Green ‘LEAF’ accolades: NUS recognised by NParks for landscape design and management

NUS has received six awards under the 2020 Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF) certification scheme by the National Parks Board (NParks). As the first scheme in Singapore to recognise excellence in the best practices of landscape design and management, LEAF was developed to contribute to Singapore’s journey in becoming a City in Nature.

The 2020 LEAF certification scheme had placed greater emphasis on ecology, and the integration of greenery in design and management, in line with the City in Nature vision.

Certifications were awarded to NUS’ Academic Green, S9 and SDE4 buildings, University Town, University Sports Centre and Yale-NUS College. Among the awards, University Town and Yale-NUS College were both certified as Gold recipients. SDE4 was certified as a Silver recipient and commended for its environmental sustainability efforts. Yale-NUS College also received a special mention for promoting community well-being and engagement.

“NUS is delighted to receive six certifications under the revamped LEAF certification scheme launched by NParks (Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology) in 2020. Getting these certifications is a testament to NUS’s growing capability in building well-designed and sustainable landscape, that is line with our Smart, Safe and Sustainable campus goals, “said Professor Yong Kwet Yew, NUS Senior Vice President (Campus Infrastructure).

Besides restoring nature within an urban fabric, the LEAF certifications also encourage ecologically, climatically and socially resilient developments in Singapore’s landscape.