TrEES for conservation

Sunday September 2, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/9/2/education/11929940&sec=education

OVER 500 students from 42 secondary schools recently participated in an environment programme by Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES) in partnership with AFFINBANK.

The programme “Young Voices for Conservation”, is currently in its second year and is carried out as a competition whereby school participants will compete to be selected as one of 12 school teams to receive seed grants to implement their environmental ideas. They will also stand the chance to win prizes at the end of the programme in October.

TrEES director Leela Panikkar said that the programme was an outlet for the youth to express their energy and creativity.

To aid students in their project developments, a series of workshops was carried out over three months.

The top 12 schools were selected based not only on the proposed environmental projects, but also their financial planning for the projects.

Eco craft: Students having fun presenting their creations during the workshop.Eco craft: Students having fun presenting their creations during the workshop.

“Teaching these children how to come up with a budget plan and practice prudent spending are the vital fundamentals of basic financial management,” said AFFINBANK executive director of operations Shariffudin Mohamad.

The selected teams will implement their projects at their schools over a period of two months.

Projects include reducing waste in the school canteen, setting up rainwater harvesting systems and collecting used cooking oil.

The 12 selected schools are SMK Sri Istana and SMK La Salle in Klang; SMK Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam; SMK USJ 8, Subang Jaya; SMK Seksyen 3 Bandar Kinrara and SMK Batu 8 in Puchong; SMK Seri Serdang, Seri Kembangan; SMK Cheras Jaya, Balakong; SMKA Maahad Hamidiah, Kajang; SMK Wangsa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur; SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 3, and SMK (P) Sri Aman in Petaling Jaya.

WWF to help new teachers on environment

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry, along with the World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia), will set up committees and task forces in teacher training colleges nationwide to educate future teachers on the environment.

The ministry and WWF-Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to support the eco-institute programme in teacher training institutes.

Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Rosli Mohamed said the programme aimed to produce future teachers who were more focused on environmental issues.

“This agreement signifies the cooperation in the 27 teacher training colleges in the country.”

He hoped that both parties would work together to pool ideas and share their experiences in educating teachers who would, in turn, instil the same values in their students.

“It is part of the government’s initiative to transform the education system and expand environmental values with programmes such as the eco-insitute that will continue until 2014.”

The ministry also launched the eco-institute website which will be used to discuss and get feedback.

WWF-Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Dr Dionysius S.K. Sharma said the committees would ensure the smooth running of the programme.

“The committees will be tasked to organise programmes and activities on environmental issues.”

The eco-institute was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in April.

Read more: WWF to help new teachers on environment – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/wwf-to-help-new-teachers-on-environment-1.111835#ixzz21UjW8Ci8

Schools get recycling vending machines

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

By KUALA LUMPUR|streets@nstp.com.my 0 comments

GOING GREEN:Students get to earn points for every beverage carton recycled

schools(From left) Teo Heng Keat, Terrynz Tan, and Ong Kien Eik trying out the recycling vending machine.

1 / 2

NESTLE (Malaysia) Bhd and Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd have rolled out a first-of-its-kind recycling vending machine in 20 schools in the Klang Valley, as part of both companies’ efforts to inculcate the habit of recycling among schoolchildren.

This initiative will reach out to approximately 43,000 students.

These beverage carton recycling vending machines were  deployed to 14 Tesco outlets and five schools last year during  a two-month  recycling campaign which saw 324,000 used cartons being collected.

“We believe that education on environmental sustainability should start at a young age and what better way to nurture this awareness for the environment than in schools.

“As the world’s largest food manufacturer and leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, we want to play a big part in educating young Malaysians on the importance of preserving their environment.

“Through this sustainability programme, we believe that it will further increase environmental awareness among our younger generation,” said Nestle Liquid Drinks business manager Teo Heng Keat said.

As an additional incentive to boost the beverage carton recycling initiative, each student will be given a swipe card designed specifically for use with the recycling vending machine in their school.

Students will earn points for every used beverage carton that is recycled, and the points will be recorded when the swipe card is used at the vending machine.

The accumulated points will entitle students to redeem gifts which are jointly sponsored by both Tetra Pak and Nestle.

“The recycling vending machine is just one of many platforms that we utilise to reach out to consumers.

