With Earth Day focusing attention on sustainability this week, we would like to outline some of the environmental and operational improvements the SAS Reimagined campus upgrade plan will make possible. With ambitious sustainability targets for our buildings and outdoor spaces, we aim to make SAS a leader in sustainability and a model for our students to learn from.

Planning for sustainability

  • All new construction is intended to meet Singapore’s stringent Green Mark Platinum (Super Low Energy) standard, which is the highest level of sustainability. 

  • Our carbon footprint will be reduced due to more modern, efficient chillers and energy-saving thermostats, lighting fixtures, and movement sensors.

  • Continued use of rooftop photovoltaic cells will harness solar power for use on campus or for export to Singapore's energy grid, with savings for SAS in both cases.

  • Building and renovation works will use sustainably produced products, including materials certified as low in volatile organic compounds and wood sourced from managed forests and mixed with recycled content.

  • Water-saving taps, toilets, faucets, and water fountains, as well as more efficient pipes and kitchen facilities, will result in reduced water consumption.

  • The new elementary school block is intended to be fresh-water-neutral, with gray water harvested and treated for irrigation and toilet-flushing needs.

  • Our designs incorporate indoor-outdoor areas that use natural ventilation, fans, green walls, and shade-giving plantings to replace or supplement air-conditioning. 

  • Landscaping will incorporate climate-friendly plants, water-saving methods like drip irrigation and rain-water harvesting, and synthetic turf on some high-use surfaces. 

  • Across our systems, remote sensors and improved monitoring and management software will help us avoid waste and fix problems as they occur. 

  • We hope to decrease food waste in our cafeterias through careful management by our food vendors; an eco digester will turn food waste into compost that will fertilize campus plantings.

  • We will significantly reduce single-use plastics on campus through careful selection of products and enhanced community education.

We look forward to sharing more with you about our sustainability objectives and plans in the months to come. 

At SAS, we aspire to be a world leader in education, not just in students’ academic experiences but also in our operational choices. We encourage you to browse through our dedicated microsite, SAS Reimagined, for more information. As always, we welcome comments, questions, and suggestions for future articles at mrogers@sas.edu.sg.