We know green cities are the future.

In the 21st century, the world’s urban centers are now aiming to cut 80 percent of CO2 emissions. There are some major projects, which will cost billions of dollars. Actually there is already an exact statistic about the expenses of creating green cities. According to the official statistics, 350 trillion will be spent on creating green urban infrastructure. This amazing figure is growing, simply because the global population continues to grow. It isn’t easy to build an entirely new infrastructure and some of the projects will surely be closed.

Some people aren’t so optimists about it, but the truth is – despite the green cities are a hyper expensive goal, they are going to save the environment and the nature, because in the same time the world population grows, the pollution grows too. The main goal of the environmentalists is to cut down the fossil-fuel use, to use only sustainable materials for building and to expand the so called “green space”, in order to clean the air quality. Energy efficiency is also an issue, so far a disturbing issue, especially for the biggest urban centers on the planet.

For instance, the project of San Francisco’s Treasure Island, California is praised as the greenest project of the future, but its building and realization will take lots of time and money. Yet, this project will include anything one can need for an entirely green urban existing. Just imagine: there will be built a 20-acre city operated organic farm, which will supply all the residents with organic food. The solar and the wind- farms will power the city as it is expected by 2020 the solar panels to cover 70 percents of the town – this mean that annually they will be able to generate 30 million kilowatt / hour of electricity.

The project will replace the old electricity system and this will cut down the pollution with 80 percents by 2020. The bad news is that its releasing isn’t going to be easy. In a time of recession, launching projects like this are more than expensive. So is the latest project of Victoria, British Columbia. The town can praise with Dockside Green project, an ambitious project that will turn the town into a carbon-neutral one by 2012. The project is so far under analysis, but it isn’t very sure that it will ever become a reality, simply because it will take billions of dollars to fund a project like this. The dream of the environmentalists is useful and surely will save the planet, but the process to its completion remains too long and sometimes, too harsh.

The Green Buildings – What Are They All About?
Posted on Dec 13, 2010 | Comments 0
Generally, constructing a green building is seen as a very expensive adventure. According to a recent study from World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the costs for a green building will rise to 300% over the cost of a standard one in spite of the fact that so far the cost increase was estimated only at 17 %.

All over the world, the architects and engineers endeavor in such daring project with the purpose of making the public more receptive to the alternative options for building a house. The results of their work are futuristic works of art whose purpose is to make the best of living comfortably and protecting the environment. A green building is a building that uses resources efficiently whether those resources are energy, water or building materials. It improves human health by improving the air. Under the circumstances that show the standard buildings as being some of the major pollutants in the world, the green building can be more that just an attempt to make a better world. More and more daring projects are considered by the large building companies because, in spite of the higher price, the market encourages the immobile trend to follow a “greener” approach towards building investments. New Green Tower from Miami looks like a giant piece of Swiss cheese because of the uniform holes in the shell that covers the building. The shell is actually an exoskeleton and consists of a structure that isolates the building sustaining the turbines that offer shade and a natural ventilation. The sky–scraper is 116 meter tall. It is the daring result of a creative cooperation from Chad Oppenheim (architecture and design), Buro Happold and Ysreal Seinuk from energy consultancy. The building that cost 40 million dollars incorporates residential space as well as commercial space. The price of the residential space is rising from 400000 dollars per apartment to 1 million dollars/commercial space. The green technologies are the wind turbines, photovoltaic panels and solar water heating. As a plus the floors are made of recycled glass and bamboo. The designers hoped that this amazing architectural piece would attract tenants with a taste for green lifestyle and they were not wrong because nowadays more and more corporate enterprises choose to conduct their businesses in eco friendly buildings.

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Best described as a loose association of cities focused on sustainability, the emerging "green cities movement" encompasses thousands of urban areas around the world all striving to lessen their environmental impacts by reducing waste, expanding recycling, lowering emissions, increasing housing density while expanding open space, and encouraging the development of sustainable local businesses. Perhaps the archetypal green city is Curitiba, Brazil. When architect and urban planner Jamie Lerner became mayor in 1972, he quickly closed six blocks of the city's central business district to cars, delighting residents and business owners alike. Today the pedestrian-free zone is three times larger and serves as the heart of the bustling metropolis. Lerner also put in place a high-tech bus system, greatly reducing traffic, energy usage and pollution; the move also encouraged density around transit hubs and thus preserved open space in other areas that would have likely turned into suburbia. Today the bus system still goes strong, and three-quarters of the city's 2.2 million residents rely on it every day. Another green cities leader is Rekyjavik, Iceland, where hydrogen-powered buses ply the streets and renewable energy sources - geothermal and hydropower - provide the city's heat and electricity. London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Barcelona, Bogota and Bangkok, not to mention Sweden's Malmo, Ecuador's Bahia de Caraquez and Uganda's Kampala, also score high for their green attributes and attitudes. Green cities abound in North America, too. In 2005, Portland, Oregon became the first U.S. city to meet carbon dioxide reduction goals set forth in the landmark (if ill-fated) Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement forged to mitigate the threat of global warming. Seattle, Washington also committed to meeting Kyoto's goals and has persuaded 590 other U.S. cities to do the same under the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. And Vancouver, British Columbia draws 90 percent of its power from renewable sources while its metro area boasts some 200 parks and more than 18 miles of accessible waterfront. San Francisco is a leader in green building, energy efficiency and alternative energy, and has been on the forefront of the battle to reduce plastic usage. Austin, Texas is fast becoming a world leader in solar equipment production and has made great strides in preserving open space. Chicago has invested hundreds of millions of dollars revitalizing its parks and neighborhoods, and has built some of America's most eco-friendly downtown buildings. It is also

