RCE Central Semenanjung Hosts Sustainability Webinar Series

As the world adapts to the new normal, which affects all three pillars of sustainable development, RCE Central Semenanjung through one of its core centres - Universiti Malaya Sustainability & Living Labs Secretariat (UMSLLS) have created a platform, the 'UMSLLS Sustainability Webinar Series' for discussions on related issues.

This webinar series aims to promote sustainability education and awareness while providing free access for the audience (internal and external) to engage with UM Living Lab researchers directly in sharing their sustainability success stories based on eight Core Areas of the UM Eco-Campus Blueprint (UMECB) and SDGs. RCE Central Semenanjung welcomes all RCE members to view the webinar series as follows:

UMSLLS Sustainability Webinar Series 1: "Universities & Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Paving the Way for Innovations Post COVID-19"

Universities historically exist as institutions for the creation and spreading of knowledge. It then evolves concurrently preparing young people for jobs requiring high-level skill-sets but across a range of functions, pointing to the demand of interconnecting the cross-disciplinary and deep learning. In response to the recent developments and risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, in addition the focus is on keeping ourselves safe while facing and adapting to the new normal in many aspects of our lives, even in the educational sector. In this webinar, the role of universities enduring the pandemic without defragmenting their developed function, by keeping momentum but in a new paradigm of a sustainable world is explained. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

UMSLLS Sustainability Webinar Series 2: "University as a SDG Living Lab for Water Management: The Experience of UM Water Warriors"

Universities are playing a significant role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As already covered in the first series of the UMSLLS webinar, Universiti Malaya has been experimenting with the "campus as a living lab" approach as an integrated strategy in contributing to this effort. This second webinar will share an in-depth experience of "UM Water Warriors" as one of UM's pioneer living labs. Founded as a grassroots movement by two fresh graduates: Affan and Asiah (with support by UM academics from various backgrounds) in 2013, it has now grown into a full-fledged living lab focusing on integrated water management on campus. In the past two years, UM has achieved a 100% score under the "water management initiatives" category for the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (UIGM) - in which Water Warriors has played a key role. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

UMSLLS Sustainability Webinar Series 3: "The Rimba Project: Biodiversity Conservation by Reconciling Cities & Nature"

Surrounded by winding highways and dense development stands University of Malaya (UM) — a relatively green campus with clusters of buildings spread throughout the undulating campus landscape. Within the campus grounds lies a national heritage site known as the Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden — a 60 hectares tropical botanical garden, where The Rimba Project is based. Founded in 2014, The Rimba Project is a campus sustainability effort focusing on campus greening and biodiversity conservation. Watch a recording of the webinar here