|Coordinating Organisations||Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Johor State Education Department (JPNJ), Malaysia|
|Organisers/Type of Organisation||UTM – University, IRDA – local government, JPNJ – state government|
|Initiative Type||Teacher training, environmental literacy, science literacy, competition|
|Field of Science Involved||Climate change, Low Carbon Society (LCS)|
|Target Audience(s)||Primary schools (teachers and pupils), parents, public community|
|Reach||Regional (Johor state)|
Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) is a student learning activity focussed on Low Carbon Society (LCS), conducted as formal or informal education in and around the school setting. It can also be performed as a supplementary learning activity or inter-school competition. IMELC started in 2013 by engaging 23 primary schools and by the end of 2017, its 5th year of existence, had reached a total of 346, involving over 34,000 Year 6 (12 year-old) students in Johor.
IMELC is divided into three phases:
From the research conducted by UTM, the student surveys showed a consistent increase in the LCS practices for three consecutive years, with a positive trend each year (7.4% in 2013; 8.2% in 2014; 12.4% in 2015) This confirms that the Ecolife Challenge has, over time, improved students’ awareness and practice in LCS. The teachers have also benefitted from an improvement in their knowledge, awareness and practice on LCS, as measured before and after the training.
For IMELC 2016, 83 schools submitted their electricity bills, 94 schools submitted their water bills and 77 schools submitted the recycling receipts for the school project competition. The total carbon reduction by the participating schools in IMELC 2016 was 290,219.3 Kg of CO2. If the pattern is replicated in all the 231 schools, in one year, 5,132,693.49 Kg of CO2 can be reduced.
A total of RM (Malaysian ringgit) 42,386.31 ($10,100) worth of electricity was saved and earned by the participating schools during IMELC 2016. If the pattern is replicated in all the 231 schools, in one year, RM (Malaysian ringgit) 1,006,362.90 ($239,800) can be collected and gained. Each school can therefore save and earn an average of RM (Malaysian ringgit) 4,356.55 ($1,038) in one year through the IMELC programme.
Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge was awarded as a flagship project for Climate Change by United Nations University - Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-AS).
Various funding resources have been used between 2013 until 2017:
|Principal contact||Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatin Aliah Phang
Principal Researcher: Aline Rosset, University of Central Asia
|Address||Centre for Engineering Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia|
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