Awards & Accolades

Strategy 1 - Cultivate a Greener University

On its City Campus, SMU’s green journey included improving energy and water efficiency as well as other initiatives which led to various Green Mark Certifications, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Singapore Standards (SS).

2022 Received funding from Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment SG-Eco Fund for a waste management project “A Sustainable City Campus – Driving Waste to Zero” . Eliminated use of single-use plastic carrier in all SMU F&B and retail stores since April 2022 . Increased our solar farm design output to 1.98 MWp with a reduction in annual energy consumption of approximately 11.9%.  Introduced more Electric Vehicle charging facilities in all carparks in alignment to Singapore Green Plan 2030.  SGBC-BCA Leadership in Sustainability Awards 2022:  Business Leadership in Sustainability – Transformation Award Category – Singapore Management UniversityBuilding Project Leadership in Sustainability – Carbon Performance Award Category – SMU Connexion  2021 Power generated by our solar farm has increase to a designed output of 1.47 MWp with an reduction in annual energy consumption of approximately 8.8%.  SMU Connexion is the first project in Singapore to obtain WELL Pre-certification.    Being recognised for efforts and achievements by SMU in improving energy efficiency, SMU was awarded the Energy Efficiency National Partnership Award for the Best Energy Efficiency Practices in the Public Sector category . Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) for Best Energy Efficiency Practices in the Public Sector (Organisation) – by EMA, NEA and EDB. Rolling out of recycling bins campus wide as part of SMU 3-Rs (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce) programme.  2020 SMU Connexion achieved BCA’s Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy) certification for its use of green building materials, on-site renewable energy generation, and energy-efficient cooling systems, smart controls, and technologies.  School of Social Sciences and College of Integrative Studies (SOSS/CIS) achieved Green Mark Platinum – Super Low Energy Building award.   Green Mark Platinum for School of Social Sciences/College of Integrative Studies [formerly known as AS3] (Super Low Energy Building) – by BCA . We achieved the energy and water performance targets set in 2017!  Introduced courses on sustainability (COR2208 Technological Solutions to Urban Challenges; COR2210 Technological Innovations Enhancing Urban Sustainability) . SMU successfully has secured significant funding from the Building and Construction Authority for the adoption of convention-defying engineering methodology and technologies which greatly reduced construction time, improved buildability, and productivity, improved construction safety standards, and most importantly reduced carbon emissions.  2019 Completed the solar farm project, which is the largest in the city centre and has a designed output of 1.35 MWp.  Two Electric Vehicles charging stations were introduced on campus.  Furniture donated to charity organisations instead of disposal . Green Mark Platinum – by BCA:  SMU Connexion (Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy) Award) SMU Administration Building  Prinsep Street Residences  SMU City Campus  2018 Prinsep Street Residences refurbished and upgraded from a non-Green Mark building to a Green Mark Platinum standard residential facility in 2018.  Community in Bloom Awards – Gold – by NParks Singapore Environment Achievement Award (Public Sector) Merit Winner – by Singapore Environment Council (Campus)  ASEAN Best Practices Award-Energy Efficient Regional Buildings – by ASEAN Centre for Energy (SMU School of Law)  2017 SMU School of Law opened in January 2017. Named as Energy Efficient Building Awards (New & Existing Building Category) winner by ASEAN Centre for Energy and Singapore Environmental Awards Merit winner under public sector category.  Commenced being a part of the Cooling Singapore research project team under Singapore ETH-Centre. The project assesses personal exposure to urban microclimate in Singapore’s context and calibrates climate models for sustainable heat island mitigation.  SMU started using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified printing papers. Cities of Love Awards 2017 – Distinguished Award – As recognition for loving your city – by Inception (Environment Category)  2016 Beyond building infrastructure and further to the pursuit of green data centres, SMU was awarded the prestigious ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management System standard this year.   Excellence in Energy Management – by NEA (Campus) SMU won the inaugural Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Award – Institutional sub-category which is jointly conferred by the Singapore Green Building Council and the Building and Construction Authority.  Leadership in Sustainable Design & Performance Award – by SGBC-BCA (Campus)  SMU was awarded the Energy Efficiency National Partnership Award under the Excellence in Energy Management category which recognised the university in demonstrating a high level of commitment to excel in energy management efforts. SMU was conferred the ASEAN Best Practices Awards for Energy Efficient Buildings (Retrofitted Building Category) at the ASEAN Energy Awards 2016. ASEAN Best Practices Award-Energy Efficient Regional Buildings – by ASEAN Centre for Energy (Campus) Community in Bloom Awards – Gold – by Nparks (Page 25) 2015 In order to establish proper systems and processes to improve the energy efficiency of our data centre, SMU established a standard to adopt best practices to optimise energy efficiency through staff training and obtaining SS564:2013 Green Data Centres – Energy and Environmental Management.  Green Mark Platinum – by BCA (Campus)  2014 Became the 1st tertiary institution to be awarded the highest PUB Water Efficient Building (Gold) certification and attained the Singapore Standard SS577:2017 Water Efficiency Management System certification in the same year.   Water Efficient Building – Gold Award – by PUB (Campus) 2012 We started collaborating with student groups (SMUSA and Verts) to organize initiatives and sustainability programs to promote awareness among the community and public such as Earth Hour and World Water Day.  2011 Green Mark Gold – by BCA (Campus), Winner list, SMU at #121. 2010 SMU started to embark on achieving Public Utilities Board (PUB) Water Efficient Building and Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark certifications from 2010 onwards.  Our Administration Building was awarded the highest Green Mark Platinum rating under the BCA 2nd Green Building Master Plan.   Green Mark Platinum – by BCA (Admin Building), Winner list, SMU at #26 2005 SMU campus earned the Landscape Industry Association (Singapore) LIAS Award of Excellence 2005 (Gold) in the Institution category. LIAS Award of Excellence – Gold Award – by LIAS (Campus)