Why universities should steer climate action

Given their facilities and expertise, higher education institutions can play a key role by driving research and nurturing champions of sustainability

The award-winning energy-efficient zero energy building SDE4 at NUS. PHOTO: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE AND SERIE ARCHITECTS
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At the University Town's Education Resource Centre, there are heritage Tembusu trees that are intentionally conserved by building around rather than over them. At other parts of the campus, buildings are being re-engineered into green infrastructures with zero-energy emissions.

Climate change and sustainability present many complex multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges, big and small, to all of us. As universities, being at the forefront of scientific and technological research offers us a great vantage point to create change, drive research, and seize opportunities to test cutting-edge practices and solutions by serving as living laboratories for experimentation.

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