The 2017 Toyota Eco Youth Convention and Exhibition (TEY) has concluded, with 12 schools from across the country having presented their projects on conserving the environment. This is the 17th iteration of the program organized by UMW Toyota Motor. This year’s theme is ‘’Reducing Carbon Footprint”, and the program involved 72 students and 24 teachers.
Mr. Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor said, “Toyota Motor Corporation established a global initiative – the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, which identified 6 key environmental issues to be tackled in the next 3 decades such as CO2 reduction (in new vehicle, life cycle and plant), water usage optimization and establishing societies that practice recycling as well as establishing future society that are in harmony with nature.”
“In Malaysia, Toyota has applied environmental best practices in our daily business operations to lessen the impact towards the environment. Toyota has installed solar panels at our assembly plant to reduce electricity consumption. We also introduced new methods in waste water management and encourage planting more trees surrounding its compound as well as participate in tree planting activities with communities,” he added.
Mr. Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor said, “Educating youth on environment is one of the major corporate social responsibility effort embraced by UMW Toyota Motor. We see students who participated in Toyota Eco Youth program as an ambassador for sustainable environment through conservation activities. The future belongs to them and they will inherit and pass on this fragile earth to the next generation.”
Mr. Ravindran also pointed out that students who participated in the program acquired useful skills through the Toyota’s problem solving methodology. Apart from resolving environmental issues, this program also helps improve communication skills and build self-confidence and teamwork. He also thanked all the participating schools, teachers, principals and the Ministry of Education for their support.
Also present at the ceremony was YB Dato’ P. Kamalanathan, Deputy Minister 1, Ministry of Education, who described the Toyota Eco Youth as a well-developed eco programme. “Apart from educating the students about the importance of environment conservation, the programme also helps in building team spirit, learning how to network, negotiate and in practising problem-solving skills,” he noted.
At the closing ceremony and exhibition, projects from the 12 participating schools were displayed and judged.
Participating schools for 2017 TEY were:
1. SMK BANDAR PUTRA, SEGAMAT, JOHOR
2. SMK DATO’ SYED AHMAD, KUALA NERANG, KEDAH
3. SMK TOK JANGGUT, PASIR PUTEH, KELANTAN
4. SMK BUKIT BARU, BUKIT BERUANG, MELAKA
5. SMK DATUK HJ. ABDUL SAMAD, PORT DICKSON, NEGERI SEMBILAN
6. SMK ROMPIN PERMAI, KUALA ROMPIN, PAHANG
7. SMK RAJA PEREMPUAN, IPOH, PERAK
8. SMK PERMATANG TOK LABU, SEBERANG PERAI, PULAU PINANG
9. SMK PINGGAN-PINGGAN, PITAS, SABAH
10. SMK LOPENG TENGAH, MIRI, SARAWAK
11. SMK TELOK PANGLIMA GARANG, KUALA LANGAT, SELANGOR
12. SMK BALAI BESAR, DUNGUN, TERENGGANU
Winning school projects were selected based on project effectiveness in preserving the environment and reducing carbon footprint, effective presentation and creative exhibition of the projects. Teachers who guided the students were also honored at the closing ceremony. The most supportive teachers were selected based on their timely advice and effective guidance.
The champion school took home RM 10,000 of prize money while the 2nd and 3rd place winners took RM 7,000 and RM 5,000 respectively. Additionally, the winners for best presentation, best exhibition and best blog site also received RM 1,000 each. A token of RM 500 was also given out to each of the most supportive teachers during the program. Autoworld.com.my congratulates all the participants for their efforts.