Green vision for township

THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has set its sights on turning Subang Jaya into a “Green City” by 2030 and has embarked on the action plan that combines the MPSJ 2012-2030 strategic plan, the MPSJ Local Plan and the MPSJ traffic and transportation plan.

“The tagline ‘Support Green’ is in line with MPSJ’s aim of getting the community to support our efforts to develop a green city.

“We hope to be one of the top 30 councils in the world by 2030, in line with our 2012-2030 strategic plan,” MPSJ president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi said when launching the council’s inaugural Green Community Day.

The event, which was held from 7.30am to 5pm in One City, USJ 25, included activities such as a fun ride, green run, music competition using recycled items, and blood donation drive.

Also present during the launch were new Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali, deputy state secretary Datuk Roslan Sakiman, Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh and MPSJ councillors.

Events in conjunction with the Green Community Day ended yesterday with the closing of the Low Carbon City Framework seminars, which saw various experts sharing their knowledge on reducing carbon emissions and promoting environmental sustainability.

About 260 representatives from various agencies and stakeholders such as developers, town planning consultants, architects, engineers, government agencies and institutes of higher learning attended the seminars.

Asmawi (left) presenting a token of appreciation to Harjeet at the closing ceremony for the Low Carbon City Framework seminar.

During the closing ceremony, Asmawi said the two-day forum marked the beginning of formulating a strategy to achieve the goal of making Subang Jaya a green city by 2030.

“Though we have yet to create a framework for this low-carbon city initiative, the council has been taking steps in the right direction with a number of community projects,” he said.

He referred to initiatives such as the prohibition of using plastic bags on Saturdays and the creation of community gardens for apartment residents.

“We are also building a new bicycle track along Persiaran Tujuan and we hope this will encourage people to adopt pedal power to reduce the usage of motorised vehicles,” he said.

Other projects cited by Asmawi included recycling cooking oil to make biodiesel; a vermicomposting and biogas anaerobic digestion project in the Seri Serdang market; and promoting the use of biodegradeable plastics.

“However, it is also important that residents adopt the correct mindset.

Selangor MB Azmin Ali  and council president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi visiting  the booths at the Green City Community Day.
Azmin and Asnawu visiting the booths at the Green City Community Day.

“We all need to work together if we want to succeed in making Subang Jaya a green city by 2030,” he added.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (KeTTHA) deputy secretary-general Datuk Harjeet Singh lauded MPSJ for taking the initiative with the pioneer project and agreed that public awareness was crucial to its success.

“For now, the plan is to promote and advocate the council’s green initiatives through the mass media, and reach out to the people through the use of social media,” Harjeet said.

Malaysian Green Technology Corporation chief operating officer Ahmad Zairin Ismail said the corporation was conducting surveys and organising focus groups to gather public feedback on the low-carbon city initiative, and that the data would be important in the creation of the low-carbon city framework.

He said response had been good so far and more than 1,200 Subang Jaya residents had participated in the surveys, to date.

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