with its densely packed housing. at which local experts. The study also found that Kuala Lumpur was well below average in the water category. many would argue that New York City . . with water leakages running at an estimated 37 per cent. Read more: Malaysia ranks 'average' in Green City survey http://www. Beijing. air quality and environmental governance. And International Sustainable Solutions takes urban planners. energy and CO2 are among the biggest challenges facing Kuala Lumpur's environmental condition. the city centre's waste generation is 816 kg per capita per year. Of course. E/The Environmental Magazine Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.may be the greenest of all. Singapore stands out in particular for its ambitious environmental targets and efficient approach towards achieving them. sanitation. “The Government realises that countries adopting sustainable energy and green technology will be winners in the 21st century as it will be the core of economies. SINGAPORE is Asia's greenest city. Average daily sulphur dioxide emissions are particularly low here at 6 micrograms per cubic metre. Shanghai and Delhi. reliance on mass transit and walking. "Ranking average overall is a great start for Kuala Lumpur and this index is a stepping stone for us to move forward to improve our city's livability factor. Kuala Lumpur also ranks average in terms of environmental governance. due to a combination of relatively high water consumption and one of the highest leakage rates in index. "Automobiles have driven annual CO2 emissions per capita past the index average of 4. water. the index is a good reflection of where Kuala Lumpur stands in terms of its sustainability. waste. This is not an option but a reality that all nations must face. developers and elected officials on tours so they can check out some of the world's greenest cities to glean first-hand what works and what can be applied back home. hosts conferences around the U. land use and buildings. Rapid population growth and relatively poor waste collection and disposal played a major factor in determining the scores for the city in this category.com.” he said at the launching of the RM1. per se. GreenCities Events.2 tonnes. transport. Kuala Lumpur scores well for better-than-average levels of sulphur dioxide. In announcing this. "Overall.5bil Green Technology Financing scheme. land use and buildings. together with the likes of Bangkok. “It is our committment to bequeath our future generation with an environment which is pristine and healthy. and recent green policy moves by Mayor Bloomberg . The EIU examines the environmental performance of 22 major Asian cities in eight categories . for one. According to the study. policymakers and business leaders share ideas for greening their region. While there is no formal green cities organization. Sanitation is also another issue where only an estimated 70 per cent of the city's population has access to sanitation.btimes. many groups have sprung up to help urban areas achieve their sustainability goals. 2010 MYT 8:42:00 PM Updated: Tuesday January 26.6 tonnes to an estimated 7. the city is above the index average of 39 sq m. nitrogen dioxide and suspended particulate matter. Meanwhile. With 44 sq m of green space per person. more than double the index average of 375 kg. Green Technology and Water Ministry to further promote and propogate its use. while a significant number of households are still served by primary sewage treatment plants.S. adding that this was among efforts undertaken by the Government to ensure the use of renewable energy and green technology was actively pursued." according to the statement. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak the decision was made during the inaugural Green Technology Council meeting which he chaired Tuesday. Cyberjaya to go green ASAP! By MAZWIN NIK ANIS mazwin@thestar. such as septic tanks. compared with the index average of 22 per cent.working to provide affordable clean power to low-income families." Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd president and chief executive officer Prakash Chandran said in a statement. while Kuala Lumpur ranks average in a green city survey. Jakarta.energy and CO2 (carbon dioxide).com. 2010 MYT 8:44:07 PM Putrajaya. This was the finding of the Asian Green City Index survey carried out by the independent Economist Intelligence Unit. “The use of renewable energy and green technology will be an important part of the Government’s agenda and it will go beyond the responsibility of the Energy.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/simmy/Article/#ixzz1EUk7zkog Published: Tuesday January 26. ___ (c) 2009.my PUTRAJAYA: Putrajaya and Cyberjaya will be developed as pioneer townships in green technology in the “shortest time possible” to reflect the Government’s commitment towards environmentally sound and sustainable practices.

The first Islamic fund of its kind in Asia. and the Green Technology Action Plan. The officials will be in Kuala Lumpur from May 10 for discussions with Bank Negara and the Ministry of Energy. we will be able to spur the economy by encouraging entrepreneurs to construct green buildings. green construction and innovation. tourism and financial services. Najib said Malaysia was committed to playing its role in addressing climate change issues. adding that the investments would allow the Government to build a progressive and low carbon economy. He said that since the scheme was launched on Jan 1. 2010 Islamic fund for green technology sector World Bank and IFC officials to discuss its set-up in KL next month WASHINGTON: Officials from the World Bank and the International Finance Corp (IFC) will be in Malaysia next month to discuss the establishment of an Islamic financing facility for the green technology sector. Green Technology and Water to develop a suitable model in the creation of a syariah-compliant US$200mil fund. Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said his ministry was also working on several plans and roadmaps such as the Energy Efficiency Master Plan. hydro and solar.” he said.” he said. “This is the role of the financing scheme -. “I am confident in the long-term strengths and benefits of this scheme for companies that invest in green technology as well as financial institutions that see it as a smart and strategic investment. Wednesday April 28. hydro power plants. The minister wrapped up his working visit to Washington DC on Monday after leading the Malaysian delegation to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Spring Meetings from April 23.government and private sector alike. among others. will support business growth. Energy. the Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan. “We hope that with the creation of these plans. He said these initiatives. He said the Government has placed an emphasis on high-potential sectors of growth which include green technology. senior US officials and his counterparts from Iran and Egypt. were aimed at reducing dependency on fossil fuels and increasing generating capacity from renewable sources such as biomass.” he said. adding the scheme would also encourage much-needed foreign direct-investment and would support technology transfer and capacity building for local companies. We need to train the next generation of entrepreneurs and scientists to invest in new businesses of the future and to chart a path for green technology and infrastructure that drives our nation forward. manufacture solar panels. Husni told Bernama following a series of meetings with World Bank and IFC officials. 186 companies have responded to the initial soft loan offer. in turn. The IMF projected Malaysia’s GDP growth at 5. Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said on Monday. That. electrical and electronics.The Prime Minister said the fund was aimed at encouraging investment in green technology. job creation and prosperity. .7% in 2010 with growth in the new key targeted areas that include oil and gas. and it believed that “green jobs” and “green innovation” would be part of a dynamic and fast-growing economic landscape. including setting a carbon reduction goal of 40% by 2020 while investing in green technology. the Government would play its role by covering 2% of the loan’s interest rate and providing guarantee of 60% on the financing while the remaining 40% would be covered by banks. He said as an added incentive. wind turbines and industrial and building energy efficient equipments. the financing facility would focus on the environmentally-friendly sector.to stimulate investment and the development of Malaysia’s green technology marketplace. We must all play our roles -. agriculture. “These are ambitious plans for an ambitious nations.

green city By MICHAEL CHEANG star2green@thestar. . Unfortunately.»There is strong interest on the part of the US to develop closer relations with Asean in terms of trade and investment« DATUK SERI AHMAD HUSNI HANADZLAH Husni said. which means energy wastage. in the office. He had meetings with Deputy US Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis. cities can light up with minimal energy.my With the right kind of lighting system. In this context. — Bernama Right lights. BIG cities need bright lights. and the research and knowledge-based industries. Meanwhile. in the shopping mall or even out on the street. that there was strong interest to establish closer US-Malaysia economic relations following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s working visit to the US recently. Husni said Iran wanted Malaysia to increase its investment in that country. among others. in his meetings with top US officials and the American private sector. Unfortunately. Seyed Shamsuddin. Husni said. “There is strong interest on the part of the US to develop closer relations with Asean in terms of trade and investment. whether at home. including services. bright lights consume a lot of electricity – 19% of the world’s electricity is used to light up our lives. especially in Islamic banking and finance. In his bilateral talks with his counterpart from Iran.com. American companies seemed to be excited by Malaysia’s New Economic Model and viewed it as an impetus for new opportunities in various sectors. Malaysia is viewed as a strategic partner of the US. and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell. most of the installed technology today is not energy-efficient.” he said. Egyptian Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohiedin was interested in a stronger Malaysia-Egypt collaboration in Islamic financing. they discussed ways to enhance trade and investment between Malaysia and Iran. Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Lael Brainard.

