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 – 20 April 2016

I’dECO Exco Meeting

 

Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Time: 9.30 – 10.15pm

Venue: Saga Student Commons

Chairs: Tan Weiliang

Secretary: Elizabeth Heng

 

PROPOSED AGENDA

 

S/N Item Timing
1 Help Needed for June Environmental Accelerator Workshop 2100 – 2115
2 SSN Clarifications 2115 – 2125
3 Availability of Exco Members 2125 – 2200
4 Joint University Environmental Conference @ NTU 2200-2215

Happy Earth Week! On Wednesday 20 April we had our film screening of Cotton Road, followed by chai, cookies, and meaningful discussion on the social and environmental implications of the clothing industry. Following the screening we had a short meeting discussing the upcoming June workshop and future plans for the SSN. For details on the structure and rationale of the SSN, please see this week’s minutes.

As you all know, I’dECO has wrapped up its last general meeting for the semester, but work is still being done for events happening this summer and in preparation for the SSN!

Volunteers Needed!

Environmental Accelerator Workshop

Environmental Education will be hosting a workshop in early June and are currently looking to enrol 100 JC and Polytechnic students from around Singapore. They are looking for a few volunteers from I’dECO or elsewhere to send out a pre-drafted email to their previous JC or Polytechnic teachers requesting that they encourage their current students to enrol in the workshop. All volunteers would have to do is write a short personal greeting and attach the rest of the pre-written email. Contact Weiliang and/or Jeffrey if you are interested in helping out!

Preparation for the SSN

There is lots left to be done before the conference in August. The first item on the agenda is conducting an initial Needs Analysis, which will be based off of response and feedback of major NGOs and will ultimately determine the scale of the SSN. Currently we are in need of people to meet with these NGOs and write-up their feedback. The work for the Needs Analysis will begin in early May and will be completed by 15 May. If you are interested in helping out for the Needs Analysis, or will be in Singapore and are interested in helping out for the SSN this summer, please contact Weiliang and/or Jeffrey.

I’dECO General Meeting – 13 April 2016

I’dECO General Meeting

 

Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Time: 9pm – 10pm

Venue: Cendana Student Commons

Chairs: Tan Weiliang

Secretary: Elizabeth Heng

 

PROPOSED AGENDA

 

S/N Item Timing
1 Events for remainder of semester (Relevant project leaders) 2100 – 2110
2 Reflections and Aspirations for next semester (Group sharing session) 2110 – 2140
3 Sustainable Solutions Network: plans from now till 20 August 2145 – 2155
4 Signups for I’dECO Summer Projects 2155 – 2200

 

On Wednesday, we had the final general meeting of the academic year. It was a meaningful session of reflecting on the ups and downs of the club over the past semester; we shared about what we liked and what we would like to see. You can read about what different members shared in the minutes! We hope those who didn’t attend the meeting can also reflect on your past year or semester in I’dECO; if you have any thoughts to share about I’dECO’s work, feel free to share them with any exco member.

Before the semester officially wraps up, we have two super fun activities lined up:

  1. ​Earth Film Festival 
We will be screening Cotton Road, a documentary that follows cotton from field (farms in South Carolina) to factories in China to the end consumer. Learn about the environmental and human costs of cheap fashion! The movie screening will be this Wednesday (20 April) @ Saga Student Commons, 7.30-9.30pm. There will be a post-screening discussion, and if anyone is interested in facilitating this, please contact Ying Tong! The event will be combined with chai and cookies, so don’t worry about leaving with empty stomachs!
        2. Terrarium Making Workshop

Kim and Gemma will be attending a terrarium making workshop on Sunday, 24 April from 3.30-5.30pm. If you’re interested in tagging along, please let Kim know. This is completely subsidized by I’dECO, and will make for a good break from your final papers!

Finally, as summer rolls around, we have a short but packed list of things to accomplish during those three months:

  1. ​Finish the Sustainability Blueprint
  2. Conduct the Environmental Accelerator Workshop
  3. Finish prepwork for the SSN
  4. Document I’dECO’s entire history
  5. Prepare for Sustainable Orientation

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

 

PROPOSED AGENDA

 

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.

I’dECO General Meeting – 30 March 2016

I’dECO General Meeting

 

Date: Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Time: 9pm – 10pm

Venue: Cendana Student Commons

Chairs: Tan Weiliang

Secretary: Elizabeth Heng

 

PROPOSED AGENDA

 

S/N Item Timing
1 Project Updates 2100 – 2115
2 Break into workgroups:

SSN Website (Jeffrey, Keith, Nicholas, Jerald)

Earth Hour Movie Screening (Ying Tong)

SSN Description Writing (Weiliang, Yingchen, Swarnima)

Orientation Service Day Proposal (Kim, Xiaoyun, Gemma)

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

2115 – 2200
  • Urban Farming: The urban farmers continued painting and drilling the planter boxes. We’ll hopefully be done next week!
  • Sustainable Events: Andrew from the DoS office is very keen on integrating the sustainability checklist into how funding is allocated to student organizations. The DoS will be responsible for carrying out this change (not I’dECO), which will be in effect from next semester onwards. Also, Jamie will be in charge of working with the DoS office next semester to make their office more sustainable.
  • Earth Film Festival: Keep your eyes peeled for the Earth Film Festival movie screening, which will take place sometime in the week of 22 April, aka Earth Week. The date, time and location of the screening have yet to be decided.

