SEC’s GreenDNA is a philosophy that inspires all our programmes – ranging from our Training & Education series, our Green Labels and Eco-Certifications, to our Awards & Outreach. It aims to encode green practices into the DNA of individuals and organisations by encouraging them to adopt the following three attributes and to embrace as part of everyday life and business operations: 1) Going One Less; 2) Low Carbon Lifestyle; and 3) Responsible Consumption and Production.
This philosophy also translates to a holistic approach to enable schools along their environmental sustainability journey using a 3E framework: Engage students’ interest; Empower them with the knowledge and skills; Evaluate the impact of their initiatives.
SGA Part B Themes
For 2020, the SGA Part B themes will be based on the GreenDNA attributes. Schools are to select the most relevant environmental topic that your project is focused on. Here is the description of each attribute and some guiding examples for what outreach projects you can work on:
Low Carbon Lifestyle
- Leading a Low Carbon Lifestyle – Adopt low-carbon habits, such as carpooling or choosing public transport to reduce emissions from travelling. You may also decide to swap the meat in your diet for more greens and ‘buy local’ to lower our food carbon intensity.
- Projects that seek to educate or reduce the carbon footprint of an existing process or programme. Guiding examples:
- Do we know the carbon footprint of our school? How can we educate our friends and family about leading a low carbon lifestyle?
- How can we reduce the carbon footprint of our school’s events?
- Can we be self-reliant and grow certain vegetables and herbs for ourselves?
- Going ‘One Less’ – Practise the 5Rs to minimise your daily waste-to-landfill. Don’t buy what you don’t need. Reuse and pass on what’s in good condition. Recycle and recycle right. Repair what’s broken. BYO to cut back on single-use disposables.
- Projects that help to refuse, reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. Guiding examples:
- Is there a way to make use of D&T workshops to educate students about repairing items?
- Can we organise a zero-waste event at school?
- Is there anything else we can do with our e-waste like old mobile phones?
Responsible Consumption & Production
- Practicising Responsible Consumption – Make conscious choices about what you buy. Purchase with minimal environmental impact in mind, opting for products that are sustainably sourced, durable and recyclable.
- Projects that help support responsibly manufactured products. Guiding examples:
- Does the school have a sustainable purchasing policy? How can we impart the importance of supporting environmentally responsible products?
- How can we reduce food waste?