Garden Party

CapitaMalls Asia celebrates green initiatives by giving out CapitaLand Green Rewards at Gardens by the Bay

Issue: Nov 2012

Amidst greenery and blooms, with Marina Bay as the backdrop, CapitaMalls Asia staff were recognized with Green Rewards
Amidst greenery and blooms, with Marina Bay as the backdrop, CapitaMalls Asia staff were recognized with Green Rewards

It was an ideal place to hold a party to recognise green efforts. After all, it is where Nature can be enjoyed at its best - flanked by the glorious blooms in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, and over-looking the waters of Marina Bay. At the horticultural sanctuary, 400 CapitaMalls Asia (CMA) staff from Singapore, China and Malaysia gathered to honour those who had, in the past year, contributed to CapitaLand’s green efforts.

The CapitaLand Green Rewards is an internal accolade which CapitaLand came up with to encourage and reward outstanding green practices amongst its employees. CMA decided to make a party of the event, a gesture that met with approval all around.

“It was very smart of the committee to select this very appropriate venue for CMA’s Green Party,” said Mr Simon Ho, Deputy CEO, CapitaMalls Asia Limited. “This year, the ones honoured in CMA come from a broader base. We have staff from not only Singapore, but also China and Malaysia as well as staff from different portfolios.”

Pure Chew and Joel Chua singing self-written songs that encourage going Green
Pure Chew and Joel Chua singing self-written songs that encourage going Green

Green Fanfare

Just as it was a stroke of genius to have a green party in the midst of Singapore’s newest green lung, the celebrations began with equally creative flair. Two Singapore Polytechnic graduates, Pure Chew and Joel Chua, presented self-composed songs that encourage conservation.

The Capitafrog got a makeover with a drink, a pizza and a shopping bag representing the shopping and dining experience that CapitMalls provide. Joining the mascot was (from left to right): Mr Chow Chee Khang, Head of Engineering Design & Technical Services & CMA Green Committee Chairman; Mr Simon Ho; Deputy CEO, CapitaMalls Asia Limited; Ms Joey Ng, CMA Green Committee Secretary; and Mr Simon Yong, Chief Development Officer, Project Design, Development & Management, CapitaMalls Asia.
The Capitafrog got a makeover with a drink, a pizza and a shopping bag representing the shopping and dining experience that CapitMalls provide. Joining the mascot was (from left to right): Mr Chow Chee Khang, Head of Engineering Design & Technical Services & CMA Green Committee Chairman; Mr Simon Ho; Deputy CEO, CapitaMalls Asia Limited; Ms Joey Ng, CMA Green Committee Secretary; and Mr Simon Yong, Chief Development Officer, Project Design, Development & Management, CapitaMalls Asia.

A new mascot was also unveiled at the event. The Capitafrog received new props – a drink, a pizza and a shopping bag – to symbolize that the retail sector is becoming increasingly green.

“As we are involved in the retail business, adorning the Capitafrog with food, drinks, and a shopping bag symbolises CapitaMalls’ and our retailers’ commitment to being green,” said Mr Simon Ho.

Green Malls

JCube won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award in 2011 for its many green initiatives to make the mall eco-friendly Right Caption: The Mines in Malaysia received the Green Reward for saving water and energy
JCube won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award in 2011 for its many green initiatives to make the mall eco-friendly Right Caption: The Mines in Malaysia received the Green Reward for saving water and energy

In Singapore, JCube got special mention for achieving the Green Mark Platinum award by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in 2011. Four other CapitaMalls received Green Rewards for their conservation efforts: The Atrium @ Orchard, IMM, Bugis Junction and Hougang Plaza, for their above-target energy and water savings.

Some of the interesting eco-features of the malls include automated blinds for all windows at The Atrium @ Orchard which let in more natural light to reduce the need for artificial lighting; a more efficient configured water-cooled chiller system taking into consideration of the operational needs in saving energy at IMM; and regulating the water and key air-conditioning temperature set points at Bugis Junction so that consumption of utilities is well within control.

CapitaMall Zhangzhou, CapitaMall Weifang, and CapitaMall Quanzhou in China and The Mines in Malaysia were commended for saving water and energy well beyond the Group’s targets.

Green Innovations

Three of the four CapitaLand Green Innovation Awards in 2011 went to CMA. The Bronze Award was given to the team behind the Enhanced Parking Guidance System. CMA was the first to implement the individual LED cum ultrasonic sensor parking guidance system above parking spaces in shopping malls to indicate whether the lot was available or not. A green light signals an unoccupied parking space while a red light indicated that it was occupied. To further save energy, the team decided to use only the green indicator to signal an empty space and dispense with the red light. The simple idea saved about 20,000 kwh of energy a year and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 11,190 kilogrammes.

The winning teams behind the Enhanced Parking Guidance System and eCampus receiving the CapitaLand Green Innovation Awards from Mr Simon Yong, Chief Development Officer, Project Design, Development & Management, CapitaMalls Asia
The winning teams behind the Enhanced Parking Guidance System and eCampus receiving the CapitaLand Green Innovation Awards from Mr Simon Yong, Chief Development Officer, Project Design, Development & Management, CapitaMalls Asia

The silver award went to Human Resource for its idea to turn training paper-less. The team created an online learning platform called eCampus which allowed CMA’s employees across the globe to gain access to web-based learning. eCampus has not only saved the team travelling time and cost, it made training more environmentally friendly as even the course certificates are issued in soft copies.

Since its launch in April 2011, 200 courses have been made available in Chinese, English and Japanese on subjects ranging from Finance, IT, Language to Leadership, Communication, Personal Development and Operations. Some 30 courses have also been developed internally by various functional experts.

“We were facing real constraints because we have staff spread across over 50 cities. In countries like China and India, it is very difficult to gather everyone to attend a course. That is why we decided to create this virtual platform to put our expertise online so that more people can learn at their own space, in their own time, not limited by time differences or geographical distance,” said Michelle Lee, Head of Human Resource, who was part of the team who worked on the project for six months.

The winning team behind the iClock concept receiving the CapitaLand Green Innovation Awards from Mr Simon Yong, Chief Development Officer, Project Design, Development & Management, CapitaMalls Asia
The winning team behind the iClock concept receiving the CapitaLand Green Innovation Awards from Mr Simon Yong, Chief Development Officer, Project Design, Development & Management, CapitaMalls Asia

The iClock application won the Gold award. The idea came from Engineering Design & Technical Services which adopted the iPhone application from the iTrack System, which also won the first and only CapitaLand Green Innovation Gold award in 2010. Until iClock came along, technicians clocking over-time had to fill several forms to claim reimbursement. This led to hours being wrongly recorded, double entries, auditing issues and late reimbursement to the staffs. The approval process was also cumbersome.

Then came the idea to create an iPhone application to replace the forms and processes. The application is fool-proof, providing fields for the technicians to click and, thereby, reducing errors. The claims request and approval can be activated and received immediately. In addition, total overtime hours can be recorded automatically into the final summary at the end of each month.

This initiative led by Chow Chee Khang, Head of Engineering Design & Technical Services and team, has resulted in three to four man days per mall per month saved. This also worked out to a saving of approximately 6.5 trees a year. It has been so successful that China and Malaysia may soon benefit from this innovation.

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