Malaysia has adopted, like the rest of countries around the globe, sustainable development as its development framework since Rio 1992. An important step towards achieving sustainability from the time the concept was offered to the global community is how to make the people understand the concept and then participate to realize sustainability in their everyday life so that the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental consideration is in the country’s development paradigm. For over a decade we at the Institute for Environment and Development collaborated with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Education for the Sustainable School Environment Award Program, and with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources for the Sustainable city Award Program. The method used to get the people participate involves three levels of collaborative work. The first level is for the Ministries concerned to inform their relevant agencies. Meanwhile guidelines were prepared, outlining the main dimensions and indicators for school sustainability and another for the city sustainability. As the main objective of both Programs is to reward the best three schools at the primary and secondary level, and the best among the 152 local governments in ‘executing activities’ within their domains for sustainability. The award is open to the about 10000 primary and secondary schools in the country and likewise to the 152 local governments. Both the schools and the local governments have to submit a school brief or a local government brief which are examined and given marks along the dimensions of sustainability. To save cost, about 10 schools and 10 local governments with the highest scores are then visited for ‘ground truthing’ by a team of independent assessors. The marks from both assessed document and the field visit were tabulated, audited by the technical committee and later approved by the steering committee. Awards are for the first to the third primary and secondary schools, and the local governments. Besides a number of special awards are given to the other participants in recognition of the school or local the government outstanding achievement in any of the dimensions. The results showed that schools achieving first to third place and the local government too, and all participants among others the following; i.They have tracked the concept of sustainable development, then embed the concept through the various activities done by the school community, from the Head masters to the pupils and labourers, visualized through the activities along the line of sustainable indicators and dimensions set out earlier Likewise the local governments have taken measures to up=keep their areas of jurisdiction. Ii. Sustainable practices spread out to the surrounding communities for the school, and to the urban people in the case of the sustainable city. In the two subsequent repeat of the programs, more schools and cities participated. The quality of activities for sustainable development also improved.