Shi Zhou Tan
Student, Volunteer, and Environmental Advocate in Singapore
As an introvert, Shi Zhou finds it difficult to make new friends in primary school, this resulted in him spending most of his time at the eco garden in his primary school, watching insects and learning about edible plants and crops grown in the garden.
He only started his green journey in 2014 when he was enrolled under Temasek Polytechnic in the diploma in Chemical Engineering. He was an active member of Temasek Polytechnic Green Interest Group in the first 2 years, participating in various events such as coastal clean-up and nature hikes. His passion in research spurred him to participate in the Differential Research Programme (DRP) where he worked under the Water Technology Department to treat domestic fish wastewater.
In his final year in Temasek Polytechnic, he was elected to become the 8th President of Temasek Polytechnic Green Interest Group where he spearheaded 26 events and championed causes such as conservation, sustainability and preservation. His team also represented Temasek Polytechnic in the prestigious Singapore Junior Water Prize Competition in 2016 with the project, "A Clean-In-Place for Domestic Aquaria". As part of his final year project, Shi Zhou's project consisted of using an algae-based recirculating aquaculture system to treat industrial aquaculture wastewater.
Outside of Temasek Polytechnic, Shi Zhou is part of the Environmental Challenge Organisation (ECO) Singapore. As part of the Outreach Committee in 2016, Shi Zhou and his team organized a series of environmental debate session at the Art House.
In 2017, Shi Zhou began volunteering for Nparks and Mdm Wong's Animal Welfare Shelter, tending to the kitchen garden in Pasir Ris Park and looking after the canines at the shelter. And shortly after his graduation from Temasek Polytechnic in May 2017, he joined the Marine Conservation Group in Nature Society and the People's Team in PM.Haze to volunteer.
For his efforts, he was awarded the Community Service Excellence Award and the HSBC/NYAA Youth Environmental Award (Merit) in 2017.
Presently, Shi Zhou is part of the Tampines Central Youth Executive Committee, with the aim of starting up an environmental club dedicated to greening Tampines.
He is also the founder of GardenersConnect, a database which aims to connect all community gardens and gardeners.
Outside of his environmental work, Shi Zhou regularly jogs at his local park, grows sunflowers in his home and reads often.