On Tuesday 11 January 2022, representatives from Institut Sultan Iskandar (ISI) paid a courtesy visit to the District Land Office (Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Daerah Johor Bahru) ISI’s delegate was represented by the Deputy Director III of ISI, Dr. Robiah Suratman and Business Research Executive (BRE), Ms. Nadia Zaifulizan. The visit comprised of discussions on future programs between ISI and PDT JB and was welcomed by Tuan Hj Amirul Haffiz Ariff, the Land Administrator (Pentadbir Tanah) of Johor Bahru.

On 8 December 2021, the Sustainability Practitioner Fundamentals Course (SPFC) was organized by Institut Sultan Iskandar (ISI) as part of the series of capacity-building under the ISI Sustainable Development Program (ISI-SDP). The SPFC comprises of modules focused on the fundamentals of sustainable development and how it is applied through various roles and functions. It also explores the application of sustainable development across sectors, and its related career options and pathways. Through this program, real-world issues related to sustainability were shared with participants and they were given the opportunity to interact through the multiple question and answer sessions.

The program was delivered by Ms. Teh Soo Tyng, a MIM-ARM Certified Professional CSR Manager and Green Industry Auditor, and Ms. Nadia Zaifulizan, a Certified Sustainability Practitioner (ICSP) and GRI Certified Sustainability Professional (GRI). The 4 modules cover topics such as sustainability overview foundations and frameworks, internal drive and external influences, sustainability in practice, and careers in sustainability.

The SPFC was created to provide practical knowledge on sustainability for those without prior experience in the sustainability arena, fresh graduates, as well as for working professionals from any sector. The overall aim of the course is to enable participants to be equipped with a strong foundation in sustainable development and to be able to apply it regardless of their roles and organizations, especially in operational decision-making.

Due to positive response from the first session, ISI will be organizing the next batch of the Sustainability Practitioner Fundamentals Course in the second quarter of 2022, thus new registrations for Batch 2 will be opened soon. The Institute would like to express appreciation to those who supported the overall program and participated in the first session of the SPFC, as well as welcome the newer participants who are interested in joining the second session in 2022. All further information will be updated via the ISI-SDP website and ISI’s official social media, thus those interested can follow these channels for the latest updates.

On 24 October 2021, Institut Sultan Iskandar (ISI) organized the Nature for Nature: Sustainable Environmental Impact Management Webinar Series.

Through the webinar, various topics related to environmental management practices, environmental and sustainability awareness, the use of natural options for waste management, organic agriculture and horticulture activities, as well as the natural ways of environmental protection measures are shared with the participants in a 1.5 hour session.

The speaker, Ms. Norfaizah Zainal Ariffin, a freelance Green Practice Advisor (Hospitality & Ecotourism) and former Resort Assistant Environment Manager, Langkawi also spent some minutes to share some practical tips which can be practiced at home.

The webinar is part of ISI’s efforts on introducing a variety of practical information which everyone can practice and contribute in, in order to support actions toward sustainable development. As part of ISI’s social inclusion initiative supporting multiple stakeholder participation, this program was also shared with complementary admissions to several different learning groups from various institutions.

The paid online webinar will be made available in the near future through our online learning hub features, which will be introduced to the public soon.

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Our Executive Director, Prof. Dr Syed Ahmad Iskandar Syed Ariffin recently gave a keynote speech during the 1st International Architectural Education Exhibition and Conference (IAEEC) 202. His speech entitled 'Empowering Learning- Nurturing Generic Skills in Architectural Education: A Case Project of Place-making for the People.'

In light of today’s post-pandemic world, the 1st IAEEC 2021 was held via the virtual platform on the 26th and 27th October 2021. Hosted by the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM) through its Council of Architectural Accreditation and Education Malaysia (MAPS), this first-ever architectural education event was devised into three main activities; Webinar Conference, Education Fair and Virtual Exhibition

IAEEC 2021 brought together eminent figures from architectural education on a common platform to reflect and envisage the future of architectural education against the current pandemic and other emerging challenges under the theme of “Envisioning New Horizons For Architectural Education”.

26 September 2021 : Plogging Program was held at Sungai Bunus Community Garden in conjunction with the World Rivers Day Celebration. Amongst those who attended the event; the Minister of Federal Territories, YB Dato'' Seri Dr Shahidan Bin Kassim, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah, Swedish Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Joachim Bergstrom and the representatives from the Sungai Bunus community.  Dr Wan Nurul Mardiah Wan Mohd Rani, our Deputy Director II also attended the event.  

Plogging is the Swedish fitness trend that combines picking up trash while jogging. The word comes from a combination of jogging and 'plocka upp', a Swedish phrase for pick up. Started in Sweden by Erik Ahlström in 2016, plogging is an eco-friendly exercise through which people pick up trash while jogging or brisk walking as a way to clean up litter and take care of their health.

Throughout this program, the participants have successfully collected  64kg of the garbage along the 2km stretch of Sungai Bunus retention pond according to Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah.

Sungai Bunus community garden was initiated in 2016. The garden aimed to rejuvenate the abandoned Sungai Bunus riverbank and provide space for gardening to the urban community. The initiative has improved the water quality of Sungai Bunus River, a 9-kilometre stretch river that flows in Kuala Lumpur since it was first initiated.

The success resulted from the collaboration of stakeholders; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Expressionz, Bernama and others.  This collaborative effort is strongly supported by LA21, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). While Institut Sultan Iskandar (ISI) collaborates with the Centre for Community and Industry Network (CCIN) UTM, actively participates in the various activities related to Sungai Bunus Community Garden.

Through these partnerships, the garden was progressively enriched by these committed volunteers through weekly gardening activities. Since the location of Sungai Bunus Community garden is not within proximity to a residential neighbourhood, each representative takes turns organising and conducting monthly events to ensure the continuous effort and sustainability of the garden. The weekly slot is also valued as a short retreat for working people and students to make time for some gardening and recreational activities as well as an opportunity to socialise with others. The community garden is also being recognised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as a showcase to present the idea of a community garden within an urban setting.

Sungai Bunus is one of the rivers connecting to the main river of Kuala Lumpur, the Sungai Klang. Sungai Klang is the heart of Kuala Lumpur and its existence has been a symbol of life and civilization. However, Sungai Bunus is considered class IV, which means it’s not even suitable for bodily contact or any recreation purpose. Thus the initiative to beautify along the river is the best step to preserve the Sungai Bunus environment.

Plogging @ Sungai Bunus Community Garden in conjunction with the World Rivers Day Celebration under the Sungai Nadi Kehidupan, Local Agenda 21 Kuala Lumpur (LA21KL) project. 

It's a celebration of the world’s waterways and highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.


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