EAD holds inaugural Annual Sustainable Campus Conference

ABU DHABI, 9th February, 2015 (WAM) — As part of its Sustainable Campus Initiative, SCI, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, held today the first-ever Annual Sustainable Campus Conference, “The Need for Mainstreaming Sustainability into Universities and Colleges”, aimed at supporting mentors in universities to empower the next generation of green leaders.

Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Polymers Company, Borouge, the conference brought together experts including lecturers and professors from various colleges and campuses across the country. International experts introduced best practices from around the world including Arjen Wals, Europe, Akpezi Ogbuigwe, Africa, Peter Blaze Corcoran, USA, Hongwei Tan, Asia, and Bob Jickling, Canada.

Panel discussions were held on the conference theme, ‘The Need for Mainstreaming Sustainability into Universities and Colleges’ and on the ‘Current Status and Challenges in the UAE for Promoting Sustainability within our Universities and Colleges’.

Ahmad Baharoon, Executive Director, Environmental Information, Science and Outreach Management, EAD, who also spoke at the event, commented, “The conference proved to be a melting pot for knowledge exchange. Through SCI, the education sector will be able to better support our efforts in shaping sustainable communities across the country. This is a milestone among the many programmes that we are driving, raising public awareness about our natural heritage across land, air and sea.” “Holding the very first Annual Sustainable Campus Conference, we are aiming to build a young generation equipped with the ‘green’ awareness and skills to become future sustainability leaders,” Baharoon added.

“Based on its commitment to social responsibility and sustainability in the plastics industry, Borouge is pleased to actively support the mentors of the Sustainability Campus Initiative,” said Abdulaziz Alhajri, CEO of Borouge. “The mentors play an important role in enabling the students of the programme to understand and embed sustainability practices at their universities and also providing them with valuable knowledge that will enhance their future contribution to community and society.” EAD launched SCI’s pilot phase with the participation of 100 students from four universities in Abu Dhabi, including Zayed University, Higher Colleges of Technology- Women’s College in Khalifa City, Higher Colleges of Technology – Men’s College in Madinat Zayed and Higher Colleges of Technology – Women’s College in Ruwais. During an official launch of the initiative, five additional universities registered and pledged their continuous commitment to SCI, including the American University of Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates University, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, the Petroleum Institute, and New York University Abu Dhabi.