Total of 59 awards given out at environmental care competition

Mr Wong Weng Sun (left) and Mr Masagos Zulkifli (centre) at the display of the Primary School Category first prize winners from Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School.
Mr Wong Weng Sun (left) and Mr Masagos Zulkifli (centre) at the display of the Primary School Category first prize winners from Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School. PHOTO: SEMBCORP MARINE

SINGAPORE - A total of 59 awards were given out at the Green Wave Environmental Care Competition 2015 awards presentation ceremony on Friday (26 Feb). Organised by Sembcorp Marine, the yearly competition encourages students to address a broad spectrum of environmental issues through their projects.

In its 13th edition, the competition attracted 234 projects from about 850 students from primary to tertiary institutions. For the first time, two awards were given out to tertiary institutions from Indonesia for the 2015 competition.

Speaking at the award presentation ceremony, Guest of honour and Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said he was encouraged by the rising "green consciousness" among youths, and emphasised that greater commitment to environmental sustainability from youths can lead the way forward in tackling environmental issues.

Among the winning participants was a team from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), which created software that educates fellow students about water conservation. They tapped on social media platforms to extend the reach of their cause, and get the community invovled.

The 2016 edition of the Green Wave Environmental Care Competition is now open to schools from primary to tertiary level. The competition aims to get more entries from tertiary institutions in the region this year, to address shared environmental challenges and raise awareness of the need for greater environmental consciousness in the region.

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