This year, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Johor (JPNJ) and SWM Environment Sdn Bhd (SWM) continue to create awareness on Low Carbon Society as they co-organised the fifth Iskandar Malaysia Eco-Life Challenge (IMELC).
Launched by Datuk Haji Ayub Bin Rahmat, Chairman of Johor State Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee, the challenge involved the participation of 34,000 students from 346 primary schools within Iskandar Malaysia including 55 schools that are involved in the 21st Century Learning (PAK-21) in Johor.
The IMELC 2017 require students to complete a workbook in groups, carry out projects to reduce the use of water and electricity at schools, collect recyclable items and prepare project-based learning reports.
Datuk Ayub Rahmat in his speech at the event revealed that 83 schools in the state recorded a total reduction of 9,283.19kWh or RM4,641 in savings of their electricity bill, while 94 schools saved 3,170.72 cubic metres of water, with reductions worth RM10,463.
“Meanwhile, 77 schools have managed to generate an income of RM27,281 by collecting almost 100 kilogrammes of recyclable items,” he said.
Also present at the event were Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of IRDA, Prof Dr Ho Chin Siong, Director of UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre, Azman Bin Adnan, Deputy Director of JPNJ, and Melissa Ananthraj of SWM Environment Sdn Bhd.