Most of us have good and grand intentions, but let’s admit it, few of us have the determination to realise them.
I watched the grand opening of Sheraton Macao in awe, fully aware that the spot we’re standing from was nothing but a murky piece of land just a few years ago. If no one saw the potential of that plot of land then, where would the now famous Cotai Strip be?
Going green is a practice that many of us want to pursue and commit ourselves to. Constant media coverage on environment protection through elimination, recycling and reusing of waste is enough to make us aware of the abuse that our world has gone through. We are steered into action. And yet, a good number of these good green intentions are gone by the first week; people simply give up too soon.
When frequent press releases on the green practices of Singapore’s popular MICE venues kept coming at my inbox, I found it hard to ignore that beyond the grand appearance of many meetings and events are some very thoughtful leaders who want to incorporate green practices in the way they do things.
Whether it’s lush green surroundings or support for the green meetings campaign, readers will discover the strong corporate responsibility behind many Singapore venues in our feature on Two Shades of Green (page 20).
In the long term, organisations that support the green meetings campaign are rewarded with better business opportunities from the global MICE industry and a positive image of being a contributor to a social legacy that’s hard to match.

Sandra Hernandez,