LOCAL HERO: The First School in the UAE to Achieve Renewable Energy

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Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangledish Islamiya Private School in Abu Dhabi, is the first educational institution in the UAE to follow the path of sustainability by installing solar panels and by meeting energy needs.
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The prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize was awarded to the school. The award was given by MASDAR with an additional prize of $100,000 [367,000 AED].
1. All lights and fans in the school are now powered by 48 solar panels.
 
2. 700 tube lights and bulbs were replaced by LED lights.
 
3. 3 bins have been placed in every classroom to encourage students and others to recycle
4. Plastic bottles are not allowed on campus
The solar panels are installed by Mulk Renewable Energy.  They can produce 60KwH daily and can meet 30% of the schools needs. Mr. Anisul Hasan, principle of the school, stated that this is just the first phase.
Dr. Anita Saul and Rekha Tushar are teachers in charge of transforming the school in to a green zone. A futuristic mission has been initiated where the school plans to install solar batteries for the storage of solar energy. They also intend on installing Arabian style wind towers for passive cooling.
Principal Hasan concluded saying, “We want to encourage our children to protect and preserve our environment. It is a culture they should imbibe and spread to the rest of the world as envisioned by our visionary leader Shaikh Zayed.”
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Being the first institution in the UAE to follow-up their mission by going green with sustainable energy, creates a clear path behind them for other educational institution to follow with majority of the students wanting to take up sustainability and energy as their future course of study.

REFERENCE:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/environment/abu-dhabis-us-100-000-green-school-is-a-ray-of-sunshine

For more tips on how to Go Green click the following links

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/green-living?gclid=CPbWkobu_LgCFeXMtAodLTcAPQ

http://www.worldwatch.org/resources/go_green_save_green

http://simplemom.net/tips-to-go-green-at-home/

http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/807479/52-cheap-ways-to-go-green

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2 Public beaches in Dubai are awarded Blue Flags

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Blue Flag awarded to Al Mamzar Beach Park & Jumeirah Open Beach

Blue Flag awarded to Al Mamzar Beach Park & Jumeirah Open Beach

“By raising this flag, this means our beaches are complying with all international requirements from cleanliness, to safety, to the quality of water”said Hussain Lootah, Engineer and Director General of Dubai Municipality. He proudly led the ceremony on the 6th of July as Al Mamzar Beach Park and Jumeirah Open Beach both became the 1st and 2nd public beaches in the UAE to be certified as blue flagged beaches. They are 4th and 5th in the country as 3 private beaches have been accredited.

 

The Blue Flag, awarded by the Foundation Environmental Education, is a voluntary eco-label award

The Blue Flag, awarded by the Foundation Environmental Education [FEE], is a voluntary eco-label award

The Foundation for Environmental Education [FEE] awards blue flags to beaches and marinas around the world once they have met the 32 strict quality criteria deal including services such as Water Quality, safety and environmental services. It is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3,850 beaches and marinas in over 48 countries around the world.

As the beaches get bigger and more popular with tourists, the more difficult it is to achieve and maintain the 32 strict criteria deal. The Dubai Municipality is proud to have its public beaches meet with international standards with hopes of not only attaining its award, but to keep the public safe from an unhealthy environment.`

 

References:

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 Al Mamzar beach park and Jumeirah Open Beach get blue flag

 

For more information:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2013/July/nationgeneral_July111.xml&section=nationgeneral

http://www.zawya.com/story/Al_Mamzar_Beach_Park_and_Jumeirah_Open_Beach_get_Blue_Flag-GN_06072013_070725/

http://www.ahlanlive.com/swim-safe-at-dubai-s-beaches–275072.html