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Cities are the battlefields of climate change. Without education or dedication to change, mankind might find itself on the losing side, warns WGBC's Board of Directors chair Tai Lee Siang.

The Garden City. Singapore’s sustainability approach grew together with nation-building and encompasses influencing building industry and effecting lifestyle change among its citizens. Image: janebelindasmith, CC BY 2.0

Cities in Asia are undergoing a period of rapid growth as businesses and people flock to these economic centres throughout the region. One consequence of this is haphazard planning as nations seek to accommodate new inflows with new cities built from scratch. 

Read more: Leading the charge on the green battlefield

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New prototypes developed during Singapore’s first climate-focused hackathon, held recently at the JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, could help people to reduce their electricity use at work and at home.

The top-winning team explains how its power monitoring system allows users to track their energy usage using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. It hopes that personalised statistics about energy use will motivate users to adopt energy-saving habits in the office.

The top-winning team explains how its power monitoring system allows users to track their energy usage using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. It hopes that personalised statistics about energy use will motivate users to adopt energy-saving habits in the office.

Read more: Plugging in new ways to save power

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Photo by CDLThe city-state of Singapore is making a pioneering move towards meeting its climate mitigation goals. A joint effort by City Developments Limited (CDL) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), the Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA) is described as “the first major People, Public and Private (3P) ground-up initiative” to help the small country meet its goals laid out in the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint and the recently-released Climate Action Plan.

Expected to be completed in March 2017, the Academy’s goals is to promote a low-carbon economy, resource efficiency, and sustainable practices among businesses and the community, in particular, youths. One of the innovations of the initiative is that for the first time a local private property developer and a non-profit organisation have teamed up to create a major training and networking facility on sustainability.

Suitably, SSA will be located atop CDL’s City Square Mall, Singapore’s first eco-mall and will consolidate all of SEAS’ operations for Asia, besides serving as the platform for the organisation to implement its existing plans.

Singapore has sent out clear signals it is serious about climate change. Prior to the Paris Agreement, it had pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent compared to 2005 levels by 2030.

Read more: Singapore Launches Sustainability Academy to Achieve Climate Goals

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