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Chiang Rai resort sets the bar for green standards

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort has become the first hotel in Thailand within the Starwood Group to fully replace all its lighting with energy efficient LEDs.

Stephen Morahan, general manager of the resort, said "this project is one of several initiatives that we have taken to reduce our environmental footprint and move towards having a sustainable and 'green' operation."

In addition to reducing energy consumption and costs, it will also serve as a demonstration project for delivering concrete and measureable reductions in greenhouse emissions. Through this LED lighting retrofit project alone, Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort is projected to reduce greenhouse emissions by approximately 350 tonnes per annum.

This project is part of an ongoing effort by the Starwoods' Thailand properties having already implemented numerous energy and water saving initiatives including the installation of high efficiency lighting however, Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort will be the first to go 100 per cent LED.

Bogor turning into concrete jungle

With only 7.7 per cent of its area dedicated to green open space, Bogor in the West Java province of Indonesia faces a bleak future should public space not be increased to at least to 30 per cent, as mandated by law.

Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) landscape architecture department head, Hadi Susilo Arifin, said last week that the administration had to fight for green public space to function as the city's lungs.

"In compliance with the 2007 Spatial Zoning Law, the municipal administration has to dedicate 30 per cent, or 3.500 hectares [ha], of the city's 11.850-ha territory to open green space," he said, adding that the ecological balance of the city was at stake. Hadi said that intensive conversion of green space into residential areas, the poor management of existing green open space and the lack of public awareness on public space conservation had exacerbated the situation. - Jakarta Post

China's business leaders show support for CSR

Corporate social responsibility in the future of China's evolving business environment was the topic for 80 executive members of the Suzhou Industrial Park's (SIP) Corporate Social Responsibility Alliance meeting at the International Business School Suzhou (IBSS ) last month.

Attendees included managers and industry representatives from China and worldwide, as well as Suzhou government officials and professors from XJTLU.

IBSS signed a memorandum of understanding with the SIP CSR Alliance highlighting IBSS's commitment to developing integrity in business - but also ensuring that the business school provided a meaningful contribution to society through its education, research and business engagement.

Yao, director of the SIP Publicity Spiritual Civilization Office, said "We have gained some experience, but as for the development in this area, this organisation needs more support from the academic department. IBSS is what we are looking for. Actually this is win-win cooperation."


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