Our EcoReps are enthusiastic students with a desire to promote sustainable change on campus. EcoReps educate their student peers on issues such as waste reduction, energy conservation, diversity and tolerance. Through guest speakers, events and outings, EcoReps deepen their own understanding of their sustainable campus and become better advocates for environmental action.
Amal Haneef, English Language and Literature
I chose to be an EcoRep because of my passion for sustainability. My goal is to make sustainability relatable and approachable for students, encouraging small changes in daily life. By focusing on micro and campus sustainability initiatives, I aim to show that even small changes in our daily lives, such as reducing single-use plastic or supporting local and sustainable food options, can have a significant positive impact on our environment. I hope to empower individuals to see the connection between their actions and the health of our planet. I believe that if we can instill a sense of responsibility and passion for sustainability through interaction, we can collectively contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious campus. It may not happen all at once, but through our collective small contributions, we can make a meaningful difference in the long run.
Jawwad Sheikh, Mechanical Engineering
As an EcoRep, my deliberate choice to assume this role stems from a profound passion for catalyzing change within our esteemed AUS community. My foremost objective is to orchestrate enduring transformations that will resonate far and wide. To me, sustainability transcends mere linguistic trends; it embodies a dynamic philosophy that emboldens my proactive engagement in shaping our world. Rather than waiting for others to take the lead, I see our team as the architect of this transformation, armed with a unique arsenal of abilities to ignite a potent wave of positive change. I invite you to accompany me on this exhilarating odyssey toward a greener and more sustainable future. Together, we shall craft an extraordinary chapter in the tapestry of sustainability.
Sameera Khan, Environmental Sciences
As an environmental sciences student, my interest in sustainability should come as no surprise. At AUS, I have had the opportunity and privilege to learn from not only the faculty, but the staff, my friends and other students. As an EcoRep, I hope to pass on the knowledge I learn to others, and be a medium for students, staff and faculty who would like to make a difference in this world. It is my honor to hold a position of such prestige. I hope to use this position as a chance to help save our planet and make a positive change in the lives of many.
Aamuktha Samrajyam , Chemical Engineering
The EcoRep position will enable me to inculcate the concept of environmental stewardship in our AUS community. Actuating a green transition within our daily bustle is a challenge that I want to overcome together. To stimulate sustainable thinking, it is essential that we first experience an ecologically sound lifestyle—a lifestyle that demands knowledge and motivation. These are the two key ingredients that I would like to intensify in the recipe for shaping sustainable mindsets on our campus. We all have an EcoRep within us, an EcoRep for our planet. My primary priorities will include making our environment one of your primary priorities, too!
“Sustainability is not just a concept but a mindset. As your EcoRep, I want to focus on the collective differences we as a community can make. I hope to work on initiatives that instill mindful decision making, careful consideration for others and analyze the long-term impact of our actions. As the Dalai Lama said, “You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change.” So even though sustainability has become the talk of the town, and everyone is stressing the importance of climate action, we must realize that government and policy makers have their own timeline. We shouldn’t be dependent on them and should do our part as individuals. So, during my time working with AUS Sustainability I hope to expand the circumference of change and create lasting ripples.”
“I’m a fourth-year student majoring in architecture. I’m honored to be your EcoRep this year. Being an architecture student, thinking and acting sustainably is second nature to me. I hope to inspire and be inspired by our commitment to make this world a safer, healthier and better place. I hope to encourage our AUS community including—students, professors and staff—to understand how sustainability can be applied everywhere. Every major can be related to sustainability, and it’s crucial that we continue facilitating these conversations and actions within our AUS community and beyond. It is also essential that we lean on each other and integrate different working bodies to achieve our climate goals. I believe every step counts and it all starts with the mindset. A sustainable mindset that we cultivate today will enable progress for a better future.”
Muhammad Junaid | Computer Science and Economics
"Giving back to the community has been one of the most important purposes of my life, and by becoming a part of AUS Sustainability I will be able to do so. Being an EcoRep will allow me to inspire others to embark on a journey along with me, where everyone cares for the environment, and where we will create a campus community that is sustainable and responsible. I hope my efforts as an EcoRep can contribute to making sustainability a priority among students and faculty at AUS."
