ENVIRONMENTAL non-profit organisation EcoKnights has launched its annual green awards, Anugerah Hijau (Green Awards), which is open to Malaysian youth and young professionals.
Now in its sixth year, Anugerah Hijau aims to raise the quality and standard of ideas with the introduction of new challenges and unique themes that have been set for each of the three categories.
The Green Space category, sponsored by property developer LBS Bina Group Berhad, calls for eco-friendly campus designs for an Academy of Sustainability while the Green Film category, sponsored by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), calls for environmental short films on energy.
The Green Fashion category, meanwhile, invites sustainable fashion design and construction using bamboo fibre material.
This year’s edition of the annual competition was launched by EcoKnights founder and president Yasmin Rasyid in White Box@Publika recently.
“We cannot wait to see what fresh ideas our Malaysian youth will present. The most rewarding part of Anugerah Hijau is to see the participants mature as their ideas transform into inspiring creations.
“We believe the awards provide the best avenue to nurture a deep appreciation towards Mother Nature and awareness on environmental issues.
“We thank our sponsors and partners for believing in the value of the awards,” she said.
Youths aged from 14 to 29 years old are encouraged to participate individually or in groups of three by submitting their respective proposals to the Anugerah Hijau home page at www.ecoknights.org.my.
“LBS is proud to sponsor the Green Space category for a second year. We are passionate about enriching communities by encouraging the expression of ideas for a more sustainable future.
“The theme for the Green Space category this year is relevant as a majority of participants are students in institutions of higher learning.
“We hope to see more bold, out-of-the-box ideas that could redefine the concept of learning spaces everywhere,” said LBS managing director Datuk Seri Lim Hock San.
This year’s submissions will be judged by Yasmin; Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC) founding member Thirukumaran Jallendran; Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn Bhd representative Serina Hijjas; Simplex Design Sdn Bhd founder Bon Eng; batik label Ruzz Gahara co-founder and creative director Hanifi Triff Thamid; Lara Ariffin from documentary maker Novista Sdn Bhd; Rack Focus Films representative Lydia Lubon; and Bamboo Malaysia Sdn Bhd representative Shazila Ghazi.
The launch was attended by sponsors and partners including LBS Bina Group Bhd, Novista Sdn Bhd, MGBC and Persatuan Akitek Malaysia (PAM).
The awards also have the support of the Education Ministry.
During the launch, guests were entertained by a special performance by The Venopian Solitude.