SUBANG JAYA Municipal Council’s (MPSJ) Program Generasi Bestari (Smart Gen) MPSJ has introduced two new elements to its “Love the River” and “Green Corner of Recycled Goods” programmes.
MPSJ president Noraini Roslan said the programme was now in its fourth year and as it progressed, new activities were introduced each year so schools in the municipality could participate in sustainable initiatives and be recognised for their practices.
Schools participating in the Smartgen programme were rewarded for their participation in 2019 at Smart Gen 2020 at the Jeffrey Cheah Hall in Sunway College.
Sixty-one out of 79 schools which took part in the municipality last year were recognised for their diligent efforts.
Schools are scored on each activity, and participating schools with the highest score would rank high above others.
About 15 schools attended the event and were rewarded with cash of between RM800 and RM2,000.
A total of RM22,800 along with certificates and trophy were also presented to participants.
The programme’s objectives include trying to reduce Aedes mosquito breeding spots, improving bathroom sanitation, adopting a conducive learning environment and developing best management practices for recycling and reusing.
“We aim to create a generation of people who are sensitive to environmental cleanliness, environmental sustainability and sustainable development, ” said Noraini, adding that the students who were involved could be agents of change to a greener society.
Sunway Education Group chief executive officer Dr Elizabeth Lee said in today’s age of technology, information played a role in educating the young about various issues in society, the country and those affecting the world.
“MPSJ hopes this programme will further encourage more schools to join and be agents of change towards building a healthy and sustainable society.
“The council hopes to collaborate with more sponsors so that more incentives can be given as this programme impacts the community in a positive manner, ” said Noraini.
The MPSJ programme is a social effort with the Selangor Education Department and Petaling Perdana Education Office.
It has been effective in reducing the municipality’s 207,770 residents’ carbon footprint to 37,793 metrics tonnes a year which is a reduction of 15.05%.
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