From frontliners to eco warriors

A 0.5ha plot of land – the size of half a soccer field – at Padang Chempedak in Tasek Gelugor, Penang, will soon be transformed into an Edu-Green Centre for research and initiation of various greenery programmes.

The programmes will include activities like composting, community farming and upcycling towards reducing waste.

Through collaboration between Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) and Urbanest Sdn Bhd, the centre is currently training staff members from the council and will soon involve communities when ready.

MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said so far, 20 staff members from the council had completed training at the centre.

“The project started in January and we are training our frontline staff before they can impart the knowledge to the community.

“To complete the circular economy programme for Seberang Prai, which we will have policies to buy back from industries and economic sectors, we do not wish to see the majority of the communities left behind.

“Once ready, we will set up channels for them to register, ” he said after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UPSI and Urbanest at the council headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam recently.

Rozali added that the collaboration in the next three years would see UPSI as an institution providing education and research.

He said Urbanest would help create a sustainable city community through innovation and implementation of practical and effective methods.

“To increase awareness and knowledge on the various programmes, the organisations will collaborate to conduct courses, workshops, researches besides preparing training modules and obtaining funds and contributions.

“They will also collaborate and organise competitions, exchange of expertise and monitor the effectiveness of the programmes organised, ” he said.

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