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South West CDC residents go green with campaign to reduce energy consumption

Sunday, 28th January 2007: By Hoe Yeen Nie, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: It pays to go green - that's the message the South West Community Development Council (CDC) wants to get across to residents, with it's Cool South West! programme. With the help of the National Environment Agency, it wants to get residents to see that it makes perfect dollar sense to cut down on energy consumption.

They came in droves, some as early as 7 in the morning, and all of them armed and ready - all part of a recycling scheme which allows residents of South West CDC to exchange their unwanted goods for groceries.

It has been a hit among the 11 participating constituencies, and old clothing, newspapers, and even electronic goods are among the most common items they bring. This year, 28 tons of clothing and 36 tons of paper have been collected, and more keep coming in.

South West CDC is pushing its green revolution in a big way, with regular events to remind residents that recycling can be interesting - like turning pulp into paper, and plastic bags into colourful decorations.

This year, there're also new programmes to get residents to conserve electricity at home, such as switching off electrical appliances at the mains when they're not being used, and using energy-saving lightbulbs. Read more >>


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Seminars and Forums in 2007

Date Organizer Topic Location
17th Apr SIIA in partnership with CCO The Shell – SIIA Forum On CSR and the Environment 2007
NTUC Centre
April 2007 SYINC Climate Change Youth Action
Details are available upon registration

Zero Carbon City Events 2007

Date Organizer Topic Location
29th Jan British Council Cafe Scientifique: Climate Change Begins At Home
British Council Singapore
19th March British Council & Scholastic Environment Fund (SEF) Climate Change Digital Art Competition
Venue and details are available upon registration

Cool Southwest!

Date Organizer Event Location
28th Jan 07 Southwest CDC Change-A-Bulb@Soutwest
Hong Kan Community Club (North)

Green Transport Week 2006

Date Organizer Event Location
20th - 27th August Singapore
Environment Council
Pledge to take Green Transport!
Venue and details
available upon registration
27th August The Incredible Eco-Chase
*Scape at Youth Park

Passage of Hope 2006: One Earth, One Future

Date Organizer Topic Location
2nd August Eco 4 the World An Introduction and
Presentation on Climate Change

Tampines Regional Library
26th August Jurong Regional Library

Climate Change Awareness Programme 2006

Date Organizer Topic Location
22 April Singapore Environment Council Launch of Climate Change Awareness Programme
Atrium @ Orchard