The Singapore Botanic Garden has introduced a new aromatic experience with the planting of the new "Fragrant Garden". Located at the Central Core of the Gardens, The 1 hectare Fragrant Garden is planted with over 30 species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants with either fragrant leaves, flowers, fruits or rhizomes. Some of the fragrant blooms attract butterflies and you will be able to spot the colourful winged insects fluttering amongst the plants in the day.
Many of the plants give off their scents in the evenings and a new boardwalk was developed and beautifully lit at night to enhance your experience at Fragrant Garden. The boardwalk overlooks a collection of trees in the valley, including two charming old Baobab trees and a variety of pines, casuarinas and fruit trees.
More than 100 fragrant plant species will be added to the collection to enhance your enjoyment of the Garden. The Magnolia x alba, commonly known as the Chempaka Putih or White Champak is one example. The flowers produce a sweet strong fragrance, similar to that of Juicyfruit gum. Released in the early hours of the day, it lasts all day long. Various uses for it's scent can be found in the perfume industry and cosmetics. The White Champak is also the city flower of Shanghai, China.
Oasia Downtown, designed by WOHA, sets out to create an alternative imagery for commercial high-rise developments. It combines innovative ways to intensify land use with a tropical approach that showcases a perforated, permeable, furry, verdant tower of green in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.
In programmatic response to the client’s brief of having distinct Soho, Hotel & Club rooms, WOHA adopted a club sandwich approach by creating a series of different strata, each with its own sky garden. Introducing layers of elevated ground levels allow the precious but limited ground floor space to be multiplied, creating generous public areas for recreation and social interaction throughout the high-rise.
Sited within a densely built up area, the tower carves out its own internal spaces and dynamic views instead of relying on external vistas for visual interest. Each sky garden is treated as an urban scale verandah, sheltered at high level by the preceding sky garden and open sided for formal and visual transparency. The openness also allows wind to pass through the building for good cross-ventilation. Large scale High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans are incorporated as kinetic sculptures that complement the sky garden design and ensure thermal comfort. In this way the public areas become functional, comfortable tropical spaces with greenery, natural light and fresh air instead of enclosed, internalized air conditioned spaces.
Landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment and forms a major part of the development’s material palette both internally and externally, achieving an overall Green Plot Ratio of 750%. The building form is softened by a living green façade of creepers and flowering plants, creating an alternative image distinct from the surrounding glassy towers of the CBD, one that is tropical, urbanistically sensitive and humanistic.
Community in Action for Kheam Hock is a long-term, community-led initiative to improve the living environment by growing bird and butterfly-attracting plants. Covering an area of approximately 100ha, Kheam Hock lies between two biodiversity-rich areas: the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Hence, NParks has earmarked Kheam Hock as a Nature Way, a route planted with specific trees and shrubs to facilitate the movement of animals between two green spaces. Three other Nature Ways have been identified, at Admiralty, Tampines and Yishun. NParks is currently collaborating with NSS and schools along the Nature Ways to grow more plants and carry out biodiversity surveys. It is estimated that more than 60km of the Nature Ways will be planted up by 2015.
Some 20 households in the area have also agreed to grow plants within their premises or on allocated plots as part of NParks' Community in Bloom programme.
In line with evolving global attitudes for an environmentally responsible lifestyle, Greenviron provides eco products and services which are compatible, sustainable and affordable to you, commercial markets and government bodies. Its mission is far-reaching and may touch many aspects of your lives, from what you eat, wear, play, learn, save and so on. The company provides and promote: cost and energy efficient home and office solutions ranging from LED spotlights to fluorescent tube converters.
They encourage and promote green eco lifestyle with a wide range of green products. Clothing’s, stationeries, energy monitoring devices, water conservation devices, composters, educational kits, eco-friendly home products, solar water panels and even heaters are available.
They also source and facilitate green corporate gifts by introducing their Green products to corporate that believes the importance of “going green” as part of their corporate social responsibility.The green eco corporate gifts are recycled paper stationeries, recycled glass table and kitchen ware, recycled plastic bottles, t-shirt and bags, recycled metal water bottle, organic cotton bag and t-shirt, sustainable bamboo towels and t-shirts.
