29-30 Jan: Eco-fest at NUS UTown 2019

For the curious, the cynic, or the conscious – this event is for all!

Join us at Eco-fest 2019 @ NUS Utown 2019 (outside Tembusu and Cinnamon College) and explore a wide range of topics, activities and meet interesting people. Happening on 29 and 30th of January 2019 (Tuesday & Wednesday) from 5-9PM!

Details:
Location – Utown (Outside Tembusu & Cinnamon College)
Dates: 29th and 30th Jan 2019
Time: 5-9PM
Registration: Book here!

What you can do at our Eco-fest:
1. We have talks running from 5-9PM at Tembusu Student Lounge and Chatterbox at Cinnamon College. Hear from speakers like Nat Geo Photographers, award-winning film-makers, explorers, zero-wasters, UNFCCC representatives, youth advocates, social entrepreneurs and more.
2. Join us for activities! Drag your friends for an exclusive 20-min screening of Plastic Ocean, join a Climate Conversation or try a land-use simulation game!
3. Get some handy eco-products – we have reusable straws, tumblers, bar soaps and more!
4. Get your favourite snacks zero-waste style and even churn almond butter fresh on the spot. Bring your own containers and buy yummy goodies without the unnecessary plastic!
5. Find out how to get involved – volunteer, internships, collaborations, join cool projects! We have plenty of friends and organisations who are looking for people to do great things with them. Come check out what you can do!
6. SWAP! We have a book swap, beauty product swap and a small thrift store. Come share your favourite reads with other people and get new things, or swap out that old eyeshadow palette you never really liked and share tips on how you Marie-Kondo-ed your home.
7. Check out plant-based options. Try cool plant-based products and be blown away by your options. We’re not asking anyone to make a switch, but hey, give it a go!

RSVP for our sharings, activities and drop by to speak to these people up close and personal!

Follow us on Instagram for more!
Pamela (@tingkats.sg)
Qiyun (@theweirdandwild)
Rachel (@nocarrierpls)
Tammy (@lilearthgirl)

Supported by OCBC Fund for the Environment.

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See you at EarthFest!

Every year we look forward to attending EarthFest at Marina Barrage. It’s a great place to meet many eco advocates in one space.

Will we be seeing you there?

Here is the programme guide for tomorrow, 20 Jan. The event runs from 11am to 4.30pm.

We hope to see you there!

Open Electricity Market: Your Green Options

By 1st May, all Singapore residents will be able to choose from various electricity retailers as part of the Open Energy Market initiative. This was launched on 1st November and is rolling out in phases islandwide in four geographical areas. If you’re looking for a green electricity provider, this is the event for you!

In this session organised by Climate Conversations and Green Drinks (Singapore), learn about green energy options available to residential consumers, and find out more about its retailers. Join us in this discussion about transitioning to green energy!

Panellists include:
– Jane Tay, Manager, Energy, Sunseap,
– Quek Leng Chuang, Co-founder & Director, ES Power
– Russell Marsh, Renewable Energy Policy Expert
– Joel Tai, Lead Analyst, Ohm Energy,
– Nilesh Y. Jadhav, Senior Scientist & Programme Director, Energy Research Institute @ NTU.

Date: 24 Jan 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Address: WeWork, 60 Anson Road
Admission: Free but contributions welcome
RSVP: https://greenelectricity.peatix.com/

A big thank you to our venue sponsor, WeWork 60 Anson.

See you there!

About Our Panellists

Jane Tay
Jane oversees the product development for the Open Electricity Market. Prior to joining Sunseap, Jane was in the training and development industry specialising in leadership, personal development and communication programs for corporations and individuals. A former entrepreneur, Jane brings with her extensive experience in business and product development, marketing, system development and operations.

Jane aims to greenify the environment through the adoption of solar energy, to create a sustainable future for our next generations and wildlife, something that’s close to her heart.

Quek Leng Chuang
He co-founded Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd in 1999, conceptualised and operationalised the vision from a home office to its current manifestation of 2 industrial sites in Tuas, Singapore. He continues to manage the company as one that lives and breathes sustainability, diverting and processing 26,000 MT a year of solid industrial waste from the landfill. A true practitioner in sustainability development goals, and in the conduct of business.

