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Envision My Valley City - How to achieve a sustainable development at Sunway Valley City, Paya Terubong

A new project named Sunway Valley City will be launched in Paya Terubong Penang by Sunway Property. As a responsible company, Sunway Property will be echoing United Nations (UN)  Sustainable Goals in developing the community in Sunway Valley City, balancing three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental to make Sunway Valley City a sustainable city. It ain't an easy task, as Penang is scarce of various resources such as land and space, coupled with major concern on environmental issues are being emphasized. Nevertheless, hard task does not equal to impossible. You can now take part by contributing your idea to Sunway Velocity project - Envision My Valley City to bring improvement to the community, surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals promoted by UN.

Go to https://myvalleycity.sunwaypenang.com.my/ to submit your ideas for your vision of Valley city to win prizes totalling to RM 10k! At the meantime, check out our idea here too! 

Source: United Nations

What are UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Quoted from United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. There are 17 Goals highlighted by UN, namely:

1. No Poverty
2. Zero Hunger
3. Good Health and Well-Being
4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
6. Clean Water and Sanitation
7. Affordable and Clean Energy
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructre
10. Reduced Inequalities
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
12. Responsible Consumption and Production
13. Climate Action
14. Life Below Water
15. Life on Land
16. People, Justice and Strong Institutions
17. Partnership for the Goals

The goals are interconnected, and often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another. In Sunway Valley City, emphasis are on - Good Health and Well-Being (#3), Quality Education (#4), Gender Equality (#5) and Decent Work and Economic Growth (#8) 

Envision My Valley Campaign

Sunway Property is launching a campaign - Envision My Valley Campaign for public to subit ideas on how to bring improvements on these 4 goals promoted by UN. 
We are launching “Envision My Valley City”​ campaign.

● Form of submissions:
○ Illustrations/painting/art + essay
○ Photography + essay
○ Essay + any references such as website, video, images, etc. but with proper source crediting
proper source crediting
● Open to 2 categories: students (below 18) and public
● Monthly prizes will be given away to: most voted idea, most promising idea
(judges selection)

Good Health and Well-Being

These are our some ideas on developing Sunway Valley City along one of the UN Sustainable Development Goal - Good Health and Well-Being.

Comprehensive City Transportation System - Bicycle that encourages healthy lifestyle

Penang First Women Only Capsule Hotel - Sogor Girls Dormitory @ Jalan Burmah, Penang

Envision My Valley City - How to achieve a sustainable development at Sunway Valley City, Paya Terubong

Concurring with Penang's bicycle path master plan that encourages cycling be the mode of transport, Sunway Valley City can echo the state's government idea and build proper bicycle path that links the community within the city. Link Bike can be placed across strategic locations in the city, and special allowances such as complimentary 1 hour usage every day can be given to citizens of Sunway Valley City to encourage the bicycle usage.

Indirectly, this is encouraging a healthy lifestyle by promoting exercising, and also helps to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and hence, pollution is reduced too. 

Designated Smoking Area - No Smoking in Public

Envision My Valley City - How to achieve a sustainable development at Sunway Valley City, Paya Terubong

It is a daunting task to debate whether smokers have rights to smoke in the public or not. At the same time, non-smokers reserve the right not to be "third hand smokers" too for own good health and well-being. Therefore, a proper designated enclosed smoking area can be setup across Sunway Valley City to allows smokers smoke with an ease of mind without being thrown a pair of prejudice eyes, while non-smokers are free from being third hand smokers. A win-win situation for all.

On top of that, the community clinics can be setup with the facility of tobacco cessation clinics to encourage people to cease from smoking. Such initiative also concur with the initiative of Ministry of Health Malaysia to reduce smokers through various programs, such as Kempen Tak Nak Merokok and KOTAK (Kesihatan Oral Tanpa Asal Rokok).

Quality and Accessible healthcare

Source: United Nations

The World Health Organization Constitution (1946) envisages "the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being". As such, various measures can be implemented by Sunway Valley City to ensure the citizens here have good accessible to quality healthcare, including primary healthcare, community, paediatrics, geriatrics and dental clinics.

In line with current lifestyle that comes with stress, mental healthcare is a necessity and not a luxury anymore. Psychologists can be stationed in the clinics to help identify those needs helps in their life, and provide necessary treatment for them.

Of course, accessible healthcare does not limit to physically but also financially. As such, the community of Sunway Valley City may engage certain healthcare groups to serve as their panels, giving the residents an advantage in terms of financial to access the healthcare systems provided by these groups.

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