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Joining the global effort in promoting sustainable campuses at the World Economic Forum

29 Jan 2010

Together with 24 leading universities around the world, NUS has pledged its commitment in developing environmentally sustainable campuses. NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, joined presidents of the signatory universities including Yale University, Harvard University, Brown University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, INSEAD, Tsinghua University and Peking University in signing the Sustainable Campus Charter on 28 January 2010 to pledge their commitment to align university operations, research and teaching with the goal of sustainability.

The Charter was issued by the Global University Leadership Forum (GULF) of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with the International Campus Sustainability Network (ICSN). Prof Tan is a member of GULF and NUS is the only Singapore university participating in the World Economic Forum.

Prof Tan said: “Environmental sustainability is one of the most pressing issues that the world faces today. NUS, a global university, is committed to reducing our environmental impact. We are privileged to coordinate our efforts with universities around the world to promote the development of environmentally sustainable campuses.”

The Sustainability Campus Charter acknowledges that organisations of research and higher education have a unique role to play in developing the technologies, strategies, citizens and leaders towards a sustainable future. The signatory universities have committed to campus-wide principles and measurable goals for sustainable development, construction and operations as well as incorporating the study of sustainability principles and practice into their educational offerings.

NUS Deputy President (Administration) Mr Joseph Mullinix said: “NUS is constantly reviewing and fine-tuning our environmentally sustainable initiatives on campus. We will continue to benchmark our practices with universities around the world and align our efforts towards long-term sustainable campus development.”

NUS' University Town is a development that exemplifies the University's commitment to a sustainable campus environment. The project was awarded the Building and Construction Authority Green Mark award for integrated environmental friendly development in October 2009. The award reaffirms the University’s bold efforts at integrating environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices with daily campus living. Completion of the first phase of University Town is expected in 2011.

NUS' participation at the 40th World Economic Forum 2010

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan is an invited participant to the 40th WEF 2010 Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Prof Tan attended the meeting of the Global University Leaders Forum, of which he is a member. In addition, Prof Tan, a member of the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Pandemics, was also invited to speak in a panel discussion on “Germs and Globalisation”.

The Global Agenda Councils of the WEF are selective, invitation-only groups of experts focusing on key topics in the global arena. Each Global Agenda Council comprises 15 to 20 members and serves as an advisory board to the Forum and other interested parties, such as governments and international organisations.