Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Malaysia's Greenest Mall Educates Shoppers on Sustainability.

Selangor, March 21, 2013 
Setia City Mall, the first mall in Malaysia to be awarded both the Green Mark Gold Award by the Singapore’s Building Construction Authority (BCA) and the Malaysian Green Building Index’s (GBI) provisional silver certification, has launched the ‘Love Green, Begin’, campaign in support of Earth Hour. The initiative aims to educate shoppers on the importance of sustainability in a fun way and to provide a platform for the shoppers to understand how the sustainability features implemented in the mall has helped it reduce its carbon footprint.

The Setia City Mall’s ‘Love Green, Begin’ campaign comprises daily weekday sustainability tours for the public (15 – 25 March 2013). Shoppers can register for the tour at the exhibition booth, which showcases Setia City Mall’s environmental sustainability effort, at the mall’s Lower Ground Floor. During the tour, shoppers will learn how the mall’s green initiatives have helped it considerably reduce water consumption by 20% and energy usage. Some of these include efficient fixtures and fittings to ensure high energy and water efficiency; usage of low emissive glazing to reduce the heat into the mall, thus lessening the reliance on the air-conditioning; the implementation of an integrated building energy management system for a lower carbon footprint; the adoption of rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation; usage of its own recycling centre to recycle food waste; and the introduction of the Green Lease to engage the tenants to play their parts in minimizing the environmental impact (more details in Annex A).

Additionally, during the month of March, Setia City Mall has organised a number of activities to show the shoppers that they can have fun and be green at the same time. The mall is holding arts and crafts workshops where children (5 – 10 years) learn to create art using recycled materials. The mall will also be switching off their main lights for one hour during Earth Hour on 23 March, Saturday.
Setia City Mall, jointly owned by S P Setia and Lend Lease’s managed fund, ARIF, is an environmentally responsible place to shop in, since its opening in May 2012; the mall has established itself as a destination for shopping, leisure and entertainment in the burgeoning Setia Alam community.

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