This initiative provides another opportunity for us to build awareness on the lifecycle of a beverage carton and reinforces our commitment on environmental sustainability,”  Tetra Pak communications and environment director Terrynz Tan said.

“For example, if each student in every participating school recycled one used beverage carton each school day for a whole year, we would be looking at a potential collection of  8,729,000 pieces of used beverage cartons from this initiative alone.”

SK Sri Kelana has been one of the most active schools in carrying out environmental sustainability programmes.

SK Sri Kelana teacher Ong Kien Eik  said efforts by companies such as Nestle and Tetra Pak to instil environmental awareness among the young should be lauded.

“We  have been actively engaging our students through various programmes including our Smart Rangers Club which empowers students to take ownership of environmental initiatives such as  water conservation and recycling,” said Ong

To support the deployment of these recycling vending machines, both Nestle and Tetra Pak will continuously engage all 20 participating schools in various activities to reinforce the recycling habit among  students and further encourage the collection of used beverage cartons.

Read more: Schools get recycling vending machines – Central – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/schools-get-recycling-vending-machines-1.88682#ixzz1wDf7H9eC

Penang school recycles leftover food into bio-fertiliser

Friday May 25, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/5/25/nation/11347618&sec=nation

By WINNIE YEOH
winnie@thestar.com.my

GEORGE TOWN: For the past two months, Brandon Wee Hong Jie has been dutifully collecting leftover food and waste from the eight stalls at the Heng Ee High School canteen.

The 16-year-old then carries the buckets of waste – including noodles, rice, fruit peels, vegetables and small pieces of bones – to a machine next to the canteen, adds bokashi fermentation microbes and bio-cleaners and starts grinding the mixture.

Brandon then transfers the ground output through a pipe to three large retention tanks where it is stored for 28 days for fermentation and turned into bio-fertiliser.

No, Brandon is not one of the stall helpers. The Form Four student is among a team of 11 who have made it their daily routine to recycle some 100kg of food waste daily.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of George Town, the RM18,800 Bio-Regen Instant Food Conversion Unit was installed at the school in Jalan Hamilton two months ago.

Brandon, who is the school’s Interact Club incoming president, said club members would take turns to handle waste management in what is believed to be the first such school project.

Each retention tank can store 1,000 litres of liquid waste.

To date, the school has produced six tanks of waste which were then collected by the machine manufacturer for further processing.

School senior administrative assistant Loh Soo Ping said the waste management method had helped tremendously in keeping the canteen environment cleaner.

“The drains are noticeably cleaner without food residue and there’s also no foul smell.

“Also, the duty gives students a better sense of responsibility as well as raises the 3,200 students’ awareness about protecting the environment,” she said.

Rotary Club of George Town past president Don Law said the school was chosen as its Interact Club and Environmental Club were very active.

“We hope to inculcate the awareness of recycling from an early age,” he said.

He added that the club was hoping to raise money to buy another four more units for other schools.

“We are having a food fair on Sunday at the Northam Beach Cafe and we are aiming to raise RM100,000 for our club’s Rotary Green Sustainability Fund,” he said.

For tickets, call Law at 012-4211 661.

Murid gembira timba pengalaman melalui program RAS

19 April 2012, Khamis

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2012&dt=0419&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Sabah_%26_Sarawak&pg=wb_02.htm

SANDAKAN 18 April – Rata-rata murid yang menyertai pelbagai aktiviti di bawah program Rakan Alam Sekitar (RAS) amat gembira dengan pengalaman dan ilmu pengetahuan yang diperoleh.

Bagi pelajar Sekolah Kebangsaan Karamunting, Nor Ziana Barn, 12, ia dapat mendidik dirinya dalam membentuk kebersihan diri seterusnya menerapkan ilmu yang diperoleh kepada adik-adiknya di rumah.

“Saya menyertai setiap program RAS bersama murid lain seperti membersihkan dan menanam pokok di kawasan sekolah,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini baru-baru ini.

Seorang lagi murid tahun enam sekolah itu, Deni Sekoi, 12, berkata, program itu membantunya mengetahui kepentingan alam sekitar dalam kehidupan seharian.

“Alam sekitar ada kaitan dengan kesihatan kita sebab alam sekitar yang bersih membantu kita hidup dengan sihat.

