Fun Green Race Engages Tenants

Inaugural CCT Eco Race 2012 saw tenants and CapitaCommercial Trust staff coming together to bond and learn about being environmentally-friendly

Issue: Nov 2012

46 teams from CapitaCommercial Trust’s properties vied for top spots in the inaugural CCT Eco Race 2012
46 teams from CapitaCommercial Trust’s properties vied for top spots in the inaugural CCT Eco Race 2012

The day before the inaugural “CCT Eco Race 2012” last month, JP Morgan analyst Shaun Tham and his colleagues Anthony Koo, Jade Hian Koh and Jim Fan took time after work to do some research. “We mapped out all the CapitaLand properties within the Central Business District (CBD) area so that we roughly know where they are,” revealed Tham.

The winning team from JP Morgan is one of three teams from the company
The winning team from JP Morgan is one of three teams from the company

Their efforts paid off. The team came in first, clocking in at 56 minutes and 40 seconds to win the first mass tenant engagement initiative by CapitaCommercial Trust (CCT). Besides being prepared for the possible pit stops, the team also had a winning strategy: “Our strategy was we saved time by breaking the codes and planning our routes while we ran. As we have mapped out all the CapitaLand buildings in the area, we roughly knew where they were. One person read out the code and then we all tried to solve the puzzle on the move,” Jade Hian Koh led on.

A Race that Engaged All

The winning team from JP Morgan was one of 46 four-participant teams from CCT’s properties that signed up for this race which aimed at educating and promoting awareness on environmental sustainability among its tenants. It also gave CCT’s marketing and leasing team as well as the property management team a chance to interact with the tenants.

“We are heartened by the strong participation from our tenants as seen from the close to fifty teams, adding up to almost two hundred people, participating in our first Eco Race. This is an initiative to engage our tenants in a healthy activity and promote “green” awareness,” said Ms Lynette Leong, Chief Executive Officer of CapitaCommercial Trust Management Limited.

“It was a fun thing to do on a Saturday morning. Also, we do not usually come into the CBD but we had good bonding session and who knows we may make new friends, after all we are all tenants of CCT,” Alfred Koh, Field Supervisor, Consumer Choices at GfK Asia Pte Ltd, commented on why he and his colleagues decided to take part. GfK Asia is a tenant at One George Street.

Teams gamely worked hard at completing the different tasks that put their green knowledge to the test
Teams gamely worked hard at completing the different tasks that put their green knowledge to the test

Some tenants were so enthusiastic about this initiative that they sent multiple teams. Stone Forest from Wilkie Edge sent three teams while The Northern Trust Company at One George Street sent a total of five teams.

"Northern Trust is proud to be supporting CapitaCommercial Trust's first ever Eco Race initiative. CapitaLand has indeed come up with a very innovative way of engaging its tenants and at the same time highlighting the importance of a clean and green earth," said Mr William Mak, Country Manager Singapore Branch and Head South East Asia, Northern Trust.

A Race that Challenged Green Knowledge

Similar in concept to the popular TV reality show, The Amazing Race, CCT’s Eco Race brought the teams to eight different stations within Singapore’s Central Business District. Four of these were CCT properties: Capital Tower, One George Street, Six Battery Road and Twenty Anson and four landmarks: Ann Siang Hill Connector, Hong Lim Park, Raffles Place MRT and Red Dot Building.

At these stations, participants had to perform activities such as highlighting the good environmentally-friendly practices in office environment and naming the green features of CCT properties. The winning team was the one that completed all tasks assigned in the shortest time over three hours.

While JP Morgan Chase & Co took the first place, CSC Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd who clocked one hour two minutes and The Northern Trust Company who clocked one hour three minutes took the second and third place respectively.

CSC Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd (left) and The Northern Trust Company (right) took the second and third places respectively
CSC Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd (left) and The Northern Trust Company (right) took the second and third places respectively

The first three winning teams received S$2,000, $1,600 and $1,200 worth of shopping vouchers. An additional 18 prizes and goodie bag items were sponsored by CCT, StorHub as well as CCT tenants, Blue Magnolia, Da Paolo, Eskimo and Fitness First.

While most of the participants found the activities rather easy to complete, some were stumped by green facts they thought they knew.

“I think one of the most challenging part of the race for us is the one where we had to put the recyclable materials into the relevant recycling bins. Some of the items we thought could be recycle can’t be recycled,” recalled Christopherson Ting, Systems and Network Administrator, GfK Asia Pte Ptd.

“We thought the plastic cup was recyclable but we were surprised to find out it was not,” Tham of JP Morgan commented on the same activity at Hong Lim Park.

“One thing I didn’t know was that LED lights were environmentally friendly,” confessed Ivari Kull, Valuations Associate at Stone Forest after he and his team had to find a list of three eco-related features in the lobby of Six Battery Road.

A Race for a Good Cause

Besides raising awareness about the environment, the Eco Race also helped to raise money for the less fortunate in the community. In total, S$2,022 was raised from the S$10 registration fee paid by each participant. This amount was channeled to the philanthropy arm of CapitaLand - CapitaLand Hope Foundation, in support of TOUCH Community Services, a non-profit charitable organisation.

Tired but enthusiastic participants waiting to receive their prizes at the end of the race at the final check point – Capital Tower
Tired but enthusiastic participants waiting to receive their prizes at the end of the race at the final check point – Capital Tower

Indeed the CCT Eco Race 2012 was a race for a good cause on every front: green awareness was heightened and bonds were strengthened. Many of the participants said that they are looking forward to a bigger and more challenging race next year.

The winning teams of the first-ever CCT Eco Race 2012 - (From Left to Right) Third team: The Northern Trust Company, (in yellow) Ms Cindy Tan, Manager, CCTML; Ms Lynette Leong, CEO, CCTML and Champion: JP Morgan; Second team (Centre squatting): CSC Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd
The winning teams of the first-ever CCT Eco Race 2012 - (From Left to Right) Third team: The Northern Trust Company, (in yellow) Ms Cindy Tan, Manager, CCTML; Ms Lynette Leong, CEO, CCTML and Champion: JP Morgan; Second team (Centre squatting): CSC Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd

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