Forest City’s Journey of Sustainable Development
Forest City, located in Johor, Malaysia, has been recognized as one of the leading sustainable cities in the world. The 17th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2022) awarded Forest City the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards 2022 (SCAHSA) Global Modal of Green and Intelligent Construction. This accolade marks the seventh consecutive year that Forest City has received an SCAHSA award. This award highlights the excellence in sustainable development practices and innovations that Forest City has implemented over the years.
The Journey Towards Green and Intelligent Construction
Forest City has been on a sustainable development journey since its establishment. In 2016, it won the 2016 Global Human Settlements Award on Planning and Design, and in 2017, it won the 2017 Global Model of Green Building Industrial Park (IBS Park) Award. The following year, it won the 2018 Global Model of City-Industry Integration Award, and in 2019, it won the 2019 Global Green Smart City Award. Additionally, in 2020, it won the Global Model of Coastal Ecological Environment Protection Award, and in 2021, it won the Global Model of Low-Carbon City Planning and Design Award. These awards demonstrate Forest City’s commitment to sustainable development.
The Significance of the Award
The Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA) was launched in 2014 to recognize and promote best practices in sustainable development. The award recognizes cities and organizations that have implemented innovative strategies and technologies to promote sustainable development. It aims to inspire and influence more cities, companies, organizations, and individuals to follow suit, thereby scaling up sustainable development actions. The GFHS 2022 had 25 leading organizations as co-organizers and collaborators, including 10 major United Nations (UN) agencies, and other significant partners and contributing organizations. This recognition of Forest City’s Green and Intelligent Construction model by such a prestigious forum highlights its contribution to the sustainable development of cities worldwide.
The Future of Sustainable Cities
The future of cities needs to be nature-positive, as cities need nature to thrive. Integrating nature into cities and living in harmony with nature not only improves people’s health and well-being but also helps tackle biodiversity loss and build climate resilience. Forest City’s model of Green and Intelligent Construction serves as a blueprint for future sustainable development of cities worldwide. Forest City’s success demonstrates that it is possible to create sustainable cities that are not only environmentally friendly but also promote economic growth and social development.
Forest City’s achievement of the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards 2022 (SCAHSA) Global Modal of Green and Intelligent Construction marks another milestone in its journey towards sustainable development. Its seven consecutive awards demonstrate its commitment to sustainable development practices and innovations. Forest City’s Green and Intelligent Construction model is a blueprint for future sustainable development of cities worldwide. The future of cities needs to be nature-positive, and Forest City’s success highlights the importance of integrating nature into cities and living in harmony with nature to promote economic growth and social development.