Issue # 8, Vol: 1
Category: Waste

Twenty school projects across Sharjah get shortlisted for the a Sharjah Environment Awareness Awarda




The Sharjah Environment Awareness Award (SEAA) is an ongoing competition launched by Bee’ah in 2010 through the Bee’ah School of Environment

The Bee’ah School of Environment – an initiative created by Bee’ah, along with the founding partners, Sharjah Education Zone (SEZ) and Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), have shortlisted 20 exceptional environmentally sustainable projects from participating schools for the second ‘Sharjah Environment Awareness Award’, created under the direction of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and ruler of Sharjah.

The Sharjah Environment Awareness Award (SEAA) is an ongoing competition launched by Bee’ah in 2010 through the Bee’ah School of Environment. Designed to help school teachers coach pupils on environmental responsibility using Bee’ah School of Environment programmes and activities, the Award aims to spread awareness on all aspects of the environment including preserving natural resources, reducing waste disposal, conserving water and creating a sustainable environment.

The 20 school projects have been shortlisted based on creativity, innovation and environmental sustainability of implementing the 3Rs – reduce, re-use, recycle – implemented within the schools’ activities. This year, additional criteria have been added, including adopting a green code within the school and demonstrating its commitment to positive environmental habits and values as well as forming and establishing an eco-club committee to involve students and teachers from the whole school.

The shortlisted projects received coaching and tutoring during a seminar conducted by the Bee’ah Environment Education team to facilitate the shortlisted schools to prepare their projects for the second phase and effectively involve the wider community such as institutions, schools’ neighborhood and parents to lead environmentally sustainable lifestyles, and ultimately help protect the planet Earth.
The second cycle of the awards was launched on 1st of November, 2011; and the winners will be announced at a closing ceremony in June 2012 and will receive prizes along with the prestigious award in recognition for their sustainable achievements.

American University of Sharjah and Bee’ah sign agreement for Gulf Ecosystem Research Centre
The research center will address environmental matters in the region

The first research center in the Middle East that will address environmental matters in the Middle East is set to be established under the patronage of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the American University of Sharjah (AUS). AUS and Bee’ah has been signed to establish the ‘Gulf Ecosystem Research Center.’

Present at the signing ceremony were H.E. Salim Al Owais, chairman of Bee’ah, H.E. Sultan Al Mualla, director-general of Sharjah Municipality and Khaled Al Huraimel, chief executive officer of Bee’ah along with Dr. Peter Heath, Chancellor of AUS; Dr. Thomas J. Hochstettler, provost of AUS; Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah, vice chancellor of AUS; and Salem Al Qaseer, vice chancellor for Public Affairs.

H.E. Salim Al Owais, chairman of Bee’ah commented, “The establishment of the Middle East’s first environmental research center will present yet another stepping stone in our partnership with AUS to bridge together professors, students as well as the best minds in the industry, to address the fundamental environmental issues in our region.”

Dr. Peter Heath, AUS Chancellor stated, “The center will become a focus for investigating ways to improve the environment in Sharjah and the UAE while expanding the research capacity of both AUS and Bee’ah.”
The Gulf Ecosystem Research Center will grant researchers in the Middle East and around the world the ability to propose new ideas for research topics, and will form a platform to enable them to work on data and information concerning the region and its climate, through a network of linkages with other research institutions and initiatives in order to empower knowledge sharing that could aid environmental sustainability.







Twenty school projects across Sharjah get shortlisted for the ‘Sharjah Environment Awareness Award’