I’dECO General Meeting – 23 March 2016

I’dECO General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Time: 9pm – 10pm

Venue: Elm Buttery

Chairs: Tan Weiliang

Secretary: Elizabeth Heng

 

PROPOSED AGENDA

 

S/N Item Timing
1 Project Updates 2100 – 2115
2 SSN Logo and Timeline 2115 – 2130
3 Forming of I’dECO team for Orientation: Sustainable Orientation, Service Day, Welcome Tea 2130 – 2140
4 SSN Work (break into committees/groups) 2140 – 2200
  • Project Updates: The urban farmers continued painting their planter boxes, while the Environmental Education team is in the midst of planning for the workshop for junior college and polytechnic students that will be held in May-June.
  • SSN Logo: Suggestions for the SSN logo can be found in the minutes. These include removing the white text box behind the words, possibly moving the words below the logo, and changing the font to the Yale-NUS font, though this will require meeting with Public Affairs to confirm.
  • SSN Updates: The secretariat team will be emailing environmental groups from educational institutions around Singapore over this weekend, and will work with the P and VPs to finalize the list of organizations to approach by next Monday. Weiliang will soft-book Minister Vivian Balakrishnan from MEWR to attend the SSN as its guest-of-honor. The publicity team will be working to have the SSN website ready in 2 weeks’ time (6 April, Wed).
  • Orientation Committee (Sustainable Orientation, Service Day, Welcome Tea): Xiao Yun and Gemma will be heading the committee that will be in charge of the above orientation-related events. If you’re interested in helping them plan and execute these events, please let them know!

I’dECO General Meeting – 16 March 2016

I’dECO General Meeting

 

Date: Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Time: 9pm – 10pm

Venue: Cendana Student Commons

Chairs: Tan Weiliang

Secretary: Elizabeth Heng

 

PROPOSED AGENDA

 

S/N Item Timing
1 Project Updates 2100 – 2115
2 Earth Hour 2115 – 2125
2 Orientation 2016: Service Day 2125 – 2130
3 SSN Updates 2130 – 2140
4 SSN Work (break into smaller groups) 2140 – 2200
  • Dining Hall (kind of): Yingchen has been trying to get the cooked food rescue program with The Food Bank Singapore going and has been in contact with representatives from the Food Bank, SATS and DoS office.
  • Urban farming: The urban farmers began overhauling the farm this morning, changing the soildrilling more holes into the bottom of the planter boxes for better drainage and changing the soil. We’re also painting them with fresh coats of paint to inject some life into our farm!
  • Environmental education: The team is currently developing the curriculum for a workshop they are organizing. The workshop will target junior college and polytechnic students and will be held from 31 May to 2 June.
  • Earth Hour: The Earth Hour concert that I’dECO has co-organized with NUS SAVE is happening tomorrow, 17 March (Thurs) at the UTown Foyer (outside NTUC Fairprice) from 8 – 9.30pm. Turn your lights off and join us at the concert, featuring performances by our very own CLSMTS and Joan Ongchoco, and many other talented acts from around UTown. There will be free ice cream, an aerial kite display, good music and chill vibes~~
  • Orientation 2016 Service Day: Service Day, when different social organizations in school take charge of DF groups for a day and organize events for them, will take place on the last weekend of Orientation (Sat, 6 August). The proposal for this is due next Friday, 25 March, and needs to include details on what we plan to do and the budget for our proposed activities. If you would like to help write the proposal and/or facilitate the actual event, let Weiliang know.
  • SSN updates: The Performance Hall has been booked. The list of organizations to invite is nearly finalized. Keith has designed an SSN logo that he will refine based on suggestions raised at the meeting, and the new logo options will be up on the I’dECO facebook page soon for voting!

I’dECO General Meeting – 9 March 2016

I’dECO General Meeting

 

Date: Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Saga Anteroom

Chairs: Tan Weiliang

Secretary: Elizabeth Heng

 

PROPOSED AGENDA

 

S/N Item Timing
1 Project Updates 1830 – 1835
2 SSN Discussion 1835 – 1900
3 SSN Work (break into smaller groups) 1900 – 1930

 

We spent the bulk of Wednesday’s exco meeting discussing the motivations of the SSN and the need for such a conference in Singapore. The idea of the SSN was birthed from Jeffrey and Weiliang’s observation of a culture of collaboration amongst environmental groups in Scandinavia that they felt Singapore was lacking. The SSN is thus a way for us to promote and enable that sort of collaboration in Singapore, with the aim of making such collaboration a longer-term process through the network that will be in place post-conference. There were many questions raised at the meeting about the real need of the SSN in Singapore (e.g. what incentive is there for organizations to send representatives to our conference? what are the concrete benefits of the conference that are different from what existing events like Green Drinks can offer?), and you can read more about the discussions on those in the minutes.

