Date Published: 02 Jun 2011
Three outstanding environment champions will be receiving the President's Award for the Environment from President S R Nathan at an awards ceremony at
the Istana on 2 June 2011. They are Dr Tan Wee Kiat, SMRT Corporation Ltd and
Woodgrove Secondary School.
2 The award is the highest accolade in Singapore that recognises individuals,
organisations and companies for their significant contributions to Singapore's
efforts in achieving environmental sustainability.
3 Dr Tan Wee Kiat is a visionary in promoting the environmental conservation
agenda. Pivotal in uniting the local conservation NGOs in the 1990s and developing
the green spaces in Singapore, Dr Tan's illustrious green career includes
the first CEO of National Parks Board, Chairman of the 20th World Orchid Conference
2011 and CEO of the "Gardens by the Bay" project. Dr Tan's
unwavering passion for the natural environment and his deep commitment to environmental
conservation and excellence make him an exceptional role model to all who aspire
to make a difference.
4 SMRT Corporation Ltd is a leading transport provider in Singapore with an
admirable track record in environmental sustainability. Its Green Steering
Committee headed by its CEO, drives good environmental practices and programmes
within and beyond the organisation. From managing the environmental impact
of its daily operations, to encouraging employees to go green through innovative
staff campaigns, to community-based environmental initiatives, SMRT's
effective environmental outreach and commendable track record make it an outstanding
role model which other corporate institutions can emulate.
5 Woodgrove Secondary School moulds the next generation of environmental leaders
through education, service learning programmes and school-wide events. Curriculum-based
and hands-on learning form the two pillars of the school's environmental
education pedagogy, having incorporated topics on environmental conservation
into the education curriculum. Beyond imparting its students with good environmental
practices and greening its school compound, Woodgrove also reaches out to the
community in the areas of water and nature conservation. The school's
beliefs in effecting change in its students and the larger society are qualities
that other educational institutes can learn from.
For more information, please visit the President's Award for the Environment