Everybody knows it, most (in Singapore) get a glimpse of it every other day. The iconic three pillars of the Marina Bay Sands hotel are visible from way beyond Singapore’s borders. Less known is the green face of this architectural landmark at the city’s edge and yet in the very middle of Singapore’s action.
Chances are, if you are visiting Singapore, Marina Bay Sands will be on your list of things to do. Particularly at night, the view of the Singapore> skyline from the waterfront is priceless, only topped by the Light and Water show, which you can watch for free every night at 8pm and 9.30pm. Wandering through the buildings that make up Marina Bay Sands (most of it underground, the three hotel towers are really just the tip of the iceberg) is like exploring an entirely new city.
Hardly any design and fashion brand not represented in the large and airy, 3-story shopping mall. A function center which can host a dozen weddings a day, in addition to exhibitions, conventions and meetings. The ArtScience museum. Restaurants. World’s largest casino. And, very convenient considering Singapore’s hot and humid weather, a metro station.
Sustainability at Marina Bay Sands
Most of us probably wouldn’t expect shopping malls, casinos, or hotels of the size and scale of Marina Bay Sands to care about sustainability, and even less expect them to be leaders in environmental best practice. And, unless you really searched for it, you’d hardly notice. Fact is, Marina Bay Sands – which belongs to the mighty Las Vegas Sands Corporation – has been very actively pushing the sustainability agenda, with some impressive results.
EarthCheck Silver Certification
In an EarthCheck first, the entire operations at Marina Bay Sands has been certified silver after passing stringent benchmarking of its sustainability practices. The iconic integrated resort in Singapore tracked and submitted the resource consumption, including water use and waste production, of its key facilities during the benchmarking process.
These facilities include a 2561-room hotel, 120,000 square metre convention centre, 74,000 square metres of retail space, a museum, two large theatres and over 60 restaurants and dining establishments.
Green Conference Facilities
Marina Bay Sands is the first MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) facility in South East Asia to obtain the ISO 20121 Sustainable Events Management System certification in February 2014. It is also the single largest building in Singapore to be conferred the Green Mark Gold Award by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in 2012.
- Green Meeting Concierge, a dedicated service personnel who will help clients craft sustainable meetings using the Sands ECO360 Meetings Planning Tool.
- Sands ECO360 Event Impact Statement provides a post-event sustainability report that captures an event’s sustainability highlights and provides a comprehensive summary of energy and water consumption at a glance.
- Green Harvest Menu offers sustainable food and beverage options for meeting organizers.
On top of that:
- Rainwater is collected on the roof of the ArtScience Museum in a rain harvesting system and cascades into a pool below. The water collected is recycled in the building’s flush water toilet systems.
- A drip irrigation system is also used to water plants and shrubs, thereby avoiding wasteful spraying or evaporation.
- In 2013 over 5000 Marina Bay Sands team members participated in sustainability engagement events.
All in all, quite an impressive achievement and one more reason to visit and stay at Marina Bay Sands.
Pictures by Timothy Hursley (provided by Hotel), own.
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