NUSAJAYA, Saturday, May 21st 2011: UEM Land Holdings Berhad, the master developer of Nusajaya, key driver of Iskandar Malaysia, in collaboration with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), a renowned research university in Malaysia successfully organised a green training workshop for teachers of its PINTAR schools at SK Taman Nusa Perintis 1, today.
The workshop, one of the programmes planned under the Green School Project, was aimed at educating, training and empowering teachers and UEM Land’s volunteers with the appropriate knowledge and skills on environment conservation. With the appropriate knowledge and skills, they will, in turn, train and educate their students and the surrounding community on the importance of protecting and conserving the environment as well as being an eco-friendly society.
Last year, the Green School Project introduced the Climate Change programme to three of UEM Land’s PINTAR schools as a pilot project. This programme is now brought to the other 10 UEM Land PINTAR schools. In addition, a new initiative called the Composting Programme was also introduced. The Composting Programme is aimed at educating the young school children on the importance of responsible solid waste disposal and the environmental advantages of composting. For this programme, five compost bins were initially placed at three selected UEM Land’ PINTAR Schools - SK Taman Nusa Perintis 1, SK Nusantara and SK Tiram Duku.
”Solid waste disposal is one of the major environmental problems in Malaysia. Currently, more than 23,000 tonnes of waste is produced each day in Malaysia and this figure is expected to rise to 30,000 tonnes by the year 2020. We believe that early education and awareness is imperative in changing public perceptions and modifying behaviour, and can result in more aceptance and support towards ”green” initiatives and practices.This, in turn, can help ensure that the long term objectives and global efforts in addressing environmental issues are achieved”, said UEM Land Holdings Berhad’s General Manager, Corporate Communication, Puan Karimah Tan Abdullah.
More than forty teachers and volunteers participated in this training. During the one-day training workshop, teachers and volunteers were coached and guided by UKM’s climate change team through several briefings and hands-on work activities such as Green ROSE (Reduce, Offset, Substitute and Enhance), Green Log Book, climate change video presentation as well as eco-craft and composting demonstration.
The Green School Project, developed based on the concept of ’smart and caring living’, one of the key tenets of the Nusajaya Green Plan, was launced by the Vice Chancellor of UKM, Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin in April 2010. The programme is also aligned with UEM Land’s Corporate Responsibility principles and strategic effort to ensure the sustainable development of Nusajaya through the right balance of economic, social and environment considerations.