The program was attended by over 200 tenants, retailers and local government officials. It highlighted the current climate issues and solutions to cultivate sustainable methods and sound ecological strategies beneficial to commerce and trade.
Because the challenges of sustainable development concern all members in the society, speakers from local and private sectors shared information as well as their experiences on establishing environment-friendly programs. Among the issues tackled were sustainability development and action, climate change and water/ sewage treatment.
Chairman Shane Velasco, an environmental advocate and president of rainforestration projects in Bulacan, urged the public to be good stewards of the environment by reducing waste and engaging in social transformation - a revolutionary change in the way we approach the pressing issues of the environment. He stressed that a successful implementation of sustainable plan depends on the collaborative effort and action oriented attitude of each team player towards a commitment to live in a socially responsible manner.
The symposium also presented opportunities and various perspectives in ‘going green’ by discussing conservation of natural resources and recycling. Taking into account the social and environmental impact of sustainable living on climate change and reduction on carbon emission, Engr. Andrew Montalbo and DENR Forester Rene Aberin encouraged people to ‘think globally and act locally’. They also recognized SM’s initiatives in incorporating green operations through its mall’s program on solid waste management, energy and water conservation as well as in air quality.
The Green Retail Agenda is a program of SM Cares implemented by the environment committee of SM Supermalls. It aims to raise awareness in making green businesses possible through discussions on new trends, materials, policies, and energy efficient practices.
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