the crime rate decreased by 25%. is by replacing old incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient solutions. where almost 75% of the lighting installed is not energy-efficient. but also provided comfortable lighting in parking lots. the latter is a little trickier because of the need to strike a balance between being energy sustainable while at the same time enhancing the lives of the city’s denizens by giving them nicer. senior vice president and chief commercial officer of Philips Lighting Asia Pacific. . safer and more vibrant places to live in. senior vice president and chief commercial officer of Philips Lighting Asia Pacific. from a lighting point of view. you can improve the light and save energy at the same time. With the current technology in energy efficient lighting systems. According to Olivier Piccolin. “It’s not that one has to choose between having energy efficiency or nice lights. Two elements need to be addressed when planning a city’s lighting systems – energy efficiency and life enhancement.” ” The simplest and most obvious step to conserving energy. because a lot of the road lights are obsolete in terms of light technology. says governments can promote energy-efficient lighting by offering tax breaks and incentives. “In Malaysia. this translates to an annual saving of RM166bil in energy costs – or 245 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. While the former is obvious enough.” says Piccolin. who was in Kuala Lumpur recently to speak on the impact of lighting on urban development at the Environmental Asia Conference. “For example. In the Asia Pacific region. says Kuala Lumpur is very much in line with other global cities. and by making energy efficiency compulsory. so that people feel safer.Olivier Piccolin.” he points out. the Philippines had a big problem with safety in parking lots. which saved 50% of energy and subsequently. there are especially big opportunities in street and road lighting. We installed a solution that not only saved 50% of the energy consumed. about 40% of the total energy used for lighting can be saved with the right lighting solutions. we replaced street lighting in cities with whiter and better lights. Piccolin. Using energy-efficient lighting is one of the most efficient ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions and new innovative lighting solutions could save up to 40% of the energy used for lighting. “In Europe.

Kuala Lumpur has yet to install energy-efficient lighting. So it is very important to first understand what the decision-makers. you don’t need full light in a warehouse all the time. Philips has helped cities around the world form long-term visions on proper lighting. or making energy-efficiency compulsory. which inevitably tends to run quite high. by helping to bring in banks for financing solutions. though – the initial investment. the return on investment is generally between two and four years. . Ads by Google YOKOGAWA Sustainability . or coming up with solutions that make it easier for stakeholders to invest in the renovation.” There is one stumbling block to wholesale renovations of lighting systems. up to 80% of that energy can be saved.Yokogawa contributes to customers' sustainable future . For individual homes. You can save energy by having a simple control system that dims the light when no one is in that area. Philips has gone beyond providing lighting solutions alone. Philips has that system in our office in Singapore. it can be as short as three to six months whereas for more complex systems like road lighting. adding that the Malaysian Government had taken a big step in the right direction with the recent plan to ban incandescent light bulbs in 2014. we save 25% of our energy. only when you are picking up goods. where you have some natural light coming in. “It is also important that they do not try to cut corners or go for cheaper short-term solutions.com Dear EarthTalk: What is the "green cities" movement? .yokogawa.” What are 'green cities'? March 23. whether its by giving tax breaks and incentives. The initial financial investment (of renovation) might be an issue to stakeholders.John Moulton. “To capture the savings. mayor or council want for the city. the emerging "green cities movement" encompasses thousands of urban areas around the world all striving to lessen their environmental impacts by reducing waste. in the office. “Every city is a different end user. the return of investment tends to take a relatively short period of time.” he said. Some 80% of lighting in buildings today consists of old technology and only about 1% of all buildings use technology such as presence detection or daylight controls. Certain cities want to be international metropolises which are iconic and attractive to foreign investors. The good news is that after the systems are in place. Conn.City lights: Like many world metropolises. you can have a control system that balances the light and dims the light when you are close to the window.com/sustainability Best described as a loose association of cities focused on sustainability. lowering emissions. Emagazine.” says Piccolin. depending on the cost of energy and how energy-efficient the new technology is. If we replace it with cheaper and more energy-efficient bulbs. “The payback in energy-efficient lighting investments is relatively short. “Similarly. Other cities want to be green and minimise their carbon footprints. and just by using that. “That is a very good step to accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient technology in Malaysia. and encouraging the development of sustainable local businesses.” A proper system to control the lights is also important.” Piccolin stresses that governments play a big part in accelerating the renovation of existing lighting systems. – Art Chen/The Star “Incandescent bulbs produce 95% heat and 5% light. To help with this. Then we can start proposing solutions. you need enough investment. Greenwich.” says Piccolin. increasing housing density while expanding open space. and the long-term benefits far outstrip the initial cost. because they might actually end up paying more in the long run for the energy usage. 2009 By E/The Environmental Magazine. For example. expanding recycling. “Very few buildings use lighting control systems. They need to stay in control of what they want for the city.