Pulau Semakau is located to the south of the Singapore. The Semakau Landfill is located on the eastern side of the island, and was created by the amalgamation of Pulau Sakeng (also known as Pulau Seking), and anchored to Pulau Semakau. The Semakau Landfill is Singapore's first offshore landfill and now the only remaining landfill. It was also the first to combine a landfill with a biodiversity conservation zone.
The landfill covers a total area of 3.5 square kilometres and has a capacity of 63 million m³. To create the required landfill space, a 7 km perimeter rock bund was built to enclose a part of the sea between Pulau Semakau and Pulau Sakeng. It is currently estimated that the landfill, which began operations on 1 Apr 1999, will last till 2045. The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, along with the National Environment Agency manage the landfill. Up to date it has accumulated 2,330 tones of waste and is expected to be full in about three years.
It's expansion has been undertaken and is expected to end in 2015, adding 160 ha to the existing surface.
Semakau Landfill is filled mainly with ash produced by Singapore's four incineration plants, which incinerate the country's waste, shipped there in a covered barge (to prevent the ash from getting blown into the air) every night. The care put into the design and operational work at the landfill ensures that the site is clean, free of smell and scenic. During construction.The landfill is lined with an impermeable membrane, and clay and any leachate produced is processed at a leachate treatment plant. Regular water testing is carried out to ensure the integrity of the impermeable liners.
For the first time you get to go behind-the-scenes and get a first hand glimpse into the growth process of these birds. The moment eggs arrive at the BRC, up to the time chicks hatch and are weaned, they are hand-raised by the Centre's officers.
The BRC was incepted in 1988 but this is the first time in 24 years that it is open for walk-in public viewing. By showcasing what goes on behind-the-scenes at the BRC, they hope to inculcate a deeper appreciation of avian wildlife amongst visitors, and for them to have a better understanding of their conservation efforts.
Two incubation rooms, two nursery rooms, three weaning rooms and a kitchen are the eight areas through which you can take a peek at the eggs and chicks as they mature through life’s stages, before they are returned to their respective exhibits to join the rest of the bird park family.
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Some changes are to be made at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.â€¨â€¨ It will be developed into Chestnut Nature Park, aiming to make nature more accessible.
The new park will be very convenient for nature walks, hiking and mountain biking. It hosts a rich biodiversity of wildlife, including the mouse deer, pangolin, monitor lizard and birds.
There will be panoramic views of the nature reserve to be enjoyed at a new seven-storey tower which will also facilitate research on animals that live among the tree canopies. A 30-kilometre cycling loop allowing residents to cycle from the heartlands to the nature reserves by 2018. Native plants and trees will be planted in early 2015.
Nature reserves will become more accessible. The intention is to bring nature closer to people and people closer to nature. It will give you the opportunity to experience nature at your homes. â€¨These developments, are part of Singapore's transformation into a City in a Garden, aiming at enriching biodiversity.
For those who rather appreciate nature from the comforts of their own home, there's good news.â€¨â€¨ NParks plans to install four cameras around the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve from mid-September.â€¨ You will be able can catch live footage of otters frolicking in a pond via their computers or mobile phones.
Toshiba has provided customers with supervisory control systems, electrical and instrumentation equipment and maintenance services in more than 700 water purification, sewage treatment and desalination plants over some 40years.
A Memorandum of Understanding on collaboration was signed, to develop and test the application of an adsorbent that removes toxic elements from used water. The adsorbent, named Functional Powder, can extract valuable elements such as rare metals for recycling, and is more cost-efficient as it can be reused.
Toshiba is looking forward to the opportunity to work with PUB and the many water experts and professionals in Singapore. The firm should be able to make important contributions to the treatment of water uses in industrial processes.
PUB's Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) puts a lot of effort to grow the water industry in Singapore.They invested $470 million into the "National Research Foundation in water" (rita.nrf.gov.sg), as well as the test-bedding of more than 30 water projects at PUB's facilities.