Minister launches ‘Green Expo’ at NEC
| Danial Norjidi |
THE 7th National Environment Conference (NEC) yesterday put the spotlight on not only environ-mental discussions but also a special exhibition and two competitions.
The exhibition called “Green Expo” was launched by the Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Suyoi bin Hj Osman, shortly after the con-ference’s first session.
The expo has been a consistent part of the NEC, and this year’s edition showcased the va-rious green initiatives undertaken by corporate leaders, schools and industry players in both the public and private sectors.
In addition to launching the exhibition, the minister also presented prizes to the winners of the Trash to Treasure Campaign, a competition in which participants had to collect as much waste for recycling as possible.
The top three recyclers in the competition’s two categories received prizes in the form of some eco-products.
For the household category, Sarvagya Mani Pradhan won first place for collecting 288kg of recyclable materials, followed by Chin Fah Fatt in second place with 281kg and Ho Shui Moi in third with 277kg.
Meanwhile, for the business category, the Bri-tish High Commission in Brunei Darussalam came in first place for recycling 1,538kg of waste, while the Permai Green Club came in second with 162kg and the Filinvest Real Estate Agency was third with 59kg.
The Trash to Treasure Campaign was held to encourage recycling in Brunei and to raise funds for green projects and environmental NGOs, such as the Beach Bunch, Society for Community and Outreach Training (SCOT) and Green Brunei.
The afternoon session of the conference yes-terday also had Datin Paduka Hjh Adina binti Othman, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, as the special guest who presented prizes to the winners of the annual Go Green Youth Awards “Switch 4 Tomorrow” Challenge, a competition for which students created video advertisements to promote energy conservation and energy-efficient practices. The entries were divided into three categories and judged based on their creativity, accuracy of solutions, clarity of message and number of ‘likes’ on YouTube.
For the secondary schools category, two teams from St Andrews’ School’s – The Park Crew and The DCs – came in first and third places respec-tively, while The Litte Einsteins from the Raja Isteri Girls High School (STPRI) came in second.
The pre-university category, meanwhile, was won overall by the Jerudong International School (JIS), followed by PTE Meragang in second place.
The higher learning institutions category was won by the Laksamana College of Business (LCB) in first place, followed by the Kemuda Institute in second and the Sultan Bolkiah Vocational School (SBVS) in third.