Building a green campus environment

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From making sure that resources and waste are managed well, to nurturing a wide range of plants and trees on the campus, Tangling Trust aims to set a great example of a sustainable school.

The Operations team at Tanglin Trust are fully supportive of the school’s sustainability efforts and take a lead when it comes to managing the campus.  Brain Teng, Director of Operations / Supervising Project Director who joins us to speak at EduTECH Asia shares some insights in this post.

1.  Tell us a little about yourself?

I have been in Tanglin Trust School for the last 11 years, I have been running the operations of the whole school. In this new system school of close to 3000 students on a 5-hectare campus, my scope of responsibility includes Facilities & Infrastructure, Security & Safety, Administration and Events’ Logistics. Additionally i am also appointed as the Supervising Project Director in charge of rolling out the Master Development Plan which the school is undertaking. Estimated to cost more than S$200million, Tanglin Trust School is rebuilding its existing campus with state-of-the art facilities and technology for its students and community. At Tanglin Trust I have also project directed three BCA Green Mark Gold Buildings over the past 7 years.

2. What’s the biggest challenge you are currently facing in your capacity as an education professional?
Due to technological advancement and the prevalent use of the internet, the concept of a classroom and learning is evolving quickly. The biggest challenge would be to decipher what is useful and right way to do it, the type of modified learning space needed and the application of knowledge.

3. What initiatives, strategies or technologies are you putting into play to overcome that challenge?
Tanglin Trust as a school is constantly upgrading with the latest trend and changes. Internally, we review and debate intensively before adopting any strategies and technologies before implementation.

4. How do you see the role of educators changing over the next 5-10 years?
Unlike the past where the teachers teach and the students learn, I think at present we are looking at collaborative learning environments where teachers will become learners and work with students. Giving the students the right moral compass, bringing out the humility, kindness, compassion and building on their character would only becomes more importantly in an ever complex and connected world.

5. Give us a sneak peak into what you’ll be presenting on at EduTECH Asia
I am basically going to speak about sustainability and how we as educators could inculcate and influence the future generation towards green and sustainability living.

6. What about the EduTECH Asia conference are you most excited about?
Everything…it is the meeting of the minds for the same purpose – educational excellence.

Join Teng and other renowned educators from Asia Pacific on 8-10 November in Singapore.

Book you seat now before the ticket price rises.

See you there!


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