I’dECO Weekly Update – 5 September 2016

This week all three clusters had meetings discussing projects and plans for the semester. Here is a brief overview of the projects and their objectives:

  1. Research Cluster-
  • Blueprint: This project is set to wrap up the writing of the Blueprint with final edits and additions. Upon completion of the final draft, members will engage with and gather feedback from the school, and implement changes within the school administration and departments.
  • Sustainability Consultancy- This is a new project which will speak to industry insiders about the best practices in environmental consultancy, and develop a mode to specifically advise YNC’s macro-policies.
  1. Education Cluster-
  • Chili Padi Academy: slated for Feb’17. The main objective of this project is to empower participants to propose projects that tackle the intersection of social and environmental concerns. An important feature of the program is sustained mentorship over a period of 3 months.
  • SEAL: slated for Dec’16. The aim of this project is to promote a systemic approach of looking at environmental problems in Singapore, which will prepare participants to advocate for system-wide policy recommendations.
  • mini-SEAL (TBC): A proposed curriculum that dilutes the SEAL’s curriculum, currently targeted at JC/Poly level, for secondary school.
  • I’dECO Workshop on Environmental Theory and Discourse: This projects aims to get people to think about how environmentalism intersects with social justice issues and building coalitions for 21st century activism.
  1. Experiential Cluster-
  • Experiential Learning: This project aims to engage the rest of the Yale-NUS community with natural areas in Singapore, to foster an appreciation and sense of importance for nature.
  • Urban Farming: A major focus of this project will be engaging the rest of the Yale-NUS community. Urban Farming will invite people from the rest of the Yale-NUS community once the state of the farm improves.


I’dECO Exco Meeting – 6 April 2016

I’dECO Exco Meeting


Date: Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Time: 9pm – 10pm

Venue: Elm Buttery

Chairs: Tan Weiliang

Secretary: Elizabeth Heng




S/N Item Timing
1 Project Updates 2100 – 2115
2 Ideas for end-of-sem outing 2115 – 2125
3 Break into workgroups:

SSN Website & Earth Hour Movie Screening (Jeffrey, Keith, Ying Tong, Nicholas, Jerald)

SSN Description Writing (Weiliang, Yingchen, Swarnima)

SSN Sending of Emails and timeline of meetings (Kim, Eliz, Xin Run, Xiaoyun, Gemma)

2125 – 2200


  • Urban Farming: The farm will be closing over summer — we’re planning to start afresh next semester!
  • Sustainable Events: Swarnima will be liaising with the DoS office on the integration of the sustainability checklist into the allocation of funds to student organizations.
  • Earth Film Festival: Ying Tong is in charge of organizing this event. Venue TBC. Ying Tong has set up a poll on the I’dECO facebook page: please vote for the film you want to watch by 10pm tomorrow (Sunday)!
  • Environmental Education: The team is moving forward with planning for the summer workshop.
  • Orientation: Organization of Service Day is under way, as are the flea and the greening of orientation based on ideas from our Sustainability Blueprint.
  • Sustainability Blueprint: Full draft to be finished by mid-May. Editing will begin when the team is done with their final papers, and will continue until June.

The last general meeting of the semester will be held next Wednesday (13 April), 9-10pm, in the Cendana Commons. As it’s the last meeting of the year, it’s compulsory for all I’dECO members to attend. We’ll be wrapping up this semester’s activities and reflect on what we’ve done over the past semester.