Singaporeans can give their views on building a cleaner, greener and smarter Singapore

A series of engagement sessions over January will allow Singaporeans to share ideas on how to make a cleaner, greener Singapore. PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - While Singapore can look back proudly on its achievements over the last 50 years, including becoming a city in a garden, the next phase of development will hold new possibilities, challenges and questions.

Challenges include how to cut down on food and electronic waste; how homes can be built to be more environmentally friendly or how technology to be used to improve the daily commute.

Singaporeans will be able to share their ideas on topics such as these, in a series of engagement sessions titled "A Cleaner, Greener and Smarter Home" over this month.

A symposium was held on Thursday at the Gardens by the Bay, involving some 300 participants, and attended by National Development Minister Lawrence Wong and Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli, to kick-start the engagements.

There will be 17 sessions in January and one in February. The engagements are led by the Ministry of National Development, with the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Ministry of Communications and Information, and Ministry of Transport.

The discussions will be based on four main themes: City in a Garden, Vibrant Community Spaces, Eco-smart Towns and Gracious Living, and A Green and Conserving Culture.

Each session will delve into topics including the future of hawker centres, becoming a nation of zero waste and how to improve our commuting experiences. They will be held at the Marketplace, near The Future of Us exhibition.

There will also be site visits to the rail corridor, HortPark and the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Members of the public who would like to attend any of the dialogue sessions can sign up at

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