Increased Community Interest and Participation in Low Carbon Society

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The Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) 2017 had attracted participation from 346 schools involving a record of 34,000 students around the region in its bid to educate and encourage the students and their families towards a low carbon lifestyle by saving water and electricity as well as managing waste wisely.

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Group photo of the winners of IMELC 2017 with YBhg Dato’ Dr Mohammad Ezanni bin Mat Salleh, Director of Johor State Environment Department; Prof. Dr. Mohd Hamdan bin Hj Ahmad, Dean, Faculty of Build Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM); Haji Shaharudin Bin Sharif, Director of Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Johor (JPNJ); Dr Uzir Abdul Malik, Executive Director SWM Environment Sdn Bhd and Suhaily Abdul Hamid, Head of Social Development IRDA

“The number of participating schools in this year’s edition of IMELC had increased by fifteen- fold compared to its first edition in 2013. We believe that this initiative will continue to support the region in achieving its reduction in low carbon target by 2025, “said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).

The challenge ended with the top 15 schools with the highest savings in electricity and water usage and collection of recyclable waste, pitched their environment-saving ideas and competed to be crowned the champion for IMELC 2017.

Overall winners for IMELC 2017 plus winners from the water and electricity savings category and the recycling category shared cash prize of RM30,000 for school development activities and also received a total of 19 set of recycling bins worth more than RM50,000 sponsored by SWM Environment Sdn Bhd.

This year’s edition of the challenge is a collaboration between IRDA, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor State Education Department and also SWM Environment Sdn Bhd.

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