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LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Sowing the seeds of change for a sustainable green movement

SMU GROW is an exemplary winner who combined passion and mission to enhance experiential learning in sustainability to ensure that students are not only equipped with the right knowledge but also embrace a sustainable lifestyle,”

Mr Tai Lee Siang, Founder COLA and Chair, World Green Building Council 2016-18

As the saying goes, what you love you will sustain. “Cities of Love” Awards (COLA) is the brainchild of Tai Lee Siang and Valerie Ang who co-wrote the book “Cities of Love” in 2016. Tai and Ang a husband and wife team, aimed to show how city dwellers can play a part in contributing to the sustainability of cities worldwide.

Following the book’s publication, both authors felt that more could be done to acknowledge commendable sustainability efforts. Today, most government and business leaders being aware of the issues of climate change have embarked on pre-emptive and corrective measures. COLA launched in the following year, aimed to recognise the ground-up efforts amongst unsung heroes, enterprising individuals and corporates, in protecting and environment and to galvanise others to be part of the movement.

An Architect, Tai is committed to contribute on an international front. He was elected as a Board Director in 2013 and Chairman of World Green Building Council in June 2016. Tai continues to lead efforts on the building sector to combat global climate change. Through his work, he has realised the path to achieving long term sustainability is through organisation transformation.

Since 1990s, the couple traveled to 150 cities and witnessed rapid urbanisation and the impacts on cities in social, economic and environmental aspects. As part of their aspirations to be a catalyst for positive atmospheric change, they embark on a journey to promote “Cities of Love”. They believe in reaching out to citizens to first love their cities and then sustain them out of authentic and genuine response.

Award submissions were assessed by a jury panel comprising corporate leaders and advisors from the arenas of business and sustainability. Under the Social and Environmental categories, award winners were recognised at individual, corporate and group levels.

Altogether, six Distinguished Award and 18 Merit Awards were presented during its debut last year.

Submissions for this year closes on 31 December.

About “Cities of Love”

Earth’s environmental problems are far from being resolved. A large part of these are due to ever-growing cities. Despite more efforts are made to improve cities, it has been difficult to change them. One of the fundamental reasons is that people are not motivated to help change their cities. Apathy is now the number one obstacle to positive change. However, there is hope and Love is the antidote.

What you love, you will sustain. Cities of Love aims to urge, persuade and provoke fellow residents of our earth to collectively shape the cities we live in. To achieve this, her residents must again uncover the reasons to love and therefore sustain their cities. To this end, Cities of Love tries to identify the ingredients that could possibly be the reasons for such active love. When a city is filled by the people who love their cities, then we can have a greater chance of advancing towards a better tomorrow. Love is a mighty force to be reckoned with.

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Winning Projects

SOCIAL

Urban Greenery Workshops

The only recipient of individual/Social category Distinguished Award is Dr Tan Chun Liang. As a research fellow from NUS, trained in architecture, Dr Tan aspires to educate the younger generation in the design of urban greenery. Having found existing knowledge too technical for the younger minds, he devised learning tools such as scientific experiments and model making to enthuse the students to develop keen interest in green design. His determination propelled him to conduct workshops for some 10 schools and more than 200 students.

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Urban Greenery Workshops

Decoding & Preserving Singapore's Hawker Classic Dishes

Temasek Polytechnic, School of Applied Science submitted their ‘cookbook’ project in an effort to preserve some of best loved Singapore classic hawker dishes thus preserving our unique culinary legacy.

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Decoding & Preserving Singapore's Hawker Classic Dishes

ActiveSG - A National Movement for Living Better Through Sport

Sport Singapore’s submission highlighted the importance of sports as a vital means to sustaining a healthy lifestyle amongst residents of Singapore. The comprehensive vision and masterplan brings social sustainability to a great height unseen in any other societies.

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ActiveSG - A National Movement for Living Better Through Sport

ENVIRONMENTAL

Sungei Ulu Pandan Learning Trail

In the Environmental category, Mariam Mathew took on a strong interest to educate the public on Singapore’s active, beautiful and clean waterways. With inputs from PUB, she worked with her students to develop outreach materials and conduct education learning trips at Sungei Ulu Pandan site. Inspired by her initiatives, the students also took on roles as “Water Ambassadors” to share with other youths on the broader perspective of water issue.

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Sungei Ulu Pandan Learning Trail

Back to School Program

Submitted by five individuals (Siow Chin Yee, Ellie Yee, Bryan Lim, Koh Deng Yang, Toh Sing Ru), the “Back to School Programme”, is an initiative by BCA and MOE. The team of students from different institutes of higher learning took on the role of Green Mark Consultants to help schools with the green mark certification. To date, they have helped a total of 8 schools to attain Green Mark certification in less than five months.

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Back to School Program

Initiating Community Bonding and Sustainable Practices

SMU GROW, SMU’s sustainability movement under the Office of the President was delighted to celebrate its third anniversary with its win in the Corporate/Environmental Category. As a farming initiative located in the heart of the city, SMU GROW was born out of a desire to leave a lasting legacy – to learn, to give and to reconnect with nature.

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Initiating Community Bonding and Sustainable Practices

SOURCE

Cities of Love Awards, www.citiesoflove.org