many would argue that New York City . and recent green policy moves by Mayor Bloomberg . not to mention Sweden's Malmo. When architect and urban planner Jamie Lerner became mayor in 1972.geothermal and hydropower . Green cities abound in North America. Washington also committed to meeting Kyoto's goals and has persuaded 590 other U. comprising more than 650 acres in Ampang. per se. In 2005.S.S. Today the bus system still goes strong. developers and elected officials on tours so they can check out some of the world's greenest cities to glean first-hand what works and what can be applied back home. Today the pedestrian-free zone is three times larger and serves as the heart of the bustling metropolis. with a gross development value (GDV) of RM170 million. The township. Lerner also put in place a high-tech bus system.S. and three-quarters of the city's 2. energy usage and pollution. is among the newer developments in this part of Ampang and was Perfect Eagle’s first project back in 2003. energy efficiency and alternative energy. and has built some of America's most eco-friendly downtown buildings.may be the greenest of all. Chicago has invested hundreds of millions of dollars revitalizing its parks and neighborhoods. Puchong and Melaka. Regular users of the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) in Kuala Lumpur would pass the Tesco hypermarket near the highway on the Kuala Lumpur side of Ampang. city to meet carbon dioxide reduction goals set forth in the landmark (if ill-fated) Kyoto Protocol. E/The Environmental Magazine Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. The eight-year-old property developer is unlocking the value of its landbank. Oregon became the first U. GreenCities Events. London. The land it occupies is part of a 58-acre tract that was once a squatter settlement but is now a township known as Dataran Pandan Prima Ampang. delighting residents and business owners alike. Austin. greatly reducing traffic. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. he quickly closed six blocks of the city's central business district to cars. And International Sustainable Solutions takes urban planners. Ecuador's Bahia de Caraquez and Uganda's Kampala. Portland. Bogota and Bangkok. It is also working to provide affordable clean power to low-income families.S. City & Country: Perfect Eagle takes off Tags: Green Building Index | Puan Sri Alice Su Written by Racheal Lee Monday. Texas is fast becoming a world leader in solar equipment production and has made great strides in preserving open space. While there is no formal green cities organization. cities to do the same under the U. Copenhagen. at which local experts. an international agreement forged to mitigate the threat of global warming. Seattle. 23 August 2010 00:00 Perfect Eagle Development Sdn Bhd may not immediately ring a bell but it is a name to watch. Another green cities leader is Rekyjavik. many groups have sprung up to help urban areas achieve their sustainability goals. hosts conferences around the U. also score high for their green attributes and attitudes. Sydney. Barcelona. Shah Alam. Of course. Brazil. the move also encouraged density around transit hubs and thus preserved open space in other areas that would have likely turned into suburbia. British Columbia draws 90 percent of its power from renewable sources while its metro area boasts some 200 parks and more than 18 miles of accessible waterfront. policymakers and business leaders share ideas for greening their region. ___ (c) 2009. where hydrogen-powered buses ply the streets and renewable energy sources . And Vancouver.2 million residents rely on it every day.with its densely packed housing.provide the city's heat and electricity. for one. San Francisco is a leader in green building. and has been on the forefront of the battle to reduce plastic usage. reliance on mass transit and walking.Perhaps the archetypal green city is Curitiba. . Iceland. too.

Indonesia. The idea of going into property development arose when Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd approached them with a proposal to acquire the land now occupied by the hypermarket in Dataran Pandan Prima Ampang back in 2003. is the co-founder and chief executive of Perfect Eagle.Part of Dataran Pandan Prima Ampang. The multilevel marketing company has expanded since then and set up offices in Malaysia. personal care. skin and beauty care as well as household products. In her maiden interview with the media. with its main focus in Zhongshan and Yongzhou in China. Hong Kong. Photo by Abdul Ghani Ismail Perfect Eagle’s founders. are no strangers to the Chinese community. 42. she tells City & Country she and her husband decided to invest profits from their multilevel marketing business in land to build wealth for “the next generation so they have something to hold”. The China operation recently opened a factory in Yangchou in Jiangsu province. Thailand and Singapore. Perfect (China) Co was incorporated in 1994 to market consumer products such as health food. . The husband-and-wife team of Tan Sri Koo Yuen Kim and Puan Sri Alice Su also heads Perfect Resource (M) Sdn Bhd and Perfect (China) Co Ltd. Property development Su. Funded by Perfect Resources. however.

.” Su says. we have already made our profit. in the 28-acre Alam Sutera will be launched by the middle of next year “When they approached us. offering 145 units of terraced houses. we thought if the hypermarket is interested in it. A project with a GDV of RM170 million is not small so we engaged some professionals to assist us in running the show. “We were very excited from the very first day we started .” recalls Su.. We want our investors and buyers to profit too so that later. As it was new to property development. “Property development is very new to us as we don’t have the experience. The developer had paid only RM25 psf for the tract earlier that year that it acquired from a privately-owned company. they will come back to us. the company engaged professional expertise. we should tap on the opportunity to develop the remaining land as well.Su says Phase 2 of Aquila. we wanted to know how the product would turn out. About 13 acres were sold to Tesco Stores at RM100 psf in 2003. . Some people said the pricing was too low but as a developer.

At the same time. They are waiting for the two upcoming projects because they know that before the building is completed.Now. to house the headquarters of Perfect Eagle Development. However. One is a serviced residence called Amber Residency with 126 units sized from 950 sq ft to 1. we needed to put up the infrastructure like roads. Like most things in life. a petrol station and the Tesco hypermarket. 2-storey semidee cluster homes. The development plan has been approved and the building plan is being fine-tuned.800 sq ft. with frontage to the highway. only two acres in the township remain undeveloped. success did not come immediately. “After we sold the land to Tesco Stores. We sold the shopoffices for RM600. the developer is now looking at a 21-storey office block. The township comprises 2-storey shopoffices. the value would appreciate more than 50% (from the selling price). named Eagle Tower. the initial plan for the land. As for the second. followed by the residential component six months later. 2-storey terraced homes. Su says. and they were already . An artist's impression of Eagle Tower in Ampang Su says the developer is looking at Green Building Index (GBI) certification for both projects. This project is currently in the planning stage. Two projects are planned for the remaining two acres.000 back then. “I’m very proud of Dataran Pandan Prima Ampang because the purchasers are very happy. sewage system and water supply in 10 months as Tesco Stores would complete the construction of its store in eight months.to 5-storey shopoffice units was going on. The early days were challenging. the construction of 17 units of 2. was for a second petrol station.

the consultants even asked us to attend technical seminars. so I went into the insurance line .” she notes. what can you do? You do sales. who was also in the insurance line. Back then. “After I finished my STPM.” she adds. Construction is all about the details. I came down to Kuala Lumpur from Ipoh to look for a job. I took the exam and I become an insurance agent and met my husband. An artist's impression of Amber Residency in Ampang Perfect Eagle Development got off the ground with only a handful of employees. “I monitored the construction of my 2½-storey bungalow (with a built-up 6.. However.. It was then that she had her first taste of property development — overseeing the construction of their bungalow in the Tropicana Golf & Country Resort.000 sq ft piece of land from scratch. . consultation and engineering needs were outsourced. the work force has grown to 35 to 40 employees.. You need to answer to the authorities while the purchasers may not want to come back to you again. consultants and quantity surveyors for advice throughout the process. The beginning Before going into multilevel marketing with her husband. the couple depended on architects. it will get you into big problems.1 million even before completion. If you overlook that.. many companies require you to have working experience. After eight years. “We went through a lot of brainstorming .000 sq ft) on a 10.selling at RM1. Su was doing sales and accounts in a construction firm. while also caring for their first child. The couple joined a multilevel marketing company before Su took up a part-time accounting job in a construction firm. When you don’t have experience. It was very interesting and we learned about construction from there.” she adds. engineers.” says Su.

