Green programme with STB, Curtin and others help to green environment
MIRI: Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), Curtin University Sarawak and several others took part in a tree-planting programme at the university’s campus here yesterday to mark this year’s Borneo Jazz Festival.
STB chief executive officer Datuk Rashid Khan said the programme was part of their on-going carbon footprint initiative to check the use of resources that contributed to carbon emissions.
“This greening programme does not only address carbon emissions but also addresses traffic congestion, waste management and the use of eco-friendly products,” Rashid said at the launching ceremony.
Among those present were Professor Ian Kerr the Pro vice-chancellor and chief executive of Curtin Sarawak, Miri Resident Antonio Kathi Galis, Miri District Officer Boniface Intang Apat, police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong, sponsors of the Borneo Jazz Festival, other officials from STB and Curtin as well as officials and students of Tenby International School.
Rashid said that STB would continue to work closely with Curtin Sarawak including getting their students to volunteer for the jazz festival, besides expanding the industry internship programme.
Kerr, who also spoke earlier, said the continued cooperation with STB including the tree-planting programme which entered its third year this year augured well for the preservation of the environment.
“This morning, we will be planting 200 saplings that will become living symbols of peace and hope, international friendship, universal love of music and green ideals that the Borneo Jazz Festival brings each year.
“The trees will benefit not only Curtin Sarawak but also the whole of Miri – contributing to the sustainability of our ecosystems and the reduction of the city’s carbon footprint for many decades to come,” he said.
He thanked Miri Municipal Council for providing the 200 saplings, and all those involved in the programme.