Date Published: 08 Oct 2010
Three outstanding leaders in environmental partnerships will be receiving the
President's Award for the Environment from President S R Nathan at an awards
ceremony tonight at the Istana. They are Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
(GST) Singapore Pte Ltd, Nan Hua High School, and Singapore Polytechnic.
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 Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST) Singapore Pte Ltd (Hitachi GST)
has been relentless in pursuing environmental sustainability. The company has
excelled not only in managing the environmental impact of its operations, but
also in championing environmental causes both within and beyond their organisation.
Since 2004, it has initiated and developed environmental projects with both
primary and secondary schools and has forged strong partnerships with these
schools over the years. The company is also a recognised expert on good environmental
practice in the private sector and has been invited by other companies to share
this knowledge with them.
4 Nan Hua High School has placed great emphasis on raising environmental awareness
amongst its students since 2001. Beyond incorporating environmental topics
into the formal curriculum, the school has displayed outstanding leadership
in communicating environmental messages to the larger community. Its environmental
activities are well-integrated not only within the school, but also within
the community in the South West District. These activities cover a comprehensive
range of issues such as resource conservation, anti-littering and dengue prevention.
The school has also initiated several national-level programmes reaching out
to many other schools.
5 Singapore Polytechnic, the first polytechnic in Singapore, mobilised the
entire campus to help protect the natural environment within its compound and
conducts outreach programmes to the industry and the community. Its positive
impact on the community is significant and commendable. InnoVillage, a research
hub within the polytechnic, is not only a collaboration platform for various
industry partners to work on environment-related technologies, it also serves
as a learning centre for showcasing and explaining these technologies to secondary
school students. The school has also spearheaded a Heritage Tree trail within
their premises to engage secondary school students on nature conservation.
Singapore Polytechnic will be the first polytechnic to receive the award.
8 OCTOBER 2010
MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES
Appendix I - Details on The President's Award for the Environment
Appendix II - Profile of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST) Singapore
Appendix III - Profile of Nan Hua High School
Appendix IV - Profile of Singapore Polytechnic
Appendix V - Details on President's Award for the Environment Trophy
Appendix VI - Judging Panel