000-sq-ft sales gallery that will ultimately be converted into a function hall for lease.While Su takes charge of the property development activities. Why the name Perfect Eagle? “We want to be perfect but at the same time we also understand that we can’t score 100% in everything. The developer is also aiming for green certification for the 64-acre leasehold project. If you don’t have high standards. I want number one quality workmanship and my requirements are very high. The eagle is a strong bird that flies very high. An artist's impression of O2 City in Puchong The plan includes an eco-friendly 10. .” the mother of two adds. life will be plain and ordinary and I can’t stand that. Koo focuses on the multilevel marketing business in China. “Wherever we are. The 252m monsoon drain on the site will be covered with arches as part of the landscaping. it won’t let go. the developer is also planning a green city called O2 City in Puchong. and we want to aim for green certifications. Q2 City is a low-rise stratified gated and guarded project with commercial and residential components. O2 City Besides the two upcoming projects in Dataran Pandan Prima Ampang. we must go for the best. I’m very particular [in what she wants] and kind of a perfectionist. The plans are expected to be submitted soon to the authorities. Once it has set eyes on its target. It needs a lot of planning. located diagonally opposite the D’Alpinia development by Hap Seng Land Sdn Bhd.” says Su.” says Su of the project which will be developed over 10 to 12 years. We want to be like the eagle. “O2 City means twice the oxygen and minimising carbon dioxide.

Jasin. building direction. Green will also be the buzzword here with the township focusing on . garbage into fertiliser. There will also be a 9to 18-hole golf course. where it owns a 600-acre leasehold tract. play and study — in one place. . This township can be a second home for foreigners. we will talk to the authorities.. We will have hotels. “For those parcels that we can’t buy. We also want to put everything — living... being green is not only about planting trees but also adopting green techniques like rainwater harvesting. Then they can just take the fertiliser for their plants. serviced apartments.For Su. especially those from China. low-emissive glass. the developer plans to give away 50 acres for international schools to set up their campuses — for free. Says Su. we want everybody to do it. terraced houses and commercial components. energy saving. then we will have natural fertiliser rather than chemical fertiliser. solar panels. crystal window films as well as recycling and reusing. “We are going to create job opportunities in that township.” says Su who emphasises that going green is not about trends. we intend to design a machine that allows the residents to decompose. Melaka Perfect Eagle’s biggest piece of land by far is in Jasin. To popularise the address. on which it is planning to develop a township.” The launch however. “Our household rubbish can be turned into fertiliser for plants. the developer is acquiring smaller parcels around the site to improve its access. without any odour. will not be for another eight years.. That is my dream.” says Su. In O2 city. especially on relocation of the squatters. resort homes. work. On the land are two lakes totalling 100 acres which the developer plans to turn into an extreme water sports park. In the meantime. bungalows.

located diagonally opposite Universiti Teknologi MARA. Shah Alam. In Jasin.eco-plantation. the first phase saw a take-up rate of 30%. will also have an apartment component with units sized from 750 sq ft to 850 sq ft. eco-tourism and eco-education. The township. the developer is keen to build green highrise condominiums. will have 145 units of terraced home. in Kuala Lumpur.584. The company recently launched phase 1 of Aquila — the landed home component of in its 28-acre Alam Sutera — in Puncak Alam. It will be a resort-themed project and it will be one of the main attractions for Malaysian tourism later.” she adds. “I think many city children don’t even know what a chicken looks like. Then we have two very deep and nice lakes. The project is scheduled to be launched next year and the building plan has been submitted to the authorities. Offering a total of 121 terraced houses priced from RM268. The GDV of the Aquila project is RM80 million. Other projects Meanwhile. We will launch projects slowly and steadily. Phase 2 of Aquila. >> ASIAONE / BUSINESS / NEWS / STORY . “We are not in a hurry to launch. we will have breeding area for chickens and ducks.” Su says. which is scheduled to be unveiled by the middle of next year.

the cooperation agreement will lead to the development of new catalytic projects worth about US$100 million (RM338 million). Masdar is a company focusing on renewable energy and sustainability. 1MDB is a strategic development company owned by the Malaysian government. "It is our intention to explore business opportunities relating to the development of an environmentally friendly carbon-neutral city in Malaysia." Shahrol said. a wholly-owned fuel. It has a planned initial funding of RM11 billion and the first tranche of RM5 billion Related link: » Malaysia to depend less on fossil .Tue. Incorporated in 2006. If fully implemented. says Najib subsidiary of Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development Company. The agreement was signed by Masdar chief executive officer Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber and his 1MDB counterpart. Masdar. and witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Gen Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan. "We value this partnership with Malaysia and applaud its move to actively pursue and invest in new green technologies. Najib is here on an official visit and to attend the World Future Energy Summit where he delivered a keynote address." Sultan Ahmed said. It serves as a catalyst for long-term sustainable economic development through a new economic model based on innovation. creativity and high-value creation. Shahrol Halmi. and 1MDB signed a cooperation agreement in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to jointly explore clean technology Both companies will also cooperate and invest in carbon reduction projects and clean technology venture capital. 2010 New Straits Times Top of Form Bottom of Form Carbon-neutral city being planned MALAYSIA is mulling the building of its first carbon-neutral city as one of the projects to be undertaken by a joint venture between Abu Dhabi's Masdar and 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Jan 19.

“Ranking average overall is a great start for Kuala Lumpur and this index is a stepping stone for us to move forward to improve our city’s livability factor. which would also target renewable energy sources and long-term sustainable economic development projects in Malaysia and abroad. land use and buildings. Sanitation is also another issue where only an estimated 70 per cent of the city’s population has access to sanitation.6 tonnes to an estimated 7. nitrogen dioxide and suspended particulate matter. Najib arrived in Abu Dhabi late on Saturday in his Middle East swing that also included an official visit to Saudi Arabia. According to the study. while Kuala Lumpur ranks average in a green city survey. Beijing. Average daily sulphur dioxide emissions are particularly low here at 6 micrograms per cubic metre. air quality and environmental governance. on his way home. He also toured the Al Reem mixed-development project undertaken by a consortium of four Malaysian companies comprising IJM Bhd. With 44 sq m of green space per person. Shanghai and Delhi. The EIU examines the environmental performance of 22 major Asian cities in eight categories – energy and CO2 (carbon dioxide).” Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd president and chief executive officer Prakash Chandran said in a statement. compared with the index average of 22 per cent. transport. more than double the index average of 375 kg. “Automobiles have driven annual CO2 emissions per capita past the index average of 4. waste. water. The agreement came close after 1MDB set up a joint US$2. Kuala Lumpur scores well for better-than-average levels of sulphur dioxide. sanitation. Earlier. “Overall. Meanwhile. This was the finding of the Asian Green City Index survey carried out by the independent Economist Intelligence Unit. while a significant number of households are still served by primary sewage treatment plants. Rapid population growth and relatively poor waste collection and disposal played a major factor in determining the scores for the city in this category. together with the likes of Bangkok. with water leakages running at an estimated 37 per cent. energy and CO2 are among the biggest challenges facing Kuala Lumpur’s environmental condition. The study also found that Kuala Lumpur was well below average in the water category.was raised through the issuance of Islamic bonds guaranteed by the government. By Business Times 10 Ways To Make KL A Cleaner & Greener City POSTED BY SHLOKE 23 NOVEMBER 2009 . He is scheduled to visit India. land use and buildings. Jakarta. Kuala Lumpur also ranks average in terms of environmental governance. Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd. due to a combination of relatively high water consumption and one of the highest leakage rates in index. the city centre’s waste generation is 816 kg per capita per year. the city is above the index average of 39 sq m. Malaysia ranks ‘average’ in Green City survey • • Malaysia Properties News February 15th. He toured the almost-completed Yas Island Formula One race track which was built by a joint venture involving Bahrain-based Cebarco and Malaysia's WCT Engineering Bhd. 2011 ○ SINGAPORE is Asia’s greenest city. Najib visited several key projects undertaken by Malaysian companies in Abu Dhabi.2 tonnes.5 billion investment fund with Saudi Arabia's PetroSaudi. the index is a good reflection of where Kuala Lumpur stands in terms of its sustainability. including the Sheikh Zayed Sport City development being built by a joint venture company involving Malaysia's Sunway Group. such as septic tanks.” according to the statement. Zelan Holdings Bhd and LFE Engineering Sdn Bhd. Singapore stands out in particular for its ambitious environmental targets and efficient approach towards achieving them.

