Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA)


Sustainability has always been deeply rooted in CDL’s heritage. Aside from embedding sustainability in our business, we also saw the opportunity to leverage our track record as a leading green builder to promote sustainability within the community. Tapping on our network of partners and expertise in green buildings, we designed and built the SSA, which opened on World Environment Day, 5 June 2017.

Building a sustainable future requires the collaboration of a larger ecosystem. Designed and built by CDL with industry partners in 2017, the Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA) is the first ground-up initiative and zero-energy facility in Singapore dedicated to capacity building and thought leadership for climate action. It involves an extensive partnership with six government agencies and 15 industry and NGO partners.

A hub for networking, the SSA provides a platform for industries, youths and the community to share knowledge and build partnerships for a more sustainable future. This includes supporting national environmental and climate plans, such as the Singapore Green Plan 2030, Singapore’s Long-Term Low-Emissions Development Strategy, as well as championing the global achievement of the SDGs.

Since its opening on 5 June 2017 to end-2020, the SSA has hosted more than 450 sustainability-related training programmes and advocacy events, involving over 18,300 attendees. Due to COVID-19, the SSA has gone virtual since April 2020 to continue promoting sustainable practices and lifestyle, reaching out through various workshops and forums open to Singapore and beyond. Last year, the Virtual SSA platform reached out to over 1,200 participants from over 25 countries, including Malaysia, Nigeria, Switzerland, Thailand, and USA.

Registration for Virtual SSA workshops is free. Follow CDL Sustainability on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube to get the latest news.

In addition to using sustainably sourced materials certified by Nature’s Barcode System, the SSA also features 3,200 square feet of solar PV panels on its roof, generating 60,000 kWh per year.

Testimonials
  • SSA is an excellent resource in the heart of Singapore with its mandate to offering a venue, that walks the sustainability talk [being powered by solar, using sustainably timbre in the structure], to not-for-profit sustainable events so that they can take place seamlessly. Accolades to CDL for investing in a facility like SSA that has a mandate to support such events. The CDL team we worked with was proactive, helpful and truly committed to the cause of sustainability

    Lara Rath
    Director and Co - founder, Secondsguru
  • The Built Environment Young Leaders Retreat 2018 held at the SSA would not have been a success without the generous support from CDL. We deeply appreciate the partnership and support for future initiatives. In line with SSA’s mission to promote a low carbon economy, resource efficiency and sustainable practices among the youths, we will continue with the strong partnership with CDL in engaging our youths for BuildSG initiatives.

    Ar. Tai Lee Siang
    Executive Director, BuildSG , Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
  • The venue encourages its users to think about resource use, low carbon solutions and circular economy while connecting people in a space with natural light and plenty of greenery

    Ria Coburn
    Associate Director, Global Initiatives
  • SSA is a great place for actors within the sustainable agenda to meet, mingle and share experiences across sectors and seniorities. The Danish Embassy has been extremely pleased to both host and join events at the venue.

    Magnus Mernild
    Head of Communications & Public Diplomacy, Royal Danish Embassy of Singapore
  • The SSA is a conveniently located eco training academy which has provided many groups a comfortable space to host our events. By providing such a physical infrastructure, it has allowed many groups to carry out our capacity building efforts to address climate change. Thank you SSA for the support!

    Nor Lastrina Hamid
    Co - Founder Singapore Youth for Climate Action
  • The space was perfect for this climate change related talk, and offered a cosy, conducive location for participants to discuss the subject as a collective group. It was a memorable night for all the right reasons! It was comfortable, and the temperature was just right.

    Olivia Choong
    President & Co - Founder, GreenDrinks (Singapore)
  • SSA is a beautifully designed space provided for groups and organisations working on causes in line with UN SDGs and Singapore’s national climate change efforts. It is an invaluable resource for us and we are very grateful for SSA’s support in such community efforts.

    Sue Ye
    Founder, Marine Stewards Singapore
  • The Embassy of Sweden applauds the SSA for its efforts to contribute to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future. Sweden is committed to Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and it is heartening to work with likeminded organisations like the SSA.

    Ms Helena Reitberger
    Counsellor and Deputy, Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden in Singapore
  • The SSA is a prime example of sustainability in practice, blending sound green building expertise and knowledge into a tangible symbol of environmental sustainability. More than just a building, the SSA is a hub from which sustainability knowledge flows, impacting organisations across the building and construction value chain and beyond.

    Er . Yvonne Soh
    Executive Director, Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC)
  • We are proud to be partnering CDL to host our delegates at the exemplary SSA. The SSA reflects our core efforts to support our members with effective social investments, and I look forward to collaborating further with the SSA to drive a movement toward greater awareness of the sustainability issues surrounding Singapore, Asia, and across the world.

    Ms Naina Subberwal Batra
    CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN
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