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Sustainable Green Campus Festival 2022

The Sustainable Green Campus Festival 2022, organised by the UiTM Green Centre, was an important step towards fulfilling Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13) by promoting climate action and sustainability on campus. The event was graced by UiTM Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Ts. Dr Hajah Roziah Mohd Janor, and was held at Anjung Seri Budiman, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam. The event was attended by UiTM’s strategic partners from various agencies including Kloth Malaysia Sdn Bhd, KDEB Waste Management, Landasan Lumayan Sdn. Bhd (LLSB), the Department of Environment (DOE), Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC), Shah Alam City Council’s (MBSA) Department of Planning, Department of Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing, Malaysia Sustainable University Campus Network (MySUN), Fathopes Energy, Central Sugar Refinery Sdn. Bhd (CSR), Perbadanan Aset Air Berhad (PAAB), Avisena Specialist Hospital and Sekolah Kebangsaan Saujana Utama. The event demonstrated how collaborative efforts can drive SDG 13 initiatives. Themed “Greener and Healthier Lifestyle”, the programme, which was held for the second time, ran from 1 November to 31 December 2022 and aimed to (1) recognise the contributions of “sustainability warriors” who have actively promoted sustainability locally and globally, and (2) recognise the campuses, faculties, responsibility centres and strategic partners who have actively supported the University’s Sustainability Agenda in 2022. Professor Datuk Ts. Dr Hajah Roziah Mohd Janor, Vice Chancellor of UiTM, emphasised that collaboration with strategic partners is timely and integral to the University’s Sustainability Agenda, making UiTM a key player in achieving SDG 13. She highlighted that UiTM’s commitment to sustainability, as evidenced by the UiTM Green Campus Sustainability Festival, has placed the university 128th out of 1050 universities in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings 2022. During the closing ceremony of the event, participants also witnessed the launch of three major initiatives by the UiTM Green Centre to strengthen the University’s Sustainability Agenda and contribute to SDG 13. These initiatives include the Environmental Sustainability Report (ESR), the UiTM 2022-2025 Green Campus Sustainability Strategic Plan, the Low Carbon Cities Challenge 2030 Blueprint and the launch of a high-impact sustainability project called “No Single Use Plastic” (SUP). These initiatives play an important role in establishing a culture of sustainability and climate action within the university community and underline UiTM’s commitment to addressing the challenges of climate change and advancing SDG 13.

Evaluating the Understanding of Sustainable Development among Generation Z Students

In 2021, Forbes described Generation Z as the vanguard of sustainable development, and a 2018 study by the National Union of Students in the UK found that 81% of students expressed interest in the concept of Sustainable Development. Building on this momentum, the Financial Science Club FLOW launched a research initiative in the 2020/2021 academic year to assess awareness of sustainable development among students (n=514). While 70% of students indicated that they were already familiar with the concept of Sustainable Development, not all had basic knowledge in this area. However, 83% of students confirmed that it is important for individuals to influence market dynamics and drive sustainable development. These results and the students’ beliefs emphasise the significant potential for innovative and adaptable solutions aimed at transforming universities into environmentally conscious and sustainable institutions. UITM has initiated a comprehensive programme aimed at engaging students in sustainable development activities from the very beginning of their studies.

ArticleLink https://qs-gen.com/outstanding-achievement-of-uitms-fspu-students-in-6th-international-built-environment-undergraduate-research-competition/

MYOUTHCLIMATE: Fostering Knowledge and Climate Change Literacy for Malaysian Youth

UiTM staff and students have been actively involved in the MYOUTHCLIMATE programme, which aims to improve Malaysian youth’s knowledge and understanding of climate change. The main objective of the programme is to equip young Malaysians with climate literacy by developing climate education tools and improving their knowledge on climate change. This in turn will help promote behavioural adaptations to support climate change mitigation initiatives across society. The specific objectives of the programme include the development of a climate change education toolkit, an interactive e-learning module tailored for educators, youth and students, and the organisation of a one-day conference on climate change for young participants.The first phase focuses on the development of an interactive e-learning module that addresses general climate change topics such as causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation strategies. This module aims to capture the interest of young learners and make climate change education engaging and accessible. The second phase is a one-day virtual climate action conference for young people that includes talks, online quizzes, games, art competitions, lucky draws and much more. This multifaceted event aims to raise young people’s awareness and interest in climate change and empower them to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The active involvement of UiTM staff and students in this programme demonstrates their commitment to climate education and sustainable practises.

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Initiatives and Comprehensive Plans for Low-Carbon Campus Development for a Sustainable Future

Due to rising energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, universities are increasingly recognising the importance of low-carbon campus development. This study examined existing campus management initiatives and identified the key holistic elements for successful implementation. Based on a triangulation of information from 116 respondents at the UiTM Shah Alam campus and eight professional interviews, the study found that most existing low carbon campus programmes and activities focus on low-hanging fruit. Financial, cultural, behavioural, organisational and physical constraints were identified as critical challenges to effective implementation. The study also suggested key strategies to overcome these challenges. These include raising green funding, setting clear targets, developing standard procedures for assessing and monitoring carbon emissions and promoting education and information programmes.

ArticleLink https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JFM-10-2021-0121/full/html

Modelling the Relationship between the Environmental Factors and Environmental Behavioural Intention among University Students using a Partial Least Squares–Structural Equation Model (PLS-SEM)

Currently, the world is facing an extraordinarily alarming level of environmental problems related to phenomena such as climate change, ozone layer depletion and global warming. Thus the world urgently needs an immediate solution to tackle these environmental problems. It has been proven that the environmental problems are mainly due to irresponsible human activities. To overcome these problems, behavioural solutions are needed to encourage individuals to adopt environmentally friendly behaviour. Since university students consume a large proportion of environmental resources, universities can play an important role in promoting environmentally friendly behaviour in society by providing appropriate environmental education to their students. However, local universities such as Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) lack information on students’ pro-environmental behaviour. Recent studies have shown that pro-environmental behaviour can be explained by many direct factors, but indirect factors have received much less attention. The aim of this study is to (1) determine specific environmental factors that may influence UiTM students’ environmental behaviour intention, and (2) determine the mediating effect of environmental attitude on the relationship between the environmental factors and Environmental Behavioural Intention. These environmental factors and mediating factors are analysed using Partial Least Square - Structural Equations Modelling (PLS-SEM). Self-administered questionnaires were distributed to a sample of 382 UiTM students selected using Stratified random sampling. The results show that two significant factors have a direct influence on Environmental Behaviour Intention, namely Environmental Knowledge and Social Norms. This means that students who have environmental knowledge and are surrounded by environmentally conscious people tend to behave in an environmentally conscious way. Two other factors, Environmental Concern and Perceived Risk, have an indirect influence on Environmental Behaviour Intention through the mediation of environmental attitudes. The result indicates that students who are concerned about the environment and are aware of the associated environmental risks only engage in responsible environmental behaviour if they have a positive attitude towards it. Overall, integrating both types of direct and indirect factors to explain pro-environmental behaviour leads to a better understanding of students’ attitudes and behaviour towards the environment.

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