On 9th October 2019, Remi Cesaro, Director of Zero Waste City, had the privilege to be invited by ACS International School for the second time to showcase at the School Assembly the need for us to act on climate change, improve the way we consume resources, and to support projects that will help restore our planet.
Remi’s presentation started with the call for action video from Greta Thunberg who summarises our need for action into three points: Protect, Restore, and Fund. We were pleased to receive a very positive response from the educational team as well as from the students who were listening.
As a result of those two interventions in March and October 2019, and thanks to the strong commitment from the educational team of the school, several opportunities have been implemented to improve the use of resources. Here are the plans and projects they have implemented so far:
- Installation of e-waste bin from Singtel on campus,
- Installation of blue recycle (metal, glass, plastic) bins from Sembcorp on campus,
- Revised the whole paper recycle program to use less paper,
- Sustainability CCA (Co-Curriculum Activity) has been created. Students will be in charge of collecting data on food, waste, electricity and water, and general waste bin,
- Identified a group of Year 3 leaders to manage information from each House
- Parent group to buy bio cutlery and plates for LYN and to promote gift which are reusable for teacher day.
Although these plans and projects might seem small, they are already a massive step towards achieving zero waste goals, and we believe they should create a great impact to the students.
We look forward to working more with ACS International School and potentially implement larger and bigger project to reuse materials. And not just with them, we also aim to work with other schools to help them implement such successful programs.