Leaf a Legacy: EduCity Fruit Tree Planting Programme

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Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, President/CEO of IIB planting a fruit tree at Lake 2

An initiative to reduce carbon footprint and enhance EduCity’s ecosystem

Reducing carbon footprint and enhancing the overall ecosystem is a constant work-in-progress and an essential facet of EduCity. Its latest initiative, dubbed the Leaf a Legacy saw sixty fruit trees successfully planted at Lake 2.

The programme was officiated by Hj Kamarudzaman bin Abdul Mubin, Chief Assistant Director (Language), Academic Administration Sector, Johor Education Department, and witnessed by Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, President/CEO of IIB. The brief ceremony was also attended by Professor Wing Lam, Provost & CEO, University of Reading Malaysia and Professor Christopher Baldwin, Provosts & CEO, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, who each sponsored 5 fruit trees.

Senior management and students from the University of Southampton Malaysia, Management Development Institute of Singapore, Raffles University Iskandar, Netherland Maritime Institute of Malaysia, Multimedia University and student volunteers from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Medini also joined the event and planted Durian (Durio Zibethinus), Mangoes (Mangifera Indica), Rambutan (Nephelium Lappaceum), Pulasan (Nephelium Mutabile) and Papaya (Carica Papaya) trees.

“This programme is a catalyst for knowledge sharing and social integration as events and gatherings can be scheduled around the various fruit seasons. In time, local and international students on campus will enjoy the bountiful harvest from these trees and benefit from the fresh air, reduced noise, lush greenery, ever-changing landscape and increase in natural habitat sightings, as now birds and squirrels have a new ground to feed and breed,” said Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad.

“I congratulate IIB and EduCity for creating a sustainable and environmentally friendly education institution, and I hope this programme can be duplicated by others. With Leaf a Legacy, international students can now observe the growth of Malaysia’s most popular fruit trees. In an era of ‘experiential learning’, this ground provides a comprehensive, yet relaxed platform,” said Hj Kamarudzaman.