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Five Year Green Plan

Published at: Nov 20, 2010
source: NEA Website
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The National Environment Agency (NEA), the five-year community-wide environmental action plan aims to mobilise a community movement in going green, promoting environmental awareness and fostering ground-up action in the South East district.

The South East GreenPlan was launched today by Senior Minister Professor S Jayakumar together with Mr Matthias Yao, Mayor of South East District. The event was also attended by special guests: Ms Jessica Tan, MP for East Coast GRC and Adviser to East Coast GRC Grassroots Organisations (GROs), Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and Mr Seah Kian Peng, MPs for Marine Parade GRC and Advisers to Marine Parade GRC GROs at the South East Clean and Green Singapore Carnival.

Initiated by the South East Community Development Council (CDC) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), the five-year community-wide environmental action plan aims to mobilise a community movement in going green, promoting environmental awareness and fostering ground-up action in the South East district. The plan is also supported by the National Parks Board (NParks) and PUB the National Water Agency.

South East GreenPlan
The South East GreenPlan will focus on four key thrusts in line with the National Sustainable Development Blueprint: energy-efficiency, resource and water conservation, public health (keep the environment litter-free and dengue-free), appreciation for green and blue spaces.  Four stakeholder groups will be engaged: Green Homes (individuals and households), Green Schools, Green Grassroots and Green Organisations in the private and public sectors.
Underpinning the South East GreenPlan is a two-pronged “T” approach: the horizontal bar of the “T” represents broad-based initiatives which engage many stakeholders to each do a small part for the environment; the vertical bar of the “T” represents interest groups and organisations going deep in their environmental efforts.

In encouraging broad-based participation, the GreenPlan will engage the community in simple programmes such as the Green Homes AWaRE  Challenge @ South East, which was launched on 7 November 2010.  This is a one-year audit programme on dengue prevention, energy efficiency, water conservation and recycling, which aims to reach out to 1,000 households within a year. 

In addition, the GreenPlan will encourage and support individuals and organisations to be more ambitious and go further in the environmental initiatives that they are interested in. As they adopt greater ownership of the initiatives, they are more likely to sustain them. For instance, a group of individuals from the Changi Simei Constituency helped to set up a niche recycling programme in the constituency in 2005. Since then, their popular weekly collection drives have even attracted the participation of Tampines residents.

Green Network and Green Community Portal
To enhance and sustain ground-up community initiatives and efforts, a Green Network will be formed. The network aims to encourage like-minded individuals and groups to share their experiences and best practices, and to harness each other’s strengths and resources to collaborate on environmental projects.
A green community portal will be set up by April 2011 where partners of the Green Network can communicate and keep in touch with one another more closely. It will feature a network database and updates on the various green initiatives in the South East district. The portal will keep the partners updated on each other’s initiatives, and drum up more support for their events.

South East Clean and Green Singapore Carnival
The GreenPlan was launched at the South East Clean and Green Singapore Carnival, which was jointly organised by NEA and South East CDC. Held over two days at EastPoint Mall, the carnival adopted a fun-filled, interactive approach to reach out to children, parents and the general public.

Key highlights of the carnival include an e-waste collection drive by Dell, a Green Cooking Competition, Recycling Craft by ITE College East, as well as the “Learn N Earn” Competition where participating students created exhibits and game cards to engage members of the public on environmental issues.  The total points accumulated by the students earned $5,300 cash for needy children in the South East District.

Notably, the South East Clean and Green Singapore Carnival was also conducted as a Green Event, featuring environmentally-friendly practices such as using a simple launch mechanism, printing on recycled paper, sending out of e-invites, setting up of recycling corners and reusing past game stations to create new ones.

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