CEL013 Environmental Issues and Sustainability in Water and Waste Management

Course Provider



Graduate Certificate

Academic Unit



This course provides learners with an opportunity to understand current water and waste management issues and practices, to appreciate the importance of developing sustainable environmental practices, and eventually build own overall picture of environmental engineering and science with a better understanding of the contemporary environmental issues and gain an in-depth insight in making a sustainable world.

The course is part of:
- Graduate Certificate in Sustainability — Strategy, Energy, Environment, and Circularity

 At the end of the course, learners are able to:

  • Identify, describe and explain major environmental issues and challenges.
  • Identify and discuss current environmental problems and practices of pollution abatement for water and land.
  • Describe emerging contaminants, impact, and adaptation/mitigation solutions
  • List main sources of waste and their management methods.
  • Describe basic concepts and principles in environmental health, safety and management approaches.  
  • Interpret correctly sustainability concepts and give examples of sustainability practices. 
  • Provide integrated case studies as examples. 


    Scope includes:

    • Overview of Environmental issues
    • Water quality and supply
    • Wastewater treatment and reuse
    • Emerging contaminants, impact, and adaptation/mitigation solutions
    • Sustainable concepts, technologies and practices for water treatment
    • Solid Waste management
    • Resource conservation and recovery
    • Land contamination and remediation
    • Environmental health, safety and management

      Suitable for current and aspiring professionals at all levels, from developing sustainability and social responsibility knowledge and skills, including the purpose-driven professionals, engineers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and the corporate social responsibility and consulting professionals.

      Standard Course Fee: S$3,597.00

      SSG Funding Support


      Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


      Fee BEFORE funding & GST

      Fee AFTER funding & 9% GST

      Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



      Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


      SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
      SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
      (Up to 90% funding)

      • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

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      Associate Professor ZHOU Yan

      Prof Zhou Yan leads a group on biological water treatment and resource recovery, where she focuses on resource harvesting from municipal and industrial wastewater and waste, from laboratory to full scales. She is involved in full-scale water recycling facility design and engineering in the industry of semiconductor, food and beverage, petrochemical, and chemical. Zhou Yan is a recipient of IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards and the final winner of ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women. She recently received L'Oréal Physical and Engineering Sciences Award and Nanyang Research Award (Young Investigator).

      Asst Prof FEI Xunchang

      Prof Fei Xunchang graduated with a BS degree in Environmental Science from Tongji University, Shanghai, China in 2008. He obtained MS in Environmental Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering, and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States in 2010 and 2015, respectively. He joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2018 as an assistant professor. His main research areas are: 1) solid waste recycling, recovery, treatment, and management; 2) landfill operation, monitoring, remediation, and mining; and 3) geoenvironmental engineering instruments and processes.


      CEL010 Corporate Sustainability: Introduction 1
      CEL011 Carbon Neutrality—Solving the Energy Puzzle 2
      CEL012 Electrification & Waste Heat Recovery 1
      CEL014 Circular Economy-Enabling a Sustainable Future 3


      Listed courses are:

      • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Sustainability — Strategy, Energy, Environment, and Circularity.