WHAT are the council's plans to promote a green city? How is the response and support towards the project to install energy-saving lights at the back portion of 400 houses in Petaling Jaya?
T.K. Lim, Petaling Jaya
Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman: The low-carbon green city of Petaling Jaya is guided by a framework endorsed by the council last year. Under the framework five main elements were identified and prioritised.
1. Low-carbon Petaling Jaya City Council
The council hopes to reduce the use of energy and resources by its staff. Instead of printing letters and documents, staff are encouraged to email. For the monthly fullboard meetings, councillors are provided with the minutes of meetings in digital format.
On Fridays, staff are encouraged to use their own food containers instead of getting their food packed in polystyrene containers.
To promote healthy living, the council encourages its staff to go meatless on Mondays.
2) Urban infrastructure
All new developments in the city must be fitted with energy-saving lights.
3) Low-carbon building
Housing and commercial buildings are encouraged to collect and use rainwater for non-drinking purposes. Residents could modify their homes to enable rainwater storage.
4) Urban environment
Bio-diversity is promoted in existing and new parks in the city.
5) Low-carbon transport
Free council parking is provided for city folk who use hybrid cars.
The council received a good response for the programme to install energy-saving lights at the back portion of houses. Five neighbourhoods have submitted their applications for the campaign. The council will help install 400 houses with energy-saving lights as part of the council's effort to prevent crime.
The objective is to provide brighter back alleys to reduce crime after dusk.