Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Charis Home By Greencity International College

Charis Home
Tucked away in the foothills of Selangor, lies Mantin.

A quiet town surrounded by lush greenery, things move a little slower in this small community. Originally named Setol, the town was affectionately nicknamed Mine Tin due to its abundance in mine by the Europeans. Locals mispronunciation then evolved its name to Mantin.
We arrived just an hours away from Kuala Lumpur and sat at the bottom of the hill was a chicken rice stall and mamak. As we made our way up, past a sugarcane field and dogs playfully barking at us we arrived at Charis Home. Upon arrival we felt the atmosphere as we were greeted with a warm smile by Esther and senior citizens waving as they were about to indulge in breakfast. About a dozen men and women live in this community home taken care by Esther and Pastora. Children are giggling and can be seen circled around the blue-tiled well, one of the girls is playing hand games with a man sat in his wheelchair. One can just have a glimpse of this humble home to feel the love and warmth it has.

Charis Home for the Elderly opened 15 years ago in Cheras, but a mere four years ago the institution moved to sunny Mantin where the air is much fresher and cooler. The corner house features a few male and female rooms that accommodate the old folks. The day to day are chores are fulfilled by the elderly themselves with the help of a cook for their daily meals, along with Esther and the Pastor who help with their spiritual, medical and general needs. Around the corner from Charis Home is an orphanage

On this excursion, we brought a team from Eco Club & Greencity International College as well as a few students to treat Charis home to a meal and show to make garbage enzymes as easy to make enzyme with multiple uses. Garbage enzymes are made simply with brown sugar, water and organic waste. Once fermented for a few months it can be used for multiple things such as cleaning, driving away insects and washing veggies! The kids crowded at the show table with eager eyes ready to get some hands on action to learn fully how garbage enzymes work. Shaking the bottles with full force, some even with two bottles in their hands!
We got to meet with Sally who told us about her aspirations of being a surgeon when she got older. A vibrant girl, she spoke about her love for cats and helping people. Her friend, a timid boy spoke about his dream of being a police and to catch bad guys. Esther’s encouragement for the children is heartfelt and this aura continues in the home.

Cooperating with Fleming. Events we were able to donate food, books, and other items to help with this home that continues to do good for themselves and the community. We would like to thank Fleming. Events, Charis Home and all of those who have helped to make this visit a success!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cleaning Bukit Bintang - Greencity International College

Cleaning Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang Centre Gotong Royong 2015“Jom Bersih Bukit Bintang 10”
Title: 3R Now – We Care (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle)
Date: 07th May 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 7.00 a.m.- 1.00 p.m.
Venue: Plaza Low Yat Boulevard, Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is full of hustle and bustle; people flock daily for glorious food, shopping and sights in the city center. Unfortunately, with crowds often come litter. It is not uncommon to see rubbish like old tapau containers, plastic bags and cigarette buds strewn on the pavement. KAGC organized a BUKIT BINTANG CENTRAL GOTONG ROYONG 2016“JOM BERSIH BUKIT BINTANG 10” in efforts to clean up our beautiful city. Gotong royong is cooperation among many people to attain a shared goal, and here many KAGC students, lectureres and staff had one goal in mind: To Clean Up Bukit Bintang.

Mr. Mark and Mr. Winston were there first to set up the tables and get ready for our students to arrive at the Venue. Later joined in by En. Firdaus, Ms Asyikin, Mr Cardoza, Ms Rose and Ms Artefeh, Mr. Marcus, Ms Penny and other staff. We set up our stall for the Fruit Garbage Enzim Project counter and the decorative bottles counter.Our students and lecturer Ms Kavitha, Ms Ummi and Ms Rehana gathered at the front of the Campus and then left the Campus by Van and Bus while some of the students and lecturers went to Plaza Low Yat directly. There were about 100 members of the KAGC steam which included students, lectureres marketing and admission staff as well.The number of students and lecturers, marketing and admission staff were about 100.Our students and lecturers registered at Plaza Low Yat Boulevard and a complimentary Buffet Breakfast was provided by Melia Hotel, Royal Bintang Hotel and Capitol Hotel o Our students enjoyed the Buffet Breakfast. All our KAGC Cakes were snapped up. Participants of this Gotong Royong are divided into different colour groups. Every participant is entitled to a goodies bag and lucky draw. All participants were to assemble in front of stage behind their respective Team Leaders according to the assigned colours for briefing by MC’s. Meanwhile the representatives from the participating organizations greeted and welcomed the guest of honour, Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur.

The clean up  Welcome Address was done by Organizing Chairman of BBCEC, Mr. Simon Leong, General Manager of the Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Speech by Guest of Honour – Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur was also done during our handing out of Certificates, Certificate to Organizations and Committees with Organization o Zumba Our students participated in the cleaning of Bukit Bintang Areas.4 Workshops and activities for school children. We shared the beauty and origin of decorative bottles with the student and we distributed the decorative bottles to the students as souvenirs. 

