By Jeremy Khalil on June 29, 2015
As part of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) agenda, 25 team members happily gave up their last Saturday, 26 June 2015, and headed for the beach, not to chill out and relax but to get their hands ‘dirty’ during Majlis Perbandaran Sepang’s (MPS or Sepang City Council) Coastal Clean-up programme organised in conjunction with the World Environment Day 2015 at Bagan Lalang beach.
Applauding the MPS’s Coastal Clean-up programme, Chen Soo Yong, the Centre’s Director of Facilities, said the venue was delighted for this opportunity to participate in a positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet.
Together with other volunteers, some 25 kg of trash was the reward for their hard day’s work which was “well worth giving up a Saturday for,” said Chen.
This year (2015), the venue is also involved in KLCC Property Holdings Berhad’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Campaign 2015 intended to increase public awareness of the safe disposal of HHW. HHW are household products that contain potentially hazardous ingredients that may be corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive and require special care when it comes to disposal such as used batteries, light bulbs and electronic/electrical devices. The Centre’s HHW collection point is located at the Concourse Level, Centre Core, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, until 31 December 2015.
Other on-going sustainability and conservation efforts practiced by the Centre include a 3R (reduce, re-use and recycle) campaign to encourage staff and visitors to reduce wastage, and re-use and recycle where possible; sponsorship of 290 trees to date under the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia’s (FRIM) Conservation Culture Programme with monies allocated for door and speaker gifts from her annual Association Seminar since 2010; use biodegradable cleaning products; minimal use of pesticides; sourcing of products from environmentally-conscious suppliers and locally-produced products for the culinary department; and fine-tuning systems like lighting control and on-demand escalators i.e. motionless unless being used by guests for energy savings and encouraging delegate participation in the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) ‘Let’s Meet & Green’ tree-planting programme.
Themed ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production’, World Environment Day 2015 was celebrated on 5 June to raise global awareness of positive environmental action to protect nature and planet Earth.