Saturday, 21 April 2018

Sustainable Campus Info Boards are up


If you are learning or teaching the SDGs or units on Energy & Water Conservation / Solar / Biodiversity / Sustainable cities, you might like to break up a lesson with a visit to some of our new campus info boards. The boards give an insight into how we are trying to address some of these issues right here at Dover. We know we have a long way to go to create a truly Sustainable Campus but we hope these help to stimulate more ideas of what can be done and provide case studies for your students too.
The boards also have QR codes that link to the Buildings & Operations pages of our Education for Sustainable Development website that have much more information about how we are addressing Sustainable Development on Campus. Please do contact nhu if you'd like to add any other good examples to any of the pages on this site.
Locations:
Solar: Near Guardhouse and also Level 5 of Middle School Block overlooking Junior sports Hall
Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Level 4 Primary Block overlooking Heritage Cafe
Water Conservation: Level 4 Middle School Block
Flood Control: Beside Staff Room /Canteen
Biodiversity: Outside Foundation office and above entrance to music beside High School Centre
This initiative was spear-headed by Operations & Facilities Department and kindly assisted by Communications and Foundation.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Beach Clean Up on March 22, 201

On March 22, Environmental Service had a beach clean up at East Coast. Our aim was to prevent trash from entering the ocean, or at least reduce the amount of trash that was already on the beach to protect and reduce the impact on the ecosystem. We picked up a lot of trash, and the majority of it was styrofoam, cigarettes and microplastics. Even though we are a small group and weren’t able to pick up every single piece of trash on the beach, the amount we did pick up was prevented from entering the ocean and destroying marine life. Every piece of plastic ever made still exists today, but it does break down into microplastic, releasing chemicals and some fish can eat it. Because of this, humans will be affected too, if we eat fish that has eaten plastic. This is one reason why every piece of trash we picked up counts, no matter how big or small the amount is. But the bigger the amount, the better, so we need more people to join next time so we can cover more areas that have litter on it!


Monday, 16 April 2018

Bean Too Long


After two weeks away the beds were somewhat overgrown, so the team split into weeding duties and demolition work.

The cucumbers and garlic were freed from weeds and the world's smallest cucumber was discovered:


Meanwhile two old rotting beds were moved to make way for the new space age one we had constructed before the break:


There was excitement when some beetle larvae were disturbed, but we are fairly sure they were more startled than us. Don't worry, they were safely moved to new homes in the garden.


Finally, to explain the title, some long beans were harvested and taken home- Incredibly Edible.


Before you throw that away......

Here's a great way to use your old veggie peelings and cut offs to make a lovely tasty stock:

Whenever you cook with vegetables, 

take the peelings, roots, outer leaves, skin etc, and put it in a bag in the freezer. (You can also freeze those veggies that will go off if you don't use them soon!)


When the bag is full, boil it all up for a couple of hours. 

Drain and there you have a tasty, colourful vegetable stock. Great for soups, risotto or stews.
Enjoy!

Tips:
  • For a nice colour try sweet potato peelings,
  • For a tasty Udon soup, make sure you have plenty of garlic peel and ginger skin in there
(Afterwards you can add the nice soggy veggie bits to your composter if you have one)

Monday, 26 March 2018

Building the new beds

Incredible Edibles sheltered from today's storm and started to assemble the first of our five new planting beds. The team tried all possible configurations, finally deciding that long and thin was best so you could reach and weed all of the bed easily. It also looked like a boat.

Who said teenagers don't know how to make a bed?

There was a pleasing amount of mathematics involved in the conversations as the builder/gardeners discussed the comment that whatever shape we used, the area would be the same. Is this true? Maybe the diagrams below will help:


Let's hope for better weather when it comes to locating and filling the beds after the break.
Have a great holiday everyone.


Monday, 12 March 2018

Dillstillation

Incredible Edible gardeners took a rain storm on Monday as a chance to go indoors and look at ways to use our flourishing Dill crop. With the help of Mr McWilliams in the Science Dept., and ideas from Colin in the Ideas Hub, we were able to set up the apparatus below to extract essence of Dill!

More to follow soon on this 'magnifiscent', Incredible Edibles initiative!




Friday, 2 March 2018

Campaign success for SOS Against the Haze

Long time Haze campaigner Gauri Shukla made the news last week as success of her petition was picked up by The New Paper. Gauri and her SOS against the Haze crew worked with local NGO PM Haze to convince Singapore favourites Polar Puffs and Old Chang Kee to switch Sustainable palm oil.

Congratulations to all involved - fantastic news for SE Asia! Hopefully more companies will follow suit.


Monday, 26 February 2018

Incredible Carrots

Incredible Edibles started season 2 with some weeding, watering and weird shaped, incredible, edible carrots. You don't get them like this in the shops, but nothing tastes better than a vegetable plucked straight from the earth, no matter what shape it is!

Our student gardeners have started sowing for a new harvest of incredible herbs and vegetables.


Check out the garden as you pass by and see if you can spot any seedlings sprouting through.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Waste Less Week 2017

In Week 15 of last term (27 Nov - 3 Dec), we celebrated Sodexo's Waste Less Week. This is an annual event that takes place worldwide to get us all thinking about how we can help our environment by wasting less. 

In the Primary School, the Eco Rangers group led the way, focusing on several key areas and ways to waste less: water, plastic, electricity, fuel, paper and food. Here's the link to the introductory video they made:



Throughout the week, students were encouraged to make photo pledges, stating what they were going to waste less. In total, a fabulous 310 pledges were made - you can see some of the photos below. 


In conjunction with Waste Less Week, we also had a collection for the Singapore Food Bank. Donations came pouring into the Primary School Office and our Eco Rangers had the proud job of handing over 3 whole boxes of food donations. Sodexo kindly topped up our contribution, donating one cup of rice for every photo pledge that was made. That's a lot of rice! 


The Eco Rangers present our Primary School donations to the Singapore Food Bank

Waste Less Week was a big success and it was wonderful to see everyone in the community thinking of ways that they can cut down and waste less. Let's keep it going!