#STEP 1 . people return to their filthy habits. KL is getting dirtier by the minute. I've seen people throw plastic bags. public awareness only last for two weeks. In addition. The excessive traffic jams are the main cause of environmental pollution. Many city dwellers often find it hard to give up the luxuries they have been accustomed to in their urban homes. I've participated in numerous campaigns organized by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (translation: KL City Hall) to clean up my residential area. unique skyscrapers and amazing shopping experiences. After that. It is still a preferred destination for lavish lifestyle.(Now is the time to clean up KL City for future generations) My Cartoon Doodle Kuala Lumpur (KL) is fast becoming a modern and sophisticated city. The cleanliness of our streets and rivers says a lot about who we are and what our values are. Its' the infamous 'TIDAK APA' attitude among Malaysians. wrappers and other garbage out of their cars as if the whole country is just one big garbage dump . Recently. The city is littered with rubbish. We need to discard our old habits before it’s too late. Despite the massive development. delicious food. Unfortunately. Sadly. the massive development has contributed to air pollution and bottleneck traffic jams. A greener and cleaner city is a desirable place for living and working. Malaysians seem to have little regard for the environment and cleanliness.handiwork of ugly Malaysian.Use Public Transportation . Over one and a half million people are living and working in KL. I am proposing 10 simple yet effective ways to make KL a livable city.

A typical bus can take 40 single-passengers cars off the road. in a total of 165 bus routes from 980 housing estates in Klang Valley (Ridership Numbers Adapted From: The Star). One third of drivers in KL City spend the equivalent of three workweeks in bumper to bumper traffic every year.com. train or car pool. A RapidKL's bus can take 40 single-passengers cars off the road.my/ KL Monorial Official Portal: http://www. Getting Around In KL: Kuala Lumpur's public transport system consists of 3 LRT (Light Rail Transit) lines operated by RapidKL.com.000 passengers daily. Solution: Use public transportation whenever possible. the semicircular KL Monorail looping through the Golden Triangle and the KTM Komuter for trips to the outer northern.monorail.rapidkl. RapidKL buses have 2. carrying 380.ktmb.7 million ridership a week.my/ KTM Official Portal: http://www. This congestion costs us dearly. It will saves more than 109 million liter of petrol per year in Malaysia.com.my/ . • • • RapidKL Official Portal: http://www. southern & western suburbs. As of 13th November 2009. Picture taken with my Nikon D60 Air pollution is at the top of the list of problems caused by motor vehicles. Cars take up too much space in KL where 4 out of 5 trips are made by car. Take bus.

and the flora and fauna that live there. its banks. DBKL (KL City Hall) and KWP (Ministry of Federal Territories) need to actively promote public awareness on the importance of rivers and to highlight the critical state of pollution faced by our rivers. We need more campaigns to clean our dying rivers! Solution: These operations always need volunteers. These involve removing the waste that pollutes a water course and cleaning riverbanks. The main causes of river pollution are industrial effluents and domestic waste disposal. It is an opportunity to help the environment and learn more about the stream. KL Picture taken with my Nokia hand phone According to Department of Irrigation & Drainage (DID). Local nature conservation groups regularly organize river clean up operations. Do not be afraid to join one. Solid waste deposited by irresponsible individuals has badly affected the quality of water in our rivers. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail.#STEP 2 .Help Clean Up A River Cry Me a `Clean' River! Gombak/Klang river confluence next to Masjid Jamek. had said on numerous occasions that people should change their perception of rivers and look at them as a resource rather than their rubbish dumping ground. . This is aggravated by industrialisation and urban migration which results in squatter problems. 30 of them function as reservoirs which supply the 26.9 million people living in Malaysia with clean water that flows through our taps. Among the 189 river basins. our rivers provide 97% of our water supply.

#STEP 3 . That's not enough. We need to pressure DBKL (KL City Hall) and KWP (Ministry of Federal Territories) to pass similar initiatives. Solution: .000 plastic bags over 13 days. The flyaway pieces that do break off can endanger wildlife. Several hypermarkets in KL have banned plastic bag. The following is a press statement released by Lim Guan Eng (The Chief Minister of Penang) in George Town on Friday. We should follow Penang and create a “NO PLASTIC BAG DAY” on every Monday.Say NO to Plastic Bag & Styrofoam My mom's eco-friendly reusable shopping bag :) Picture captured with my Nikon D60 Plastic bag and Styrofoam require fossil fuels to produce and takes centuries to degrade. 9th October 2009: “No Plastic Mondays” have reduced plastic bag consumption by more than 580.

each year thousands of cats and dogs enter shelter (over 7.Stray Cats & Dogs (Adopt A Pet From Your Local Animal Shelter) Let's create a better world for animals. By adopting a cat or a dog from a shelter. According to SPCA Malaysia. puppies and dogs at the SPCA Animal Shelter in Ampang Jaya. If you decide that you and your family are ready to make this commitment. #STEP 4 . A stray dog in Pulau Ketam. Click here to read FAQ aboutPet Adoption . don't spend money needlessly in a pet shop. Find your next family member at the local animal shelter instead. Bring along your cloth bag during shopping. Currently. yet only 17% are adopted from there. cats. Ask you workplace to replace Styrofoam coffee cups with reusable mugs or drinking glass.Avoid plastic bag and Styrofoam takeout. there are close to 400 kittens. 000). to view guidelines for adopting a pet. Picture captured with my Nikon D60. thus encouraging even more pets to be raised. Solution: Visit SPCA. you're giving a homeless pet a new chance of life.

php #STEP 5 .my Official Portal: http://www.4pm Daily) (10am – 6.spca.my/v51/index.org.30pm Daily) Fax: 03-4252 8382 Email: enquiries@spca.SPCA Contact Details: SPCA Selangor Jalan Kerja Air Lama.Do Not Drop Your Garbage Indiscriminately When Traveling . Selangor. Animal Shelter & Admin Dept: 03-4256 5312/ Public Relations Dept & Inspectorate: 4253 5179 03-4253 5312 (8. 68000 Ampang.30am .org.

