Paint The Town Green!
CapitaLand Commercial Limited employees applauded for their contributions to environmentally-friendly office buildings and a greener future
Issue: Jun 2012
Employees from CapitaLand Commercial Limited and CapitaCommercial Trust celebrated their green achievements in style at the “Paint the Town Green” event where prizes were presented to the winning teams
When it comes to its accolades and awards for Green efforts, CapitaLand is no stranger in the international real estate scene. Its active pursue of leadership in green buildings and environmental awareness have reaped significant results. CapitaLand was given several prestigious international nods such as being listed among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World in 2012, in the Sustainability Yearbook 2012, as well as bagging the Asia Pacific Green Builder of the Year Award in 2011 by Frost & Sullivan.
On a Group level, CapitaLand has been actively motivating its employees to adopt green practices in their course of work and also recognising staff that exhibit commendable green behaviour. One such example is the CapitaLand Green Rewards. Mooted in 2009 by the senior management to advocate green practices among employees, this internal award recognises employee contributions in green achievements. Carefully evaluated and chosen from nominations submitted by different strategic business units within the Group, outstanding practices were identified as Green Rewards winners.
Last month, the management team of CapitaLand Commercial Limited (CCL) and CapitaCommercial Trust (CCT) Management organised an afternoon of fun aimed at gathering its staff together as a family to cheer its Green Reward winners for 2011. 120 employees gathered at the Sky Terrace @ Twenty Anson for this celebration, dubbed “Paint the Town Green”.
“To drive environmental sustainability, we will develop Green buildings with high energy efficiency. Our minimum target is achieving Green Mark certification for our existing properties but we will target Green Mark Platinum for all new developments. Our next emphasis is on staff education. We are developing a core team of ‘Green Leaders’ who will champion Green practices and engage our office tenants to go green,” said Mr Chong Lit Cheong, CEO, CapitaLand Commercial Limited.
Outlining the Green Journey
Ongoing efforts by CapitaLand Commercial Limited and CapitaCommercial Trust in their continuous ‘fruit-bearing’ green journey
Alfred Lim, Chairman of CCL’s Green Committee and Vice President of Property Services at CapitaLand Commercial Limited, shared that CCL embarked on its green journey since 2008. He presented how the green journey has evolved in three phases over the last five years.
Starting with Phase One of the green journey, titled ‘Plucking low hanging fruits’, employees were urged to switch off all non-essential powers (eg. switching off of computers at the end of the day instead of leaving them on standby mode) and to monitor self- consumption of paper, power and water on a daily basis. Staff participation in environmental awareness events such as Earth Hour and Wear Less Day has reinforced understanding that the need to protect the Earth is everyone’s responsibility.
Progressing to Phase Two in 2010, the directive moved from targeting individual efforts to measures taken as a group at a corporate level. Phase Two’s directive was ‘Aim at higher fruits’ which included steps such as the installation of energy-efficient equipment and implementing environmentally-friendly features in commercial buildings in a bid to pursue BCA Green Mark Certification for all CCL and CCT properties.
Currently in Phase Three of the green journey, ‘Watering and fertilizing the plant’, the main objective is to devote resources into educating and carrying on the green ideals. On top of sending the operations staff to courses such as Green Mark Managers and Green Mark Facility Managers, tenants are also encouraged to take part in their building’s green efforts. This is another example of CapitaLand’s engagement efforts with its internal and external stakeholders – a key thrust of CapitaLand’s BecauseiCare campaign this year.
Thanking the Green Warriors
(From left) CCT property team representatives from One George Street, Capital Tower and Six Battery Road received the Green Reward prizes from Mr Chong Lit Cheong, CEO of CapitaLand Commercial Limited, for their teams’ contributions to the Green cause
The property management teams at commercial properties Capital Tower, One George Street and Six Battery Road in Singapore were rewarded for exceeding the SBU targets in water and electricity conservation and for their commendable efforts in achieving year-on-year savings on electricity and water since 2008.
“It is part of our daily work to monitor the energy and water consumption of our respective buildings. We have formed a Green Task Force comprising members of the respective Building Management team to track our consumption on a portfolio basis and regularly plan how to enhance savings in consumption at the properties. We hope to achieve higher amount of savings this year,” said Victor Leung, Senior Building Manager of One George Street and member of CCL Green Committee.
“Conserving energy and water has become one of our utmost priorities and this has been instilled in all our staff at the Tenant Service Centre. This is a collaborative effort and everyone has a part to play,” said Ong Soon Ann, Senior Building Manager of Six Battery Road.
“The site staff have placed strong emphasis on energy and water conservation during the daily work and are continuously exploring new green ideas,” said Cheong Pei Sze, Building Manager of Capital Tower.
Doing It All for a Good Cause
The Flea Market at “Paint the Town Green” event raised S$350 for the CapitaLand Hope Foundation and presented an excellent opportunity for employees to do their bit for a good cause
As part of the “Paint the Town Green” event was a flea market where up to 50 per cent of the proceeds will go to underprivileged children. The donation is channeled to CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand.
“We had organised a flea market previously and it was very well-received. Hence, we decided to organise this again as we see this as a great avenue for staff to find a new home for their pre-owned or new stuff, which is a form of ‘recycling’ while raising funds for the underprivileged children,” said Lee Chin Yoong, Building Manager of Twenty Anson.
The employees spent weeks gathering potted plants, soft toys, facial products and flowers for the flea market. One employee even donated 40 soft toys which he had won at the game arcade along with 15 sets of kitchenware.
“Collecting soft toys is a hobby of mine. I’ve donated some soft toys for the previous flea markets and am continuing to do so for a good cause,” said Elvin Kwek, Manager at Wilkie Edge.
It was an afternoon of celebration, cheer and camaraderie for a good cause – one that mattered to Earth and children. With so much effort invested to further the Green mission, recognitions like such as the CapitaLand Green Rewards are timely and go a long way in motivating staff and other stakeholders to go green in future.