Singapore Environment CouncilCity Developments Limited

Case Study:

CBRE's Green Workplace Solution cuts energy and paper consumption in the office

CBRE's industry leadership carries with it an ethical responsibility to our clients, employees, shareholders, communities and society at large.

Its environmental policy commits CBRE to minimizing our environment impact and to assist our clients in doing the same at its properties.

At a teambuilding event in 2011, staff were asked to sort through waste along Changi Beach and place them in the suitable recycle bins close by

Four years ago, CBRE set up a Green Office Task Force to implement green office initiatives – recycling, energy saving, system of audits and incentives to get staff to go green, and turn off computers before they leave daily. All printers are set to default B&W printing, monthly reports are circulated to department heads to keep them informed of paper usage.

Green activities are weaved into teambuilding events. Staff are tasked to separate waste into various categories as part of their teambuilding activity. Asia-wide, staff participate in yearly activities such as Green Day during which staff have to spring clean and try to keep printing to a minimum. Recently in September 2012, more than 70 per cent of staff took part in an Eco Challenge at East Coast Park. Teams of staff competed to complete a series of challenges using bicycles, skates, roller blades. One of the challenges included researching on an exotic plant type and planting it in a plastic, recycleable water bottle. CBRE is a regular supporter of Earth Hour. This year, staff members put pen to paper, one concrete act to protect the environment. Those who pledged were given a half day off in exchange.

Staff were asked to research on a rare species of plant and skillfully place its sapling in a plastic recyclable bottle

Through a step-by-step approach involving education, awareness, activity days, CBRE Singapore attained its eco-office certification in 2010, the first real estate consultancy to do so in 2010. In fact, energy consumption of printers has been reduced by 66% and paper consumption by 35%, based on official vendor records.

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