Carnival builds awareness of saving energy and the environment

Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan, the guest of honour, delivering his speech.
Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan, the guest of honour, delivering his speech.PHOTO: BCA
Mr Lee placing his pledge of sustainability on the Singapore map together with BCA chief executive John Keung (left) and Singapore Green Building Council president Chia Ngiang Hong.
Mr Lee placing his pledge of sustainability on the Singapore map together with BCA chief executive John Keung (left) and Singapore Green Building Council president Chia Ngiang Hong.PHOTO: BCA

SINGAPORE - The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) held a carnival on Saturday in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of environmentally friendly buildings and saving energy.

The inaugural Build it Green (BiG) Day Out at Dhoby Ghaut was attended by about 1,200 visitors. It featured 14 stalls where they could play games, take photographs and even get a temporary tattoo.

They could also exchange incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs for a free energy efficient LED one, with the former being sent for recycling.

Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry was guest of honour and commended seven organisations which pledged their support for the BCA Green Mark Portfolio Programme - a 2013 initiative encouraging building tenants to adopt energy efficient design, technology and environmental management systems.

These include fitting energy efficient lighting and installing motion sensors to reduce energy consumption.

DBS bank, for example, has encouraged customers to use online statements instead of paper ones.

DBS senior vice president of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration Erwin Chong said: "DBS has been greening its offices as we believe this helps foster collaboration and co-creation, in turn creating happy and healthy employees."

Other organisations include CapitaLand Commercial Management, City Developments Limited, Keppel Land International and NTUC Fairprice.

BCA chief executive John Keung said: "Through this carnival, which features educational green-themed games, we hope to engage and educate the public on sustainability in a fun and interactive manner."