MORE than 300 students and Intel Malaysia employees gathered at Tropical Spice Garden, here, to highlight the importance of environmental sustainability on Earth Day, recently.
GEORGE TOWN: Amid the lush greenery, the group took part in an eco-walkathon, a treasure hunt and other fun educational activities.
Awards worth over RM13,000 and 25 laptops were given out to schools for participation in the Intel Solid Waste Recycling Programme.
The programme, in its 10th consecutive year, is to encourage teachers and students to apply the 5Rs -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Refuse.
Last year's campaign resulted in the collection of more than 42 tonnes of recyclable solid waste from 12 schools.
The Intel Solid Waste Recycling Programme has, in total, collected, over 500 tonnes of recyclable solid waste and reached out to more than 170,000 students and teachers in schools in Penang and Kedah.
Intel Malaysia corporate services director Lee Koh Wing said environmental sustainability was the core company culture.
"We work hard to reduce our carbon footprint in all areas -- in the manufacturing process, in operations, in the use of resources and in the amount of waste we generate," he said.
In 2009, Intel received the Prime Minister's CSR Award in the Environment category for its green initiatives including its planting of over 17,000 mangrove trees in the coastal areas of Penang and its series of bio-diversity protection programmes.