Safeguarding the natural treasures of the eastern kingdom
Long gone were the days where townships take into account only the people and the structures within a specified area. As we move towards the future, there comes awareness towards the natural environment, and the efforts are taken to preserve it. This is not merely a statement for corporate social responsibility, but a visceral yearning for people to be integrated with nature. Master community developer Sunway Property has decided to champion this cause, an act visibly attested by the latest township of Sunway City Iskandar Puteri.
A green city
Sunway City Iskandar Puteri follows a simple but effective principle - where every one tree removed is replaced by one or two others. As much as 40% greenery or 720 acres of vegetation has been dedicated to the development. Thus, it is unsurprising that the development received the Green Building Index silver rating. To date, the Sunway Nursery alone is responsible for having 4,100 shrubs and trees being planted, a strong statement of Sunway’s commitment towards sustainable living.
These and many other features contribute to Sunway City Iskandar Puteri winning the StarProperty Awards 2021, The Earth Conscious Category. Additionally, the Sunway Big Box Retail Park features a total of 200,000 sq ft of solar panels, ensuring that the building mostly runs on clean and earth-friendly energy.
This is the first of its kind retail park in the country, featuring big warehouse concept stores in an open-air strip mall environment filled with natural lighting and ventilation, a design applied to the other Sunway integrated malls. With numerous retail, eateries, entertainment outlets and a hotel adjacent to the mall, Sunway Big Box Retail Park is set to become a key attraction in the southern region of Malaysia. The township itself resides nearby various upscale amenities, ranging from Legoland, Iskandar Malaysia Studio, Gleneagles Hospital and Educity. To promote connectivity, the Iskandar Puteri shuttle services provide buses from Larkin to Jurong East in Singapore.
Nature’s sanctuary along the Pendas
The 20-acre Sunway Emerald Lake has been equally crafted with sustainability in mind, having over 1,000 trees surrounding the area. Residents can picnic along the banks, reminisce at the water edge, or jog and cycle along the lanes. Then there is the 7km Pendas River, with a special buffer zone preserving 7.5mil sq ft of mangrove forest on both sides of the river. Within the development itself, various eco-friendly activities are also being promoted, such as weekly cycling with its community. Another fine example is the Switch Your Straw Campaign, bringing awareness to the harm that plastic brings to the ecosystem. These and many others are hosted in conjunction with World Environment Day. At Sunway City Iskandar Puteri, even the community is inculcated with the love for nature. And from that, a more civic minded generation will be inculcated, one that feels the urgency to protect the land.