"As your EcoRep, I aspire to influence the AUS community to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and educate and promote sustainable change on campus.
Moreover, I would like to incorporate what we learn into our personal life and in turn be a more socially responsible community."
"Through my journey as an EcoRep I hope to nurture my ambitions of making the society a better place. With a passion for people, creativity and the environment, I strive to work while getting inspired by those around me, with a motivation to benefit others, be approachable and informed, and to advocate insights people resonate with."
Vini Rupchandani, | Physics and Psychology
"As an EcoRep, my main aim is to empower and encourage students at AUS to come together and work towards changes in our community and personal lives that make them more sustainable. In the past year I have experienced and seen the power of the youth in changing the world, and I want to tap into that potential while keeping the goal of sustainability in mind!"
"Sustainability is one thing that we all feel some kind of responsibility towards. Whatever your major or career, sustainability has its place in everything we do. It’s how we give back to our future selves and to our planet. No matter how small your influence, it still counts. I had no real background in sustainability before becoming an EcoRep, just a strong sense of responsibility towards this cause. My goals as an EcoRep are to communicate the importance and joy of practicing sustainable behavior to my peers and to show how impactful small habits can be."
"No matter what field you decide to major in, Sustainability will have a place in it. There is always room to reduce our waste, save energy, and change our habits. Through my involvement with the AUS Community Service Farm I could better understand my role in protecting the environment and our responsibility for life on earth. My goal as an EcoRep is to make our students and faculty understand that AUS can be a leader in promoting a sustainable culture in the UAE and beyond. It starts with all of us and simple acts can go a long way!"
"Like many others, I have acquired a strong passion for addressing our global environmental issues and promoting sustainable development for current and future generations. As an EcoRep, I seek to unite students who share an interest in sustainability and bring my ideas to life on campus. Choosing to study environmental sciences at AUS is only the beginning. I am ready to act upon the knowledge I will gain and translate it into action."
"Most of us at one point have told ourselves that our individual actions are far too insignificant to be causing worldwide climate change, large-scale pollution and a host of other major environmental issues. We may have also been convinced that living sustainably is a privilege, afforded only by a chosen few. I plan to use my platform and influence as an EcoRep to lead the AUS community and change this mindset one by one. I believe that pursuing a sustainable lifestyle, although requiring effort at times, is extremely accessible and rewarding. I want to encourage the thought that every little action intended for a better, healthier and sustained planet matters."
Samya Ainaouy | Environmental Science
“Hi, I’m Samya, a senior at AUS majoring in environmental sciences. I have always been passionate about the environment as its well-being relates to our own well-being. It’s fascinating how everything around us is interconnected and how a slight change can cause a significant impact. This made me want to learn more about the environment and become involved in anything that has the potential to make an impactful change. As a student at a university as big as AUS, a lot can be done to make it more sustainable. Being an EcoRep allows me to work on projects and spread awareness about the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle and encourage our community to contribute to the well-being of our planet.”
Jawaher Al Humaidan | Mass Communication
“Hi, I’m Jawaher. My role here at the EcoRep program is to handle the social media platforms for the Sustainability office. My aim as an EcoRep and a student at AUS is for sustainability to become a priority among the students and the faculty on our campus. As a communications student, I have learned the importance of sustainability in all aspects, but more importantly the need to effectively communicate this message to others.”
Abdul Rahman | Finance
“Hi, I’m Abdul Rahman. It's my second semester at AUS Sustainability. I applied to be an EcoRep as I wanted to be at the face of incorporating sustainable initiatives on campus. Over the past semester, I have had the opportunity to work with my peers in launching initiatives with the main goal of promoting sustainability at AUS. The concept of sustainability is more relevant than ever today, especially in a world where our impact on the environment is increasing at a supernormal pace.”
“Hi, I’m Ahmad. To me, sustainability is one of the most important aspects of life. What inspires me the most is how broad its applications can be and how it promotes the use of natural resources rather than reliance on artificial ones. As a sophomore studying engineering, I try to apply this concept