I’dECO General Meeting – 2 March 2016

2 March 2016

I’dECO General Meeting

  • Date: Wednesday, 3 March 2016
  • Time: 9pm – 10pm
  • Venue: Cendana Student Commons
  • Chairs: Tan Weiliang
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Heng

PROPOSED AGENDA

S/N Item Timing
1 Updates from Cluster Development 2100 – 2110
2 New Projects for AY16/17 2110 – 2130
3 Website and Publicity Developments (only EXCO required) 2130 – 2200

 

Updates from cluster development: The experiential and research clusters have already met, and the education cluster will meet some time next week. Many ideas for new projects were raised at the cluster and exco meetings, including composting, a mini-course on environmental topics to educate students who may not take Introduction to Environmental Studies, and environmental activism activities. 

The budget for AY 16/17 is due for submission this Friday. Project leaders are reminded to send Yingchen and Weiliang a rough budget for your respective projects for the next academic year, along with a short description/brief explanation of the activities listed in your budget. Please send it to them by this Friday night (4 Mar)!

Weiliang and Jeffrey are working on an educational workshop for junior college and polytechnic students that will tentatively be held from 1-3 June 2016. The workshop aims to help students think more deeply about sustainability. If you’re interested in helping to plan and execute this project, do let Jeffrey and Weiliang know!

SSN Updates: The Sponsorship Management team has confirmed five organizations to contact – Unilever, CDL, Capitaland, Keppel Land and IKEA. They will be meeting this Sunday to draft up an email to send to these organizations and will begin contacting them soon. Finally, the I’dECO website is being upgraded – click here to see some of the changes that have been made! Project leaders are reminded to to write/edit the descriptions of their respective projects for the website by this Sunday night. 

I’dECO General Meeting – 17 February 2016

17 February 2016

I’dECO General Meeting

  • Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2016
  • Time: 8pm – 9pm
  • Venue: Saga Dining Hall Anteroom
  • Chairs: Kimberly Hoong, Jeffrey Tong
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Heng

PROPOSED AGENDA

S/N Item Timing
1 Project Updates 2000 – 2010
2 Movies and Outings for Recess Week! 2010 – 2020
3 Cluster Development, New Project Ideas 2020 – 2030
4 SSN Updates 2030 – 2045
5 Increasing presence on campus 2045 – 2100

Project updates:

  • Sustainable Events: Zoe from the DoS office is keen on implementing the sustainability checklist in the DoS office, and will work with the sustainable events team to make this change.
  • Urban Farming: The urban farmers hosted professors and students from Raffles Hall on Wednesday night — we visited their farm a few weeks back, and they came to look at ours. We also finished painting our urban farming banner which will be up soon!
  • Environmental Education: Reminder that the Chilli Padi Academy workshops will be held on the Yale-NUS campus next week, from 23-28 February. I’dECO members are welcome to sit on the sessions focused on leadership training, as well as to the following events: (1)Visit to Jurong Skygarden aka Mdm Kamisah’s farm, 27 Feb (Sat), 7-10am; (2) Lunch session and presentations by participants on their projects, 28 Feb (Sun), 11-12pm. Jeffrey will send out more details next week.
  • Publicity: The Earth Hour concert lineup and budget have been finalized; publicity for the event will begin soon. Also, NTU Earthlink is hosting a workshop on the morning of 19 March (Sat) to train participants in environmental outreach. Participants will then spend the afternoon going around Jurong Spring to spread environmental awareness to residents. If you’re interested, let Ying Tong know.
  • Sustainability Blueprint: Writing will be ramped up over recess week.
  • Experiential Learning: The experiential learning team has been disbanded. This is to allow members to start their own projects under the experiential cluster.

The picnic planned for this Saturday has been cancelled due to many school events that clash. Instead, we’ll be having the picnic (for I’dECO members) and a movie screening (open to the whole school) next Wednesday, 24 February. Jerald will be sending out more details soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

As for cluster updates — the Research cluster will be meeting next Monday, while the Experiential and Education clusters will meet after recess week. I’dECO is also looking to embark on a mix of long- and short-term projects, so members with any projects they wish to start can let their cluster leaders know!

With regards to the Sustainable Solutions Network (SSN), most of the committees’ work will be done over Recess Week. More research will be done to determine potential barriers to communication within environmental organizations in Singapore apart from communication, which the SSN website hopes to alleviate. Weiliang is also interested in writing a short report on the social innovation aspect of the SSN, so let him know if you’re interested to work with him on this!

We also discussed ways to increase I’dECO’s presence on campus. Suggestions were raised to publicize sustainable events’ efforts to make college offices more environmentally friendly, as well as to build more urban farms around campus and potentially even look at raising fish/non-plants. Any further suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Finally, EYW is coming up and we’re looking to run an activity! If any freshmen are interested, please let any exco member know — we’re hoping the freshmen can step up to lead this project. Potential activity ideas include a terrarium building workshop or an urban farming workshop.