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Green Schools Initiative

A suite of educational outreach tools and programmes to elevate the profile of sustainability and green building in the younger generation.


Event Synopsis

The SGBC Green Catalyst 2018 event is organised by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) as part of its Green Schools Initiative (GSI) educational outreach programme. Involving all five polytechnics in Singapore, the event brings together the creative and innovative minds of the younger generation with the experience and expertise of industry leaders, aiming to turn sustainable goals into action.

Held for the first time in 2018, the SGBC Green Catalyst 2018 event takes the form of a hackathon with a twist: after a first pitch event, the industry leaders will mentor the student teams to refine and polish their proposed solutions before showcasing them at a final event.

Event Theme

Turning Sustainable Goals into Action – the theme for the inaugural SGBC Green Catalyst 2018 event. Based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) for Green Building as identified by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), the event will challenge student teams to develop practicable green building solutions.

Participating Institutions

  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Temasek Polytechnic

Industry Mentors

The Mentors for the event are Winners of the Green Building Individual Award Category under the SGBC-BCA Sustainability Leadership Awards 2017. As leaders in their respective fields, the Mentors will be able to provide keen insight and actionable advice to the student teams, enabling them to develop a judiciously workable solution that turns sustainable goals into action.

First Pitch Event

On 23 April 2018, 9 student teams from all five participating institutions pitched their preliminary solutions to the Industry Mentors at a First Pitch event held at the Singapore Sustainability Academy. From product-based solutions to innovative building management frameworks, the students put forth creative proposals that ignited the Mentors' interest. During the intensive session, the Mentors gave valuable feedback and industrial insight to the students, crucial nuggets of information that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.


A selection of images from the First Pitch event can be found here.

The teams will work with their Mentors to refine their proposed solutions before a Checkpoint Event scheduled for June 2018.

To find out more about this Challenge, contact James Tan at 67325518 or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.