The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Borouge will be targeting university students in Abu Dhabi from 19 to 25 years old with the launch of a new programme called Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI). The new environmental education programme was jointly launched on 5 February 2013 upon signing a MoU between the two organisations.
The SCI aims to educate university students on the most pressing environmental issues such as water conservation and energy and empower them to act towards addressing them. The initiative is designed to build and strengthen leadership capacity amongst the youth of Abu Dhabi who are key players in advocating, working towards, and shaping sustainable communities. Borouge has confirmed its financial support for the Sustainable Campuses Initiative for the next four years.
“The Sustainable Campus Initiative is in line with Borouge’s continuous commitment to sustainability and social responsibility and focuses on increasing awareness about the importance of preserving the environment in which we work and live,” says Abdulaziz Alhajri CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge). “As a leading industry partner in the Abu Dhabi community, Borouge supports health, safety, environment and education related activities that improve the wellbeing of the communities in which it operates and highlights the role that our innovative plastics solutions play towards addressing major global challenges such as climate change, food protection, water, energy and healthcare.”
“We are already actively engaging with schools in Abu Dhabi raising the consciousness towards the environment and now with this venture with the Environment Agency we extend our efforts to the universities, not only to increase their active involvement in environmental issues but also to enhance their knowledge of the petrochemical and plastics industry in Abu Dhabi.”
“Environmental awareness is an essential element of engaging and challenging our youth in the long term,” says H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD. “Through the Sustainable Campus Initiative, we aim to reach university students who can act as powerful leaders of positive environmental change in society, and who can empower those around them to find creative ways to reduce the ecological footprint of the campus. By arming students with the right resources, tools and knowledge, we can show them that by acting now, we can together work towards a more sustainable future for this nation.”
“Investing in the creation of an environmentally-conscious generation of young professionals is a holistic effort, and partnerships like the one we have with Borouge are helping us to do just that.”
Through the SCI, the participating universities and colleges will be required to establish environmental clubs (also known as eco-clubs). The eco-clubs will be responsible for conducting green audits and providing the students with the opportunity to promote sustainability in their community, present their local efforts in regional and international forums and actively volunteer to get hands-on experience in preserving the environment. To facilitate dialogue between these youths and their counterparts around the world, EAD is going to establish an online portal that will serve as a forum for networking and knowledge exchange.
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak and Abdulaziz Alhajri signing the sponsorshop agreement
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak presenting a Ghaf tree to Abdulaziz Alhajri after the signing ceremony.
Group photo after the signing of the sponsorship agreement between EAD and Borouge