11 Jan: Screening of Before the Flood & panel discussion

Have you watched Before the Flood yet? The Wedge Asia, Green Is The New Black Asia and The Working Capitol are hosting a screening next week. More details below.

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Green Drinks: Towards a Circular Economy for Singapore

This month, find out about the circular economy and its development in Singapore. Our speakers include Eugene Tay of Zero Waste SG and Mike Orgill of Airbnb.
This event is co-organised with Zero Waste SG. 
About Eugene’s Talk
Title: Towards a Circular Economy for Singapore
Summary: This talk will introduce the concept of the circular economy, and share the current status in Singapore and what we can do to move towards a circular economy for Singapore.
About Mike’s Talk
Title: Airbnb – A Greener Way to Travel
Summary: Mike will introduce home sharing, and how it promotes more environmentally sustainable travel. He will share more about how the Airbnb community promotes a more efficient use of existing resources, highlighting what this means in terms of energy consumption, greenhouse gas emission, water use, waste production, and sustainability awareness.
Date: 29 September 2016 (Thurs)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Singapore Jazz Club, 101 Jalan Sultan, #02-00 The Sultan
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com
About Eugene Tay
Eugene Tay is the Executive Director of Zero Waste SG (http://www.zerowastesg.com), a non-profit organisation dedicated to help Singapore accelerate the shift towards zero waste and the circular economy. Zero Waste SG aims to promote education and engagement on the 3Rs among individuals; increase waste minimisation and recycling among businesses; and reduce specific waste such as plastics and food waste.
A key programme by Zero Waste SG is the Circular Economy Singapore, an informal network of individuals, businesses and organisations that support and embrace the concept and principles of the circular economy. Eugene is also the past President of the Sharing Economy Association (Singapore).
About Airbnb
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodation around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.
Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetise their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
About Mike Orgill
Mike Orgill leads Airbnb’s public policy and government affairs activities across the Asia Pacific region. In this role Mike partners with governments and policy makers to develop new policy and regulatory frameworks for home sharing and the sharing economy. Prior to joining Airbnb, Mike led Google’s public policy efforts in Asia’s emerging markets on a range of Internet policy issues, including data protection, security, content regulation, freedom of expression and cross-border data flows. Mike began his career in Washington D.C., at the US-ASEAN Business Council where he represented major US investors in Southeast Asia on complex trade and investment issues across a variety of industries. Mike is a graduate of Stanford University.

10 September 2016 – Water Falls: Rise in Rhythmic Consciousness

Calling all eco-conscious and expressive types: a unique event centred on understanding the freshwater crisis through art, music, dance and photography.

‘Water Falls: Rise in Rhythmic Consciousness’, is a three-hour experiential water awareness journey that connects the environmental and social impact of water consumption with music and mindful movements to inspire individuals and businesses to action.

‘Water Falls’ will feature debut performances in Singapore by former world champion break-dancer and choreographer Daniel ‘Sonic’ Rojas; Japanese-Brazilian drummer Danilo Tsuyoshi; multi-instrumentalist Aki-ra Sunrise and musician Hiroyuki Matsuhisa.

Pressing water issues will be shared and discussed by freshwater and sustainable finance expert, Herry Cho, to make aware of the true impact that our daily lifestyles have on water.

We invite you to come with an open mind to learn, be empowered and celebrate the power and movement of water.

Places are limited and special early bird rates are available for those who book before 11 August 2016.

Date: 10 September 2016
Time: 2 – 5pm
Venue: Multipurpose Hall, Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal St, Singapore 199918
How to Register: Facebook and Peatix
Early bird Ticket Price: $45 *sold out*
Online Ticket Price: $55
Door Price: $60
Student Price (with ID proof): $40
Group Price: 4 tickets or more at $45, after 11 August

*The event is for those above the ages of 15 only


12-14 August 2016: Climate Innovation Challenge

The Building & Construction Authority (BCA), National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) and JTC Corporation have organised a Climate Innovation Challenge, more details below!

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Green Drinks: Development of the Lentor (Tagore) Forest


For June, we look at the Lentor (Tagore) Forest, which is slated for housing development. A secondary forest, this space is home to nationally and globally threatened mammals such as the Sunda Pangolin, Banded-Leaf Monkey and Sunda Slow Loris, endangered and vulnerable plants, as well as naturally and globally threatened birds.

Speaking this month, we have Dr Ho Hua Chew, a member of the Executive Committee of the Nature Society (Singapore), working mainly within the Conservation Committee. Also, Primatologist Andie Ang will be in the audience to answer any primate-related queries.

Dr Ho will present a summary of  Nature Society’s position paper with on the ecological/biodiversity assets of the forest.

Date: 29 June 2016 (Wed)
Time: 7pm – 9pm+
Venue: SingJazz Club, 101 Jalan Sultan, #02-00, The Sultan.
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com

See you there!

About Dr Ho

Dr Ho Hua Chew is a member of the Executive Committee of the Nature Society (Singapore), working mainly on the conservation front on behalf of the Society for about two decades.
As past Chairman of the Society’s Conservation Committee, he was involved with the formulation of the Society’s conservation proposals for such areas as Sungei Buloh, Kranji Marshes, etc., as well as the Master Plan for the Conservation of Nature in Singapore (1990).
Currently, he continues helping in co-ordinating the Society’s conservation activities & projects, such as feedbacks to government land-use & development plans, biodiversity surveys, etc.
Education: MSc in Landscape Ecology, Design & Management (Imperial College); MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation (University of East Anglia); Ph.D in Philosophy (University of Washington).

About Andie Ang

Andie Ang is the founder of Primate Watching online resource (www.primatewatching.com) and a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. Having completed a M.Sc. on the ecology and conservation of Singapore’s banded leaf monkeys, she is now studying endangered primate species in Vietnam for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Have you tried GrabHitch yet?

Happy World Environment Day!

We thought that we should highlight the availability of GrabHitch – a carpooling service that connects passengers and private car drivers going in the same direction by Grab, which is well known for its GrabTaxi service. You can schedule your trips in advance and you will be notified when there is a match.

Get started by downloading the Grab App from the Apple app store or Google Play store, and opting to be a passenger or driver. Drivers can easily sign up by following these steps:
GrabHitch signup sequence

There is a special promotion for drivers who sign up and do 1 ride this month – receive 1 x ticket to the Cool Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay ($20 value). Use the referral code – “hitchforearth” when you sign up as driver.

Passengers need to register their credit card details on the GrabPay tab from the app menu, before being able to book a ride. Once you have done that, go to the main page and key in your pick up and drop off details and select GrabHitch from the service bar at the bottom. Click “Book” and wait to hear back. For more details, you can visit their website.

While Green Drinks (Singapore) encourages the use of public transport, we also recognise that there are opportunities for transportation to be greener for individuals. For example, there could be private vehicles on the road that may have only one or two passengers travelling to work or to an event, and some others in the same neighbourhood might be travelling in the same direction, but opt to take a taxi or drive their own car. With the option of a carpooling service, there is a possibility of reduced emissions unless of course, there is an increase of carpooling – away from public transport use.

Image courtesy of Grab

PS. This is not an advertorial

10 – 11 June 2016 – [Global Asia] Memes, Schemes & Dreams: Imagining Singapore Urban Futures

You are cordially invited to a two-day workshop titled “Memes, Schemes and Dreams: Imagining Singapore Urban Futures”. The workshop will take place between Friday, 10 June (The POD, National Library Building)-Saturday, 11 June (NTU) 2016. More details below.

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