Introduce Environmental Education to Schools Work with WWF and spread the Green Message Many local environmental NGOs (e. In some KL places. Solution: Do not drop your trash just anywhere .Malaysia Nature Society & WWF .especially if you are on an excursion . MNS . UGLY & DIRTY . Take your trash back to where you are staying and disperse of it properly.g. . #STEP 6 .somewhere in KL Picture taken with my Nikon D60 Across Malaysia. the average rate of recycling is less than 20%. rubbish bins are rare or altogether absent.World Wide Fund For Nature) offer free or low cost education presentations or field trips for school-aged children.even if the environment already appears to be dirty or strewn with dumped waste. They usually focus on the natural features it has to offer.It's SMELLY.

Solution: .my/ #STEP 7 .Solution: Spend some time organizing environmental awareness programs with these NGOs. Each tax season. The IRB has set a goal to have 80% of the returns e-filed.mns.my/ MNS Official Portal: http://www. but this can't be achieved unless consumers continue to use the service and urge tax professionals to e-file whenever possible. GO E-FILING! A screenshot of Malaysian Income Tax BE Form. teachers and parents.wwf. WWF Official Portal: http://www.org. IRB (Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia) issues nearly 2 millions paper forms or the equivalent of nearly 75 000 trees. Efiling which now accounts for 30% of all returns significantly reduces the amount of paper used. It is a good way to increase awareness among students.File Your Income Tax Electronically GO GREEN.

You'll save paper and get your refund faster. Official Portal of IRB: http://www. Cars already produce a fifth of carbon dioxide emissions. .org. Solution: Instead of taking your children to school by car. Almost 35% of morning commuters are parents and kids on their way to school.hasil. although some take buses. nearly 60% are driven. send them by public transportation or school bus or accompany them on foot or by bike. and their numbers will increase considerable over the coming decades to meet growing demand in Malaysia.Reduce Traffic Jams & Pollution (Take Your Children to School on Foot) School bus is COOL! "I Am Doing My Part to Save the Earth" Fewer than 15% of children walk or bike to school.File your personal income tax returns online.my/ #STEP 8 .

Worldwide.4%.#STEP 9 .Plant A Tree (Make KL A Green City Not A Concrete City) A canopy tree in Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. less than a third of the world is still forested.Practice Sustainable Tourism . KL Picture taken with my Nikon D60 Today. Solution: Plant a tree. forest has been reduced by 2. You will be joining the fight against global warming and the atmosphere pollution caused by CO2 emissions. #STEP 10 . over the last 10 years.

Follow these five simple steps to support local tourism. Use local sources for everything from public transportation to restaurant food. KL Picture taken with my Nikon D60 When you travel in KL. Use tour operators that respect fragile habitats and can show visitors what local conditions are really like. you can also have a positive impact. . • • • • Patronize local businesses as much as possible. Give back to the community by supporting humanitarian projects and social works.Visitors to Bazaar Ramadan at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Paul and Sara from the Green Guide (National Geographic) settled on twelve criteria that affect all cities regardless of geography or age. 26 March 2010 09:14 What Makes a City Green? When looking at the strengths of environmental programs across the country for our green cities survey. Air Quality: Exposure to polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from fuel exhaust and cigarette smoke has been reported to increase the risk of breast cancer by 50 percent. .10 Ways to Make KL City Cleaner & Greener: 1. 7. 5. Below is the list. 4. 9. 6. Friday. Use Public Transportation Say NO to Plastic Bag & Styrofoam Adopt A Pet From Your Local Animal Shelter Help Clean Up A River Do Not Drop Your Garbage Indiscriminately When Traveling Introduce Environmental Education to Schools File Your Income Tax Electronically Reduce Traffic Jams & Pollution Plant A Tree Practice Sustainable Tourism I LOVE to hear your creative ideas to spruce up KL. 8. 10. 3. as noted in the 2002 Long Island Breast Cancer Study. 2. In order to measure air quality. we based our score on the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI) and smoking bans noted on the Smoke Free World website. Feel free to drop your comments.