“Dengan program RAS ini, ia meningkatkan kesedaran saya tentang kebersihan alam sekitar terutama kebersihan diri, rumah dan sekolah,” katanya.

Bagi Ajmain Azman, 12, dia mengakui sebelum ini langsung tidak mengetahui apa-apa mengenai RAS, namun mula seronok selepas menyertainya.

“Kami seronok membersihkan kawasan sekolah. Pertama kali dipilih menjadi ahli program ini memang menyeronokkan kerana kami boleh belajar sambil mendidik masyarakat mengenai kepentingan alam sekitar.

“Kami bukan sahaja diajar oleh guru mengenai program tersebut tetapi turut sama terlibat dengan masyarakat membersihkan kawasan berhampiran sekolah,” katanya.

SK Dalam Ru anjur Program Kitar Semula

05 Mac 2012, Isnin

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2012&dt=0305&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Pendidikan&pg=pe_02.htm

WARGA guru melancarkan kempen kitar semula barangan terbuang untuk menjana pendapatan PIBG Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Dalam Ru di Pasir Puteh, semalam.

 

PASIR PUTEH 4 Mac – Guru dan murid-murid Sekolah Kebangsan Dalam Ru dekat sini hari ini melancarkan kempen ‘Program Kitar Semula dan Selamatkan Bumi Kita’ sebagai sebahagian usaha menanam sikap menghargai barangan terbuang dan tidak menganggapnya sebagai sampah-sarap yang tidak berharga.

Guru Besar sekolah itu, Wan Hamidah Wan Daud berkata, kempen itu akan memantapkan disiplin murid terhadap kebersihan alam sekitar dengan tidak membuang sampah di merata-rata tempat.

Beliau berkata, program itu diharapkan mencapai matlamat sekolah sifar sampah dengan amalan kitar semula dan tabiat ‘ringan tulang’ untuk mengumpul barangan terbuang di tempat yang dikhaskan.

“Fikir dulu sebelum membuangnya kerana semua objek lusuh masih bernilai untuk menjana pendapatan yang boleh disumbangkan kepada sekolah bagi menjayakan program kecemerlangan akademik.

“Secara tidak langsung murid akan sedar apabila ramai mengamalkan amalan kitar semula yang mampu mengatasi masalah pencemaran dengan lebih efektif termasuk memupuk sikap berjimat cermat menghargai barang yang masih boleh dijual,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Wan Hamidah berkata, sepanjang kempen berkenaan pertandingan mengumpul kertas terbuang dari buku-buku latihan yang lama, surat khabar, pembungkus dan botol plastik dijalankan mengikut tahap usia murid dengan menyediakan hadiah insentif kepada pengumpul terbanyak yang akan disampaikan pada hujung bulan ini.

“Kertas dan botol plastik yang dianggap sebagai sampah di rumah mereka boleh dibawa ke sekolah untuk dikumpulkan.

“Murid juga akan didedahkan dengan pendidikan alam sekitar termasuk usaha mengurangkan penebangan pokok bagi pembikinan kertas apabila wujud kesedaran semua pihak tidak membakar kertas-kertas lama,” katanya.

Tambahnya, sekolah tersebut juga akan menganjurkan larian amal Selamatkan Bumi Kita pada majlis penutup kempen tersebut 29 Mac ini di samping menyaksikan timbunan bahan terbuang yang akan dijual kepada syarikat kitar semula yang berdekatan.

More schools for solar projects

Sunday December 18, 2011

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/12/18/nation/10119714&sec=nation

He said the projects would be conducted by the Independent Power Producers Association under his ministry’s Electricity Supply Industries Trust Account, which would involve 30 schools.

“The project will be launched next year with the participation of schools in Sungai Besar to promote alternative energy to the students,” he said after launching the Green Community carnival here.

Chin added that the project would enable students to learn how solar energy was produced as well as educate them about the importance of conserving energy and protecting the environment.

He said the solar energy generated at the participating schools would be channelled to and purchased by Tenaga Nasional Bhd.

Currently, five schools are involved in the solar energy pilot project.

On the carnival, he said many incentives had been allocated to encourage private companies to practise green technology application in their products and services.

“The environmental-friendly green technology application is a smart initiative because apart from reducing the emission of dangerous materials, it also saves energy and conserves natural resources,” he said.