to protect the planet
It has been a good year on the eco-front for Samsung C&T Construction Group’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office (APRO). Having been awarded Eco-Office Elite status by the Singapore Environment Council in June, APRO recently organized a youth initiative aimed at protecting the environment for future generations.
APRO staff and local children gathered at a nearby recycling center for a guided tour and activities geared towards minimizing waste through five Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle.
‘Young Arrows’ to the rescue
APRO staff and kids from charity TOUCH Young Arrows (TYA) set out for Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre on Saturday morning, November 23. The Eco-Awareness Centre is Singapore’s only recycling facility that operates six days a week, while TYA runs programs on Saturdays with the goal of nurturing and sharpening young people like arrows to make a positive impact on society.
Having gathered at the Eco-Awareness Centre, the group took a tour to learn about the impact everyday food, fashion, and housing choices make on looming environmental challenges – and to drive home the message, they also participated in some interactive activities. For instance, they fished for trash while considering the harmful effects of plastic pollution on marine life. Speaking of wildlife, they even fed a model cow to see how methane emissions from livestock farming can add up.
The children each had passports with questions to answer at five different stations before receiving stamps to complete their tasks. At the end of all the activities, they were each rewarded with a hearty meal, as well as a school bag and lunchbox for the upcoming academic year.
APRO’s ongoing eco-efforts
The day’s closing speech was offered by APRO’s Green Champion and Executive Vice President John Chang, serving as a reminder that the office has a leadership structure to ensure the fostering of environmentally friendly habits. Consistently reducing workplace waste was a big part of APRO’s Eco-Office Elite award last summer – it is one of only four offices in Singapore to have been recognized with that status.