Public Health: Scores were based on Robert Weinhold's rankings of the 125 healthiest U. Unhealthy for Sensitive Individuals 101-150.2 July 2010 – Miri is gearing up to become the first green city in the country and efforts are ongoing to make the dream a reality. Recycling: Survey respondents were asked to indicate which items their city recycles from a list that included aluminum. or 64. traffic congestion and smog). sidewalks/trails and subways. reported having a city policy to help prevent sprawl. Additional points were given to cities reducing sprawl.html Home > Campus News: Media Releases 2010 Understand the complexities of environmental concepts. according to Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George C is also the state Minister of Tourism and Heritage and Minister of Industrial Development. Scores were assigned depending on the ranking given to environmental concerns. including athletic fields. Source: by Paul McRandle and Sara Smiley Smith. Also included were incentives for the home use of solar or wind power. a specific indication of concerted effort at the municipal level to better the environment. geothermal. had the best median AQI at 19 while the worst was a 79 in Saint Louis. The Green Guide . Water Quality: In order to assess this complicated factor. Environmental Perspective: City administrators were asked to rank from 1 (highest) to 9 (lowest) nine issues in order of importance to city residents—education. About 120 secondary school students from seven schools in Miri accompanied by their teachers took part. though only one city we looked at. biomass.About 60 percent of cities surveyed have passed a smoking ban.com/resources/human-health-a-the-environment. we based scores not only on survey responses about policies and incentives for green design but also on LEED projects listed on the USGBC's website. such as rebates or property tax exemptions. who is also the chairman of the Curti Also present were the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Curtin Sarawak. scored 9 or better.S. organised by The Learning Centre of the university as part of its ongoing OutReach Programme initiatives. as well as help raise awaren the role society has in preserving our natural environment and the efficient use of our natural resources. Unhealthy 151200. Scoring also considered the percentage of overall city area occupied by green space. While we collected data on the degree of LEED certification (Certified. Green Space: Survey respondents were asked to identify the variety of green spaces. reported having a policy to encourage green design. the average ranking for the importance of environmental concerns was 5.5 percent of respondents.” commented Dr Chan. Gold and Platinum) buildings achieved. It is often the awareness teachers instill in young children that helps them understand the complexities of environmental concepts and motivates them to adopt habits that help protect the environment. Oregon. In Malaysia the PAM (Persatuan Arkitek malaysia. we asked survey respondents to note each city's energy mix from resources including coal. Dr Chan said the country needed young people and educators to come together to understand how best to co-exist with nature in a sustainable manner. National Geographic http://www. public safety. Environmental Policy: In our survey. was held to commemorate Miri’s fifth anniversary as a resort city. paper. Out of a total of nine. city parks. rode bicycles to work and carpooled. including bicycle paths. This question was designed to elicit the variety of outdoor amenities available and was scored on the total number of different types of green spaces present. this did not affect scoring. cardboard.4.ecoknights. to create an overall maximum possible score of 11 points.8 percent of participants. we asked survey respondents about the transportation options available. bus systems. light rail. solar and wind. and senior university staff and academicians. carpool lanes. health care. A total of 29 cities. Since coal accounts for over 90 percent of these emissions. we also asked about the percentages of residents who used public transportation. He related this when officiating at the first Miri Youth Green Symposium for secondary school students hosted by Curtin University of Technology. glass. pollution. The average value was 43. Professor Ian Kerr.5 for cities participating in this study. dedicated bicycle lanes. and co of their opinions. Very Unhealthy 201-300 and Hazardous 301-500). with a maximum score of 1 point per criterion. or 46. Socioeconomic Factors: Cities scored well for having less than the national average of families and individuals earning below the poverty rate. Alaska. housing costs. “I am pleased to see that Curtin Sarawak is very supportive of Miri City’s efforts in trying to create a new Malaysian record as the country’s first Green City. with the greatest weight given to health violations. non-toxic standards of USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program have become the basis for many cities' green building projects. hazardous materials. to build their foundational knowle concerns.S. As a follow up to this. Electricity Use and Production: Close to 40 percent of U. . Dr Chan tells students Miri . property taxes and traffic congestion. Participants also gained points for having a city minimum wage and for the availability of housing affordable to families earning the area's median income according to the National Association of Home Owners' Housing Opportunity Index. we drew on data from the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) and noting violations of the Safe Water Drinking Act. energy. hydroelectric. tin and other. Green Design: The resource-conserving. Recognizing this. malaysian Architects Association) launched the Green Building Index in 2009 and is spearheading its way to more earth friendly buildings in the country. Forty cities. Anchorage.” said Dr The symposum. emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) comes from electric utilities. environmental concerns. conservation and ecology. employment. Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) at its campus here on Monday. reliable electricity and water service. waste management and resource management. oil. oil. I encourage teachers to take the initiative in bringing the outside world to the students. trail systems and waterfronts. It provided an opportunity for the participants to contribute innovative ideas to environmental issues such as climate change. public gardens. Eugene. “The classroom is the best place to introduce topics such as pollution. Transportation: Wishing to recognize efforts to get people out of their cars (reducing greenhouse gases. Silver. Moderate 51-100. we asked city officials whether the city has an environmental policy. Each of these factors was equally weighted. Cities that had more then seven categories of recyclable items were given the highest scores. cities as published in the March 2004 Organic Style. nuclear. plastic. had such statements. AQI values are broken into five different ranges with lower values indicating less polluted air (Good 0-50. nature conservation. Thirty-six cities. or 58 percent of respondents. along with any additional spaces.

from understanding environmental issues. Meanwhile. a great preparatory step. Students can champion a to show that ‘Reduce’. affecting over 83 million citizens. support environmentally-friendly methods of transportation. By thriving to achieve green city status. offices. We do not want this to happen to our beloved country. Greg Nickels.Dr Chan remarked that only in Miri fish and trees in the jungle died of old age while in other parts of the world both fish and trees died young due to human greed. leaders are acting to improve the quality of the air. On 16 February 2005. and other structures. “This symposium today will provide an avenue for students from Miri to engage in conversation on a range of topics. “We still have blue sky. the Agreement had been signed by 935 mayors. or save endangered species on our own. people cannot see blue sky because of massive pollution. was ratified by over 140 countries. Through the Agreement. I believe. Today. He also encouraged other cities in the United States to follow suit by urging those in positions of leadership to consider adopting the principles of the Kyoto Protocol through the Climate Protection Agreement. The Climate Protection Agreement is part of the base structure for a green city. an international agreement regarding climate disruption. the Kyoto Protocol. cities agree to three points of action: 1.” he added. to managing and using resources competently. Professor Kerr said one of the strategic priorities of Curtin Sarawak for 2010 was to advocate ‘going green’ initiatives and to promote energy efficiency processes at the university.” said Dr Chan. but in other parts of the world. “Young Malaysians should take the lead in informing society to be more environmentally friendly and work hand-in-hand with school authorities. At that time. ‘Reuse’ and ‘Recycle’ are not just catch phrases.” he concluded. many city mayors are working to get their cities focused on the environmental movement. lower the use of non-renewable resources. the mayor of Seattle. By early 2009. and offer recycling programs.” added Professor Kerr. their goal is to convert their city into a green city. reserve more green space. government agencies and non-government agencies to make their cities more energy-efficient. decided to promote the aspirations of the Kyoto Protocol in Seattle. encourage the building of green homes. For many of those mayors. “We may not be able to reduce global warming. but together we can show the community how to make choices in our daily lives that are earth-friendly. By June of 2005. Attempt to meet or exceed the targets set forth in the Kyoto Protocol for their own cities through anti-sprawl policies to the restoration of forests to . “We are pleased to work with the Miri City Council and the Miri community in supporting their green efforts and are committed towards developing a culture of conservation at the university and promoting sustainable students and staff. and this is. thereby creating a green city. 141 mayors had signed on.” he said. More imp will be shared with the community at large.

Portland. 3. for people looking to start their lives in a green city. Seattle. Each year. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has an Air Quality Index that ranks theozone and particulate found in the air for cities through out US. Oregon. Encourage legislation to reduce greenhouse gases and establish a system for handling national emission of greenhouse gases. For example. Encourage state and federal government to establish policies to meet or exceed the greenhouse gas reduction target set by the Kyoto Protocol for the United States – which was a reduction of the levels from 1990 by 7% by 2012. a green city will have little fuel exhaust pollution. and plenty of sidewalks and inner city walking trails. a little research can tell wonders on the path the city is taking. Every year the top cities are urged to submit an application for an award proving that they are a green city. bike lanes. In addition.educating the public on environmental issues. . Colorado. a green city will support and encourage public transportation that is environmentally-friendly and provide carpool lanes. 2. Washington – to name just a few. There are quite a few cities that consistently reach that status: Boulder. new cities are added to the list as the importance of environmentalism becomes more widespread.

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