Take Action

Change starts with action. Better yet, an action that affects the world around you. 

From students to faculty, staff to partners, there are ways for anyone to make a difference. Start today and keep coming back, keep taking action, and join the movement to change the world.

Play Your Part in Sustainability

Legend:
3Rs
Act of Kindness
Energy
Food
Living
Transport
Water
Work
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Find a First Responder

In SMU, we have a team of First Responders (FRs) to support and provide immediate emotional support and care to colleagues in cases of sexual harassment and other workplace harassment, discrimination and bullying. 

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Travel without flying

Consider alternative travel options like rail (sleeper to high-speed), car or coach when travelling in the European regions. 

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Read about sustainable living

The SMU librarians have curated a list of e-books and resources to guide you in sustainable living. Check them out!

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Volunteer & participate

Volunteer with NEASingapore Environment Council, or one of the many green groups in Singapore. Join the “Bring Your Own” (BYO) movement, encouraging Singaporeans to use reusable bags at supermarkets. The Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) has more.

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Stop the drips

Don't leave that tap running while you brush your teeth or lather soap on your face and body. Install low-flow fixtures to save water. See more from Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore's National Water Agency.

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Consider reusable paper

Imagine a notebook that never runs out of pages. What you write connects to your digital files or planner, and reusable paper erases clean after being wiped by a damp cloth. 

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Take public transport

SMU is serviced by 2 MRT stations (Bras Basah on Circle line, Bencoolen on Downtown) and many bus stops, so take your pick!

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Get Active, Feel Good

Download the SMU Resilience app today on the Google Play Store!

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Calculate your carbon footprint

United Nations carbon footprint calculator shows your carbon footprint across household, transport, and lifestyle categories. Your results are then displayed alongside the country’s average and the world’s average.

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Meet online

Conducting your meeting over virtual tools like Microsoft Teams or Zoom means you may save time, transportation fees and also lower your carbon footprint!

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Reduce flight emissions

If you must fly, choose Economy Class, non-stop, direct flights, fuel-efficient carriers, airlines/hubs that use sustainable aviation fuel, or offsetting schemes.

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Digitise your forms

Need to collect data? Create an e-form, and incorporate automation too. So that your forms are always accessible, and you save trees too!

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Clean up a beach

We don’t need to stress enough how polluted our waters are. Beach Clean Ups will not solve the cause of our pollution, but it is time for us to clear the mess we have made. Sponsor, attend or organise one.

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Upcycle your denims

Bring your pre-loved denim jeans to The SMU Shop, and we will transform them into creative new merchandise such as bags and pouches! This is a partnership with SMU Artfest 2022 Lost & Found.

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Recycle paper in campus

We have 20 locations for collection of waste paper, and monthly collection dates for off-site shredding. All payments received from the sale proceeds will be credited into the SMU Staff Welfare Fund.  

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Go local

Support our farmers, improve our food resilience. Local produce is fresher, closer to home and thus have a lower carbon footprint.

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Share food with your BFF

You can't finish that big pizza? Why not share it with your BFF? Save money, and cut down food wastage too! 

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Strengthen mental health

Participate in Mental Health Week this year which focuses on the 4 aspects of physical resilience - sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and creating a safe environment for oneself. 

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Buy responsibly

Buy only what you need. Consider our SMU Shop Sustainability collection created by our own students and alumni entrepreneurs.

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Package Pals sorting sessions

Package Pals is co-founded by SMU undergraduate Rachel Han. Read about their startup journey here and join their monthly sorting sessions at Our Tampines Hub.

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Collaborate in urban related research

Engage in urban sustainability research with themes in Urban Structures, Network and Flows, Behaviours and Choices.

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Develop good '3R' habits

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Don’t leave the house without a full reusable water bottle. Instead of ordering coffee to go (ta-bao), order coffee ‘to stay’. When placing orders for food online, choose the ‘no cutlery’ option. 

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Shower in 5

By cutting your shower time from 10 minutes to 5, you can save about 47.3 litres of water each time.

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Turn off when not in use

If you turn off your appliances using the remote control, they continue to draw power, so switch them off at the power socket. Learn more tips by our National Environment Agency.

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Say no to plastic straws

Do you know our SMU Koufu is the first food court in Singapore to stop using plastic straws? Bring your own reusable straw when you dine here.

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Back A Million Books

Alum Joline Tang's Sustainability project, A Million Books, was born with a mission to rehome preloved books. All profits are used to support tree planting efforts in Singapore. You can participate by donating or buying used books, or even organise a book donation drive. 

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Experience WOW

WOW is SMU's Work on Wellness, Wellness on Work programme, to help you build resilience through health talks, health screening, fitness classes, workshops and courses. 

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Keep cool with a fan

Using a fan consumes 1/10 of the electricity as compared to an air-conditioner, which means a savings of about $840 a year!

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Celebrate cultural Diverse-city

Diverse-city is a week-long SMU festival that promotes social integration and appreciation of ethnic and cultural identities to celebrate cultural diversity, organised by our SMU Icon (International Connections) club. 

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Dispose of used cartridges responsibly

There are 10 designated locations on the SMU campus to dispose your used cartridges. All sale proceeds from the used cartridges will be credited into the SMU Staff Welfare Fund. 

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Meditate… Be Mindful…

Meditating for 5 minutes a day can improve your quality of life. Resilience is one of the key benefits from a mindfulness practice. 

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Repurpose used coffee grounds

Alum Joline Tang's Sustainability Project, Kāfēi, aims to repurpose used coffee grounds, upcycling them to soaps, transform them into body scrubs, or make them into fertilisers. Donate yours, or engage them to conduct upcycling workshops.

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Express gratitude

Write before you go to bed. Even if you think of things that may seem small, this is a good way to learn to appreciate what you have and be happy.

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Support Ugly Food

SUTD-SMU Double Degree Programme alum Pei Shan founded UglyFood with a mission to eliminate food waste and revamp the food ecosystem. They aim to make sustainability a part of people’s everyday lives. Check them out!

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Get Active, Feel Good

Download the SMU Resilience app today on the Apple App Store!

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Get counselling and support

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a 24/7 confidential counselling service and employee support programme for SMU employees and immediate family facing personal and/or workplace challenges.

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Cut down on food wastage

Project Midori is a student-led SMU community service programme, driven by a group of undergraduates who are passionate about reducing food wastage. Check out the Instagram page!

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Donate materials

Donate A4 paper (1 side blank), scrap fabrics, beverage carton, foam pump bottles, or other useful items. The Sustainability Project is started by SMU Alum Joline Tang.

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Eat plant-based

Choosing a plant-based diet two to three times a week may make you feel more refreshed and healthy, and also help to lower your carbon footprint! See the many vegetarian options available at our F&B outlets. 

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Start a SG Eco Fund Project

Do you have an idea for a project that supports environmental sustainability and involves the community? The Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) SG Eco Fund offers financial support for ideas that create positive impact.

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Drive an Electric Vehicle (EV)

We have 7 numbers of EV Charging Stations at Administration, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Yong Pung How School of Law's car park for use by SMU faculty, staff, and students who own an Electric Vehicle.