Dr John Keung (CEO of the BCA Singapore, centre) received the WorldGBC Chairman’s Award from Mr Bruce Kerswill (Chairman of WorldGBC, right) and Ms Terri Wills (CEO of WorldGBC, left) at the WorldGBC Congress Gala Dinner 2015 held in Hong Kong on 29 October 2015.
“Cities as we know them today are already dramatically changing. Our living environments are reshaping the way we live. This new ‘urban age’ presents a unique opportunity for us to remake and reinvent our cities. How well we plan and design our living environments will matter.”
- Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore
What makes Singapore a green city?
Partnerships Private- Public Partnership with major developers
Green Partnership Initiative with Minister of Manpower, CEO of BCA and 6 developers- namely CapitaLand, City Developments, Keppel Land International, Mapletree Investments, Ascendas and Lend Lease.
Legislation for Environmental Sustainability for buildings
New buildings in Singapore and existing ones that undergo major retrofitting are required to meet a minimum environmental sustainability standard that is equivalent to the Green Mark Certified Level by government agency, Building and Construction Authority.
The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint
The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint (SSB) 2015 outlines a bold national vision that plans to create a more liveable and sustainable future for Singaporeans.
City in a Garden
The “Garden City” vision was first introduced by then Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew in 1967. This first stages of the vision was spearheaded by the Parks and Trees and Division to recreate tree-lined boulevards that Lee came across during his overseas trips. By the end of 1970, over 55,000 new trees has been planted.
By the mid 1970s, the development of parks became a central focus of the ‘garden city’ vision.