[INSIGHTS] D: Dirty business and eco-friendliness

The green and the blue at Resorts World Sentosa
We heard looking at greenery and clear blue skies is therapeutic

Imagine the day when lush greenery and clear blue skies no longer exist. Our planet is increasingly stressed; a part of the cause is undeniably attributed to the amount of food waste we produce every year. The more we waste, the more we are contributing to the production of methane, the culprit for the ever-increasing temperature trap on our warming planet.

The surprising thing is, food waste CAN be recycled – and no, we’re not talking about making birthday cards with leftover cooked macaroni and using soggy spinach as embellishments. We’re talking about converting food waste into non-potable water.

RWS is in the process of bringing in a food decomposer, called the ecoDigester which uses microbes to naturally decompose organic waste. Leftover food from restaurants and our Back-Of-House staff cafeterias will be pumped into the decomposer and the resultant water will be used for cleaning and other non-food related use.

Here’s how it works:

The ecoDigester for RWS

This is just one of the green initiatives that RWS has adopted; the resort was built from the ground up with environmental sustainability in mind. Here are some other initiatives that RWS has carried out.

1. Heat shield

Canopy system
Biggest umbrella EVER.

These double-layered ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) canopy systems provide some of the best shaded areas in the resort. And beyond shading, it lowers temperatures too, by blocking off the sun’s harsh rays. Power that would otherwise be used to cool the area is conserved instead.

2. Green power

Green Roof at RWS
Mr Landscaper standing in his proud greenery.

Our dedicated ‘farmers’ from the Environmental Services Management team toil to ensure healthy growth of green roofs such as this one at Hard Rock Hotel. These green roofs help combat island heat and minimise heat gain in the buildings, reducing air-conditioning electricity usage by 20%.

3. Cool blow

Eco-coolers
Alternative cool.

Using water, the Eco-cooler system uses only 20 percent of energy reqiured by conventional air-conditioning to cool semi-enclosed spaces by 2 to 6 degrees.

4. Catching water

Eco-Lagoon at USS
Not just a theme park landmark!

The size of 12 Olympic-sized pools (that’s about 30,000 cubic metres), the Eco-lagoon in Universal Studios Singapore® is also a rainwater storage facility. It forms part of RWS’ integrated water management system, which harvests rainwater from catchments and condensate from air-conditioning systems for use throughout the Resort.

In the mood for green? Stay green at Equarius Hotel, the Beach Villas, or plunge into the forest with the Tree Top Lofts. Do your part for the environment by consuming only what you need to ensure a comfy stay 🙂

 

For more fun stuff about Resorts World Sentosa, check out ABCs of RWS. Catch the letter E next.

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