Participants assemble at Low Yat Boulevard for exhibitions and closing activities and lucky draw

Our group photo were taken by press reporters. One of our students was interviewed by BERNAMA reporter. Two professors were so amazed by the Fruit Garbage Enzim and interested to visit our College for further discussion and information. Our decorative bottles counters were overwhelmed with people who find the decorative bottles fascinating. This year lucky draws were fabulous with laptop, smartphones, electrical appliances and hotel stays. Our BUKIT BINTANG CENTRAL GOTONG ROYONG 2016“JOM BERSIH BUKIT BINTANG 10” was ultimately a success which we look forward to having again.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Garbage Enzyme

Garbage Enzyme
Garbage Enzyme Activity Report 2016

School of Green Science and Engineering of KAGC was conducted an activity on Garbage Enzyme (GE) Production for all green students on 05th April 2015 at KAGC Chemical Laboratory. The event was held as the part of the activity for Waste Management Course. The entire green students were actively participated and learned to created useful products from garbage.
GE is nothing but a vinegar or alcohol derived from fermenting fresh kitchen waste such as veggie and fruit dregs (peels, cuttings and bits), sugar (brown sugar, jaggery or molasses sugar) and water. The enzyme is derived after one filters and removes the residue after 3 months. The key ingredient is molasses, which the bacteria and microorganisms present in the waste metabolize into alcohol. This is reduced in its final form to acetic acid or vinegar. Vinegar with its acidic properties is well known as an all-round non-toxic cleaner. The enzyme holding many benefits which includes;
  • Household cleansing solution
  • Keeping insects away
  • Purifying the air
  • As compost for plants and vegetables
  • As natural pesticide
  • Prevents blockage in drainpipes

It is also said that during the fermentation of Garbage Enzyme, ozone gas is released and in turn helps to slow down Global Warming and at the same time help to heal the environment. Targeting Youth, this activity empowers young adults to think outside the box in solving environmental issues such as sustainable waste management.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Asiawater 2016 Activity

Asiawater 2016 ActivityThe ASIAWATER Convention is the region’s largest waste and water event organized by UBM.

Title: Asia Water 2016
Date: 7th April 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Conventional Centre

The ASIAWATER Convention is the region’s largest waste and water event organized by UBM. The exhibition gathers thousands of industry professionals across Asia. With over 700 exhibitors catering to 14,000 , this biennial event showcases the latest innovations and products that ensure positive development and recognition for the thriving industry. The ninth edition of the ASIAWATER Expo & Forum took place in The Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

Widely recognised as the Region’s Leading Water Industry event, over 14,000 industry buyers and decision makers will present new products and get updated on the latest trends in the industry as they build business partnerships at this unique event. ASIAWATER 2016 an outstanding opportunity for players to increase their brand exposure and develop business potential as they capitalize on special networking opportunities.This is the primary, high value-added event to strongly support the development and sustainability in the water and wastewater industries especially for the Southeast Asian market. Owned by UBM plc and listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Needless to say, the ASIAWATER convention is a brilliant opportunity for our students to see key players in the industry take part in a conference where ideas and innovations are flowing.
We brought along a few KAGC students from our Diploma of Green Technology Management course for our educational field trip to broaden their horizons by having a glimpse of the industry. The DGTM students introduces existing approaches in incorporating environmental consideration in business with a specific focus on identifying and managing trade-ofs between environmental technology and contemporary practices. Lecturer, Ms. Nurul Izzati Binti Mat Akhir, encourages our students to immerse themselves in the industry to enhance their education through a hands on approach.

Our students were tasked with finding the green qualities of the companies and products featured in the ASIAWATER exhibition. The eager students displayed strong communication skills as they dove into the booths absorbing information from those with hands on experience in the industry. They were also able to explore techniques and innovations on wastewater treatment and management, a subject that will be taught later on in the diploma course.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Visit Diamond Building, PutraJaya

Visit Diamond Building, PutraJaya
A diverse group of representatives from KAGC were welcomed to the Energy Commissions headquarters in PutraJaya on Tuesday morning.
Title: Visit to Diamond Building
Date: 12th July 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 9.00 a.m – 12.00 p.m
Venue: Putrajaya

The Diamond Building, located in Precint 2, has been a remarkable effort in sustainable building as its philosophical and practical values are use in order to conceptualise an iconic eco office building. Students from Green Building and Green Technology Management in KAGC were accompanied by their lecturers to bring their classrooms to the real world and experience green technology and building in their own eyes.

Lecturers and students from Greencity International College were greeted by representatives the Energy Commissions in the lobby of the Diamond Building, where the morning sunlight was peeking into through the ‘diamond dome’ skylight. The Greencity International College  representatives were taken on an observational tour of their eco building where we were shown how Green Technology is practical, beautiful and most importantly sustainable for our Planet Earth. The details in the green architecture of the Diamond Building can be seen by how much natural sunlight brightens up the building. In fact, The Diamond Building is designed to obtain 50% of its daylight needs from natural lightning. The dome skylight is amongst many natural lighting venues in the building that showcase a laminated tempered glass that can filter and diffuse the daylight to provide glare-free daylight for the office during the day. Energy efficient lighting are also used throughout the building instead of the standard fluorescent tubes.

No detail goes unnoticed in the Energy Commissions HQ in order to help Mother Nature in being an eco-friendly building. The Diamond Building uses natural resources such as rainwater which is harvested for toilet flushing. This along with the manner of plumbing used reduces the water usage by 65%. Consideration is also taken to other factors that have benefits to the environment. Everything to the interior paint, to the carpeting is used with sustainable materials with a low VOC (volatile organic compound) emission.

The precise and thoughtful building designed by NR Architect of Kuala Lumpur has won the top prize in the ASEAN Energy Awards (AEA) for its energy-efficient structure that consumes one third of the amount of energy of a standard building its size. Also earning platinum ratings in Malaysia Green Building Index and Singapore’s Green Mark program this building does not go unnoticed by the public.

The excursion to HQ has given both students and lecturers alike at Greencity International College  a refreshing glimpse at how what they are learning and pursuing can result in an eco-friendly and masterful work of architecture.