GREEN initiatives, by a few residents in Putrajaya, proved to be an enriching experience for some after winning cash in a video competition organised by Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) during the movement control order.
From May 5 to June 9,34 residents participated in a two-minute video competition titled “Green Initiative Award” (AIH Putrajaya 2020) to showcase creative ideas and initiatives to save resources in three categories — water, electricity and bulk waste.
Retiree Shuhairi Shuhaimi, 53, who loves gardening and carpentry, won in the bulk waste category by showcasing his use of discarded beds to build flower pot stands.
“I see many people throwing away furniture that can be upcycled with a little creativity. So, I decided to collect them and make flower stands for my garden.
“I heard about the competition and decided to try my luck.
“This is the first time I am making such a video documenting the work I do, ” he said after the prize-giving ceremony at PjC Complex in Precinct 3.
Winner of the electric category was teacher Nazrin Saleha Thajuddin, 40, who shared 10 tips on saving electricity bills.
“I did a compilation of the energy-saving practices in my home, such as closing all doors and windows when using the air-conditioner, investing in energy-saving appliances and using dryers only when necessary.
“When practised consistently, there will be a reduction in the electricity bill.
“The video-making skills which I learned for teaching during the MCO came in handy for this competition, ” she said.
Winner in the water category was assistant agricultural officer Muhammad Akmal Ahamad Pudzi, 35, who produced a video with his son on water-saving tips.
The father of two sons, aged 11 and five, said he regularly uploaded videos with his sons on social media.
“For this competition, I participated in the bulk waste and water category.
“For my winning video, my older son and I demonstrated how to save water in daily activities like not fully turning taps on, turning on the washing machine only when in full capacity and watering plants via a wicking system, ” he said.
All three winners went home with RM500 cash each. First runners-up, third place and consolation prize winners won RM400, RM300 and RM200, respectively.
There were also three special jury awards of RM350 cash each.
All winners also received certificates.
The panel of judges included officers of PjC, Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia, Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre and Alam Flora Sdn Bhd.
PjC president Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim said AIH Putrajaya 2020 was its new approach to get to know of green initiatives by the community.
“We hope the award encourages Putrajaya residents to practise a greener lifestyle, reduce their carbon footprint, and positively improve the natural environment, ” he said.