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Sustainability at GSF

Taking strong strides in the direction of having a green footprint and sustainable growth

Sustainability is not just something to learn, but something to live by. We understand this and have taken steps to take action.

We understand that students spend a majority part of their day in school during their crucial years of development. We strive to give students the educational programme, physical place, and organisational culture to encourage the development of environmentally conscious global citizens.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”

Jane Goodall

Our Approach

We have adopted a whole school approach to sustainability, which involves all aspects and individuals associated with school. We connect what students learn through curriculum with what is practised by the school through its management, operations & outreach. Our five fold framework for sustainability in schools includes Structure & governance, Students & Learning, Stakeholder connect, School management & operations, Skill development.

Our Green Campuses

In all our campuses being green is a common theme. From building structure, operations to student activities and learning. Students learn about Rainwater harvesting, Water conservation, organic and sustainable farming, Renewable energy, Resource conservation, Waste management, green buildings in curriculum and can see many of those concepts in action in the school itself.

Our Contribution

Structure & Governance

Our schools have a sustainability policy and commitments, Sustainability team at each campus, regular planning and monitoring of activities.

Structure & Governance

Every campus has a calendar for sustainability related activities for students and it includes seminars, clean-ups, recycling drives, Environmental days (earth day, biodiversity day, water day etc.) celebrations. Additionally students undertake sustainability related hand-on projects in various subjects.

School Management & Operations

We provide a green and healthy school campus and grounds. We have projects which include reduction of carbon footprint, waste and water use.

Structure & Governance

Our aim is maximum participation from students as well as staff and communicate our projects in an effective manner to motivate everyone. We actively engage parents in our programmes. Increasingly our students also are having an impact in their local communities with their passionate initiatives.

Skill Development

We provide the latest knowledge & skills in this field to our students and staff. We aim to provide good research opportunities to students and platform in international competitions.

Our Contribution

Sustainability measures in our school landscapes

Urban Farming

Urban Farm placed within the school premises creates a platform for the students to participate and be exposed to environmental stewardship and civic engagement.

Through proper guidance in gardening, students will develop a combination of knowledge, skills and values and thus become a responsible caretaker in the future. Students who engage agricultural practices on a small scale learn about impacts of land cultivation, web of interaction among the living and non-living things, and have greater positive attitudes in their adulthood ensuring an environmentally-conscious future.
Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are going extinct due to humans disregarding the environment. Planting a butterfly garden in school will benefit the growth and education of all students and

bring awareness of deforestation, global warming and climate change resulting in major loss of habitats. Growing a butterfly garden provides students the hands-on opportunities to learn about metamorphosis, butterfly food preferences and habitat needs. One of the most basic functions of a butterfly garden is to encourage healthy pollination in the area. It also teaches students the importance of Nature’s capital and the general life cycle of insects.
Green Roof

Landscaping flat roofs offers an effective and practical use of space whilst helping to sustain and replace lost habitats in the process. Green roofs can help regulate a building’s internal

temperature, reduce stormwater runoff, and mitigate the urban heat island effect. Green roofs offer significant economic benefits, including a longer roof life and heating and cooling energy savings. Green roofs also help in increasing urban biodiversity and ever offer people the psychological benefits of nature.
Green Wall

A living wall is also known as a green wall or a vertical garden inject biodiversity within the school walls, helps in reducing air and noise pollution It also improves sense of well-being

for both the staff and students. With the world striving to maximise green areas within built structures, educating children the importance of land scarcity is paramount. (Especially in Singapore’s context). Vertical Greenery is one of the many green technology solutions for the mentioned problems, thus bringing about a more sustainable future and creates a sense of environmental stewardship and biophilia.
Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is the collection and storage of rain, rather than allowing it to run off. Schools have a vast catchment area consisting of not only the rooftop but also

the playground that can collect the runoff water. The RWH system not only helps in water augmentation in terms of groundwater recharge or storage but also acts as a flood control measure. It is a great way for the students to learn about rainwater conservation. We have RWH systems installed in many of our campuses‍WATER MANAGEMENT is a big element in the Green design of GIIS SMART Campus. Every drop of this precious commodity is carefully utilised, and waste is reduced. The campus uses four sources of water for its needs: Rainwater, NeWater, Industrial water and regular drinking water.
Sewage Treatment Plant

Sewage treatment is a type of wastewater treatment which aims to remove contaminants from sewage to produce an effluent that is suitable for discharge to

the surrounding environment or an intended reuse application, thereby preventing water pollution from raw sewage discharges.
Renewable Energy Use (Solar Panels)

Solar energy is the most promising renewable energy source for electricity generation, It is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available. It not only is a cost

saving feature in the long run , it contributes to a healthier environment and reduces GHG emissions from the school. Students would learn hands-on with access to solar panels in schools itself.
Rain Garden

A bioretention system is a vegetated depression also known as rain garden that captures stormwater runoff . Runoff that travels through the rain garden is briefly

detained and cleansed via filtration through the soil before entering nearby reservoirs or lakes. In this way, it not only helps to improve water quality in nearby water bodies but enhances aesthetics and biodiversity. Not only do they reduce our school’s ecological footprint, they offer a unique, hands-on education opportunity for kids.

UNSDGs and Our Commitments

Our Commitments

We support the UNSDGs and would include these in our curriculum, student and staff activities & school operations.

  • Actively create green spaces and plant native species and bio-attracting species
  • Carbon footprint reduction for all campuses
  • Regular recycling drives and reducing disposable material used

What are UNSDGs

The 17 interrelated UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.