In 2016, he embarked on bold plan to transform the landscape of the electricity retail market in Singapore, started the ES Power brand of Carbon Neutral Electricity, with the noble vision of fighting climate change and poverty through the medium of electricity.

Mr. Quek Leng Chuang holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) from National University of Singapore and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from University of Leicester.

Russell Marsh
Russell has over 20 years of experience in climate change and renewable energy policy and regulation, and has worked for environment and business organisations, and government in the UK, Australia and now SE Asia.

Prior to moving to Singapore he led a two year project for the Essential Services Commission (ESC) in Victoria, Australia, investigating the economic, social and environmental benefits of distributed generation. The project set out to identify the benefits of distributed generation, if those benefits could be valued, and whether the energy market rules and broader regulatory framework, allowed for the efficient capture and allocation of any identified value.

From 2009-2015 he was Director of Policy at the Clean Energy Council (CEC) in Australia, the industry association for the renewable energy sector. In 2014 he was the member of an expert panel appointed by the German government to review the work of the world-renowned Potsdam Institute of Climate Research. In 2015 he was the clean energy expert member of an Australian delegation to Germany to participate in expert symposium developing proposals to inform the formal Australian – German dialogue convened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and (then) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Prior to moving to Australia Russell worked in the UK for a variety of organisations: WWF-UK, Green Alliance, UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy, E3G and the Carbon Trust.

Nilesh Y. Jadhav
Mr Nilesh Y. Jadhav is currently a Senior Scientist and Program Director at ERI@N. He leads the EcoCampus initiative at NTU, which epitomises the combination of R&D, test-bedding and industry collaboration to achieve a high impact clean technology showcase for Singapore and beyond. Before taking over this initiative formally in April 2014, he led the research group on Sustainable Building Technologies at ERI@N. He has been involved in writing the Technology Primers on Smart Grids and Solar Technologies for the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) and also was the project lead for developing Singapore’s first Technology Roadmap in the area of Energy Efficient Building Technologies with the Building Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore.

About The Organisers

Climate Conversations
Climate Conversations are a way to have meaningful conversations with the people we care about that inspire them to embrace our responsibility for our environment and our future.

We know that many people are concerned about climate change but don’t feel that they can act or know what to do. We also know that one of the best people to inspire others are their friends and family.

About Green Drinks
Founded in November 2007, Green Drinks (Singapore) is a registered non-profit environment-focused society that connects the community, including businesses, activists, academia and government, for knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities.

Singapore is one of more than 590 cities with a Green Drinks presence. Started in 1989 in London, the Green Drinks movement is a self-organising network that is meant to be simple and unstructured. The global site can be found at http://www.greendrinks.org.

About our Venue Sponsor

WeWork
WeWork is the platform for creators. We provide beautiful workspace, a global community, and meaningful business services to forward-thinking companies of all sizes and industries. Teams of any size can find refreshingly designed collaborative space, private offices, and meeting rooms that energize their employees and their guests. Passionate staff handle amenities, events, and services—engaging your employees and solving your logistical headaches.

Whether you need a desk, office suite, or entire HQ, we create environments that increase productivity, innovation, and collaboration.

Singapore’s Food System: Key points from our last panel discussion

Last month, we looked at Singapore’s food system and heard interesting details about food security, food insecurity and food waste, including anecdotes and statistics. For those who were not able to make it, we have compiled the key points into a document, you can find it here – Singapore’s Food System.

We would like to thank the wonderful panel comprising:
– Manda Foo of Bollywood Adventures,
– Max Yeo of Eco-Wiz,
– Social worker Abhishek Bajaj,
– Bjorn Low of Edible Garden City,
– Daniel Tay of SG Food Rescue,
– Daniel Yap of Yihong Minimart,
– Huiying Ng of Foodscape Collective (moderator)

Big thanks to The Hive Lavender for letting us use their venue once again.

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Singapore’s Food System: Security x Waste

Wish to hear about Singapore’s food security, food insecurity and food waste? How big are these issues? Join us as we discuss our food system, its gaps and opportunities.

In this session organised by Green Drinks and Foodscape Collective, learn about what is truly happening on the ground from these panellists:

– Huiying Ng, Foodscape Collective (Moderator)
– Manda Foo, Co-author of Food Matters, Founder of Bollywood Adventures
– Bjorn Low, Edible Garden City
– Daniel Yap – Food retailer
– Daniel Tay, SG Food Rescue
– Abhishek Bajaj, from a charity working with the low income community
– A representative, Eco-Wiz

Ask them any burning questions relating to the perspective of the food grower, rescuer, recycler and social worker. We want this to be an interactive, open discussion with the audience, so ask away!

Admission is Free. A big thanks to The Hive Lavender for making this possible!

Date: 7 Nov 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: The Hive Lavender, 1 Kallang Junction, Level 6 of Vanguard Campus
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Peatix

This is going to be a really good session, so tell your friends! See you there!

Continue reading “Singapore’s Food System: Security x Waste”

1-4 Nov: Singapore Eco Film Festival, The Conscious Festival and Clean & Green Singapore Carnival!

Next week you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to eco events. There are three big events to choose from!

THE SINGAPORE ECO FILM FESTIVAL: 1 – 4 NOV

Opening Night on 1st November at 7 pm features JANE the film. Using a trove of never-before-seen footage, the film tells the story of Jane’s early explorations and research in Tanzania.

Following our opening night, there is a three-day festival with 9 award-winning film sessions including speakers and 9 workshops. In addition to that, SGEFF features many of its community partners showcasing and celebrating environmental solutions in the Year of Climate Action. Lastly, you can become mindful on what you have seen in our environmental themed mindfulness room.

Opening time is 10am to 7pm on Friday 2 Nov to Sunday 4 Nov.

Please check out the website for film and workshop times: www.sgeff.com.

The SGEFF Festival Pass gives you access on all 3 days including films, workshop and wellness, however please note as this is a free event, registration does not guarantee you access as it is a first come first serve basis. Hence, be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the starting time of the film to save your seat.

THE CONSCIOUS FESTIVAL: 3 – 4 NOV

Organised by Green Is The New Black Asia, The Conscious Festival is back – Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 November 11AM – 7PM at Parkroyal on Pickering.

FREE ENTRY! Pre-register here: https://tinyurl.com/GITNBSG2018

Talks are ticketed * https://gitnb2018thetalks.eventbrite.sg

A place where fun and social environmental responsibility go hand in hand. With a market featuring over 70 mindful brands, transformative talks, delicious healthy eats, organic booze, interactive art and games – this is one festival not to be missed.

CLEAN & GREEN SINGAPORE CARNIVAL: 3 – 4 NOV

The Clean and Green Singapore Carnival 2018 is happening at Wisma Geylang Serai on 3-4 November 2018! Come along with your family and friends for a fun day learning all about a clean and green lifestyle. Stand to win attractive prizes simply by taking part in a wide range of eco workshops and exciting activities. We have so much lined up for everyone in the family.

Visit their website for more information!

🐯 Saving Tigers Together: 18 Nov, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Two decades ago, Dr. Kae Kawanishi entered Taman Negara to conduct the first-ever population study of Malayan tigers. What she found was true jungle—wild, chaotic, beautiful, diverse. In the years that followed, however, she also found a tiger population under increasing threat from poaching and habitat loss, as highways bisected rainforests and demand for tiger parts grew.

Dr Kae now leads the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers—MYCAT. MYCAT unites NGOs and government departments in a unique partnership based in the belief that tigers are our collective responsibility to conserve. Come hear Dr. Kae’s incredible journey and learn how you can help save critically endangered tigers too.

This talk is free. Refreshments will be served.

Date & Time: 18 Nov (Sunday), 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre (Level 1), Singapore Botanic Gardens
Admission: Free
RSVP: Please register at: https://savintigers2018.peatix.com/