THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPSJ) green efforts paid off when they gained international recognition by winning two international awards.
The awards are the Green Era Award presented by Otherways Management Association Club (OMAC) and Smart City Innovative Applications Award 2016.
MPSJ president Datuk Nor Hisham Dahlan said the council received The Green Era Award at the Green Economy Forum at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, Germany on April 4.
“While other recipients were representatives of countries who were chosen for their national policies, MPSJ was the only council to have received the award for achievement at local government level.
“We were surprised when we were notified that we had been selected to win the award as we did not submit any application. The selection must have been done discreetly.
“Among the criteria for winning the award are continuity of green projects, education, leadership and quality management.
“We believe it is because of our food waste project, biomass centre and other green projects,” he said.
Malaysia is one of the 132 members of OMAC.
The other award, presented by Duh Tyzz-Jiun @ Woody Duh, vice-premier of Executive Yuan, was accepted by an MPSJ officer at the Nangang Exhibition Hall at Taipei World Trade Centre on March 22.
MPSJ won the award along with City De Catalunya of Barcelona, Spain.
The council was chosen for its Biomass Integrated Centre and Edible Green Community projects.
“Previously, the award was only open to Taiwanese companies, but this is the first time they have made it an international event and accepted submissions from other countries,” Nor Hisham said.
He added that these awards would further spur the council’s determination to work towards its MPSJ Green City 2030 action plan, which is a combination of the MPSJ Local Plan 2020, MPSJ Strategic Plan 2013-2030, MPSJ Traffic and Transportation Study 2013 and Low Carbon Cities Framework.
MPSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department director Hamizun Mohamad Basar said among the council’s initiatives in line with the global green efforts were its community edible garden project, appointment of green ambassador, providing charging stations for electric vehicles at MPSJ buildings, and development of the Integrated Biomass Centre.
“We are now moving towards Low Carbon City Framework (LCCF) and will need the community and developers’ cooperation.
“We may not see the results now but I am sure that our green effort will pay off in the long term,” she said.