Stage 3 - Project Implementation at Schools
13 Teams Implement Green Projects at Their Schools
13 teams have been shortlisted to implement their environment projects and run outreach campaigns at their respective schools. Throughout the months of July and August, the student teams worked hard and achieved impressive results to reduce their school’s ecological footprint. During their outreach campaigns, the teams had to spread awareness on their environment project as well as on the environment in general, to members of their school community. The 13 teams directly impacted nearly 50,000 people including the school community, family and friends. You can follow their activities on our Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/YV4C.TrEES
Here’s what they’ve been up to:
The team from SMK Seksyen 19 wanted to reduce of waste being thrown in the canteen. The team identified the use of Styrofoam containers as a large contributer to this waste. Working with the canteen operators, the team has replaced these disposable packaging with reuseable plates. The team also set up recycling bins to collect other waste such as cans and bottles, so that they can be recycled instead of just thrown away. Now the entire school community is embracing the spirit of recycling and waste reduction.
SMK Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh
Water has become a critical resource in Selangor, and the team at SMK Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh realized that the school uses a large amount of water. To help conserve this valuable resources, the team set up a rainwater harvesting system with assistance from a plumbing team to collect water that is now being used to water the gardens around the school compound. The team also worked to instill the need to conserve water amongst the entire school community and set up water saving devices in the bathrooms around the school.
SMK Dato’ Ahmad Razali
The team of SMK Dato’ Ahmad Razali just couldn’t stand to see all those organic food scraps in the canteen kitchen go to waste. The team established a system to collect the over 90% of the fruits and vegetable peels from the kitchen to create organic garbage enzyme. With the enzyme created, the team is also aiming to reduce the amount of detergents used to clean the school by 60%, replacing it with the natural enzyme made by the students instead.
SMK Tunku Ampuan Najihah
A river and a small stream run around part of the school compound of SMK Tunku Ampuan Najihah. As the school is close to the source of the river and stream, the student community felt it is their duty to help keep both these waterways as clean as possible. So the team under YV4C set up a used cooking oil collection system in the canteen, to prevent the used cooking oil from being thrown into the drains and polluting the river and stream. The team is now successfully collecting nearly all the used cooking oil from the school canteen.
SMK Seri Indah
The team from SMK Seri Indah has installed a rainwater collection system at the back of their school. The rainwater is now being used to water several gardens as well as for the fish pond. Not only is the school now helping to conserve water, the plants and fish are much happier with natural rainwater, as compared to the treated pipe water used previously!
SMK Sungai Pusu
The team at SMK Sungai Pusu saw canteen waste as an environmental problem at their school. The team decided to reduce the amount of food waste thrown away by 25% from 80kg to 60kg per week. The team is achieving this by establishing a composting bin in the school. The team set up a system in the canteen kitchen to collect fruit and vegetable waste. This organic waste will be used to create rich compost that will be used as fertiliser for the surrounding gardens in the school.
SMK Convent Bukit Nanas
The team is working to reduce overall energy consumption in the school by 10%. By involving the entire school community, the team has created a school a policy of no fan use during the first half hour of school. Air conditioner temperatures in the office and counseling room are required to be set at 24 degrees Celsius.
SMK Cheras Jaya
Going green starts with yourself, including what you eat. The team from SMK Cheras Jaya decided to create a kitchen garden growing organic vegetables for use by the school canteen. Organic vegetables being grown include sawi, ladies fingers, egg plant, chili, spinach, kankung and kailan among others. Through their 1 class – 1 garden campaign, the team is teaching their classmates how to grow healthy vegetables through organic methods.
Prior to the start of this project, the canteen of SMK Cyberjaya would throw the used cooking oil down the drain. Aside from polluting the water, the used oil would clog the drains and cause foul smells. Seeing this as a very serious problem, the team implemented a project to recycle used cooking oil in the school canteen. By training and working with the canteen staff, the team is reducing the amount of used cooking oil thrown in the drain by 95% every week, collecting 20kg out of the 21 kg of used cooking oil.
SMK Engku Husain
Organic waste in the canteen was a problem identified by the team from SMK Engku Husain. The team knew this waste could be made into something useful through the organic garbage enzyme, so they set up a system to collect the organic waste from the canteen, instead of throwing this valuable resource away. The team is also training the school community to be able to make the organic enzyme at their home as well.
SMK King George V
SMK King George V is a lucky school in that they have a swimming pool. However, it is an old swimming pool without an in-built filtration system. To keep the pool clean, the school must drain off several hundred liters of water once a week. The team saw this as a waste of one of our most precious resources, and decided to capture this water in a large water tank. The water is now being used to water plants and for cleaning purposes around the school.
SMK Wangsa Melawati
Creating green spaces is very important to the team at SMK Wangsa Melawati. Seeing the fish pond and surrounding garden in a state of disrepair, the team has worked to revitalize the pond and garden, using native species as much as possible. The pond and garden area has now become a green oasis for students, as they learn more about native plant species while they relax in the garden.
SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah
After doing research around the school, the team of SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah found the amount of rubbish being thrown from the school canteen to be a very pressing problem. The team is working with their classmates to successfully implement a recycling programme in the canteen, to collect the used bottles and cans from the students, teachers and canteen operators. The team is also working with the canteen operator to replace the Styrofoam bowls with reusable plastic bowls.