Students from ALHOSN University recently attended the Sustainability Summer School that took place at the British University in Dubai (BUiD) from 24 – 28 June, 2012. Held under the theme Towards a Low Carbon Foot Print, the intensive one-week course featured various activities including lectures, debates, scientific movie screenings, field trips, games, and competitions. ALHOSN student participants were: Abdullah Mohamed, Ahmed Al-Ghazali, Ahmed Mousa, Btol Zuhair, Ebraheim Khalid, Muna Abdul Rahman, and Samiha Afreen.
Delegates also toured environment-friendly facilities in other cities in the UAE. Students visited the Gulf Rubber Factory in Al Ain, a facility specialized in tire recycling. Plant Manager Mr. Zaid M. Bdour revealed that they collect around a million tires a year. The group also stopped by Al-Ain’s Waste Sorting Station and Compost and Recycling Plant. In addition, trips were made to Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s zero carbon city, and Pacific Controls, the first LEED Platinum-rated green building in the Middle East.
“Sustainability is one of the greatest challenges faced by mankind. Our students had a unique opportunity to see how the UAE is preserving its natural resources for other generations to enjoy. ALHOSN believes that social and environmental responsibility should be inculcated into the youth at a young age so that we can grow future leaders who take the welfare of the planet to heart,” said Dr. Mohamad Kashef, Chair of Architectural Engineering Department at ALHOSN University.
Part of the summer school was devoted to competitions, with winners announced on the final day. The closing ceremony was held in the presence of H.E. Dr. Mariam Al Shenasi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Water.