Engagement with stakeholders towards Greenation@UiTM

Bengkel Kelestarian UiTM /UiTM Sustainability Workshop, was recently held at Dewan Melati, UiTM Shah Alam on 26th March 2019. It was successfully attended by 60 participants consisting of Ranking Champions and stakeholders on the vision of UiTM moving towards a Green Campus.

In October 2018, InQKA was given an assignment to look at the relevancy of UiTM to participate in Universitas Indonesia Green Metric (UIGM), a body that ranks universities worldwide on sustainability issues. Preliminary findings suggest that UiTM has many green initiatives and programs conducted by various entities and departments that could be mapped to UIGM.

However, it was noted that there is a need to have a dedicated committee to synergize and synchronize all sustainability related initiatives throughout the UiTM system in terms of policy, blue print, data centralization, data collection and data management. Hence the UiTM sustainable committee was proposed and it was accepted by the University Executive Council.

As part of the execution plan, this stakeholder engagement workshop was organised recently. This is a very crucial step to ensure that the sustainable move is well understood and hence gets the support needed. The data compiled from the stakeholders will enable UiTM to participate in the UIGM this year.

The main objectives of the workshop were to explain to the participants about:

• UiTM’s Green Initiative
• the need for UI Green Metric Ranking (UIGM)
• the various initiatives that will be taken by the committees and stakeholders in the six clusters
• the score indicators and the data required by each cluster based on UIGM’s criteria.

Prof Dr Zakiah Ahmad, who heads the UiTM Sustainability project briefed the participants on the project and the six clusters (SWWEET), explaining the need for UiTM to go for UIGM. Subsequently, representatives from each cluster further discussed the relevant indicators, and the required data which needs to be generated by stakeholders and ranking champions from all faculties.

What is SWWEET?  It constitutes the six clusters which are in tandem with the 17 SDGs.

Assoc.Professor Dr. Mohd. Fozi Ali, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development) who was appointed as the 1st advisor to the committee highlighted that the UiTM Green Initiative project will be officially launched soon and has many initiatives in place such as digital campus and green campus. With the support from all stakeholders, in terms of data input, he strongly believes that UiTM is ready to enter the UIGM ranking soon.