Combatting Climate Change with Urban Planning & Green Design

On the morning of February 17, Ambassador Blake made his first visit to BSD City, a 6,000 hectare multi-purpose planned community southwest of Jakarta that incorporates green design, energy efficiency and sustainability concepts.  The largest project of property developer Sinarmas Land, it has five toll roads, a double track rail connection, an inner-loop hop-on/hop-off bus system, 65 educational establishments, three hospitals, markets, sports, entertainment, and commercial facilities, and is projected to have over a million residents upon build-out in 2020.  As part of his visit, the Ambassador toured the BSD Green Office Park to view international green building standard compliant features including energy efficient lighting, recycled water, and natural ventilation to reduces electrical costs.  The Ambassador then visited Sinarmas Eka Hospital in BSD City, which has a partnership with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic based in Rochester, Minnesota.