In 2013, Singapore commemorates 50 years of greening Singapore. Singapore’s Garden City journey began in 1963, when then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew planted a Mempat tree (Cratoxylum formosum), signifying the start of the greening campaign. As Singapore continues to evolve into a City in a Garden, we have identified four key green tourist sites, in sync with our theme, from sustainability to profitability:
1) Marina Bay Sands
Did you know that Marina Bay Sands is Singapore’s top eco-friendly hotel?
Marina Bay Sands has adopted a strategy pursued by all hotels under the Sands umbrella. ECO360°, is a commendable global sustainability drive that covers four key priorities – Green Buildings, Environmentally Responsible Operations, Green Meetings- Sands ECO 360⁰ Meeting and Stakeholder Engagement.
As part of its environmentally responsible operations, Marina Bay Sands is continuing to make major achievements in water and energy conservation. In regards to conserving water, the hotel’s uniquely designed Art Science Museum is able to collect rainwater for use in the building’s toilets and for irrigation, while hi-tech fittings such as self-closing taps and constant flow regulators ensure minimal water wastage, reducing the consumption of water by around 350 million liters per year when compared with similar sized hotels that use conventional fittings.
2) Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a lively and vibrant garden that showcases the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry with spectacular vertical gardens. It is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.
Underlying the concept of Gardens by the Bay are the principles of environmental sustainability. Much effort was made to plan and design for sustainable cycles in energy and water throughout Bay South Garden.
3) The Southern Ridges
The Southern Ridges is a 10-kilometre stretch of green open spaces spanning the hills of some of Singapore’s most popular parks and gardens, connected by picturesque ridges and pathways. This 10-km stretch of connecting trails lets you walk among the trees to observe a wide variety of flora and fauna in their natural habitat. The Southern Ridges is made up of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve.
Bird-watching enthusiasts will be able to catch their favorite creatures in their natural habitat along these trails, while photographers will never run out of picture opportunities of the beautiful flora and fauna found here.
4) Marina Barrage
Built across the mouth of the 350-metre wide Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates the country’s 15th reservoir, supplying around 10 per cent of the nation’s water needs. This is a freshwater reservoir in the heart of the city. And it’s also a place for water sports enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite hobbies. It’s also a great picnic spot, especially the rooftop garden that’s also a big attraction for kite flyers. And, as with most green/water-based attractions in Singapore, it’s also a popular backdrop for wedding snaps.
But its purpose is not just to be a pretty sight — it’s also very environmentally friendly. Green technologies include a rainwater collection system and solar panels that generate almost half of its electricity needs. The Marina Barrage also plays an important part in helping to alleviate flooding in some of the lower lying areas of the island. During periods of heavy rain, a series of nine gates at the dam will be opened to release excess storm water into the sea when the tide is low. When it’s high tide, giant pumps that are capable of pumping an Olympic-sized swimming pool per minute whirr into action, draining water into the sea. The Marina Barrage is also a showcase for Singapore’s push to be a greener country. The facility is also a showcase for Singapore’s push to be a greener country. The Solar Park, for instance, features one of the largest collections of solar panels in Singapore, with over 400 panels providing electricity needed for lighting at the barrage during the day.
For a more detail guide to Singapore, please click here for a guide by YourSingapore.