Universities as knowledge leaders play an important role in implementing sustainable development education among university residents and the community in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030.

In the development of the green campus, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) has 27.5 per cent of the campus area that has been gazetted as a green area.

The green campus initiatives involve tree planting zones, forest zones and open areas to be planted with natural plants.

The tree planting zones have several divided zones which are the Bioaromatic Arboretum (8 acres), grove zone (2.3 acres), rare plant zone (5.3 acres), Laman Cendekia (1 acre), Recreational Lake (39 acres) and Wetland (30.4 acres).

One of the unique components of UMP is the existence of jungle plants on campus. It involves reforestation project areas in collaboration with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). UMP-FRIM (Phase 1) spans 6 acres and the UMP-FRIM reforestation project area (Phase 2) which is named Rimba Lestari spans 5.6 acres. The collaboration with the Pahang State Forestry Department involves a forest zone in Rimba UMP spanning 5.3 acres
A total of 1,802 plants from 24 types of forest trees and wooded tropical plants can be found at Rimba Lestari such as tongkat ali, red meranti, chengal, bruas, Indian-almond, jelutong, shrubby simpoh, dark red meranti, false elder, and cannonball tree.

UMP is also planning to create a jungle library that can be used as an attraction for students, especially among international students to study at this university, especially in Pahang which has many tourist attractions.

In order to ensure that this sustainability agenda can be achieved, the university must also be an example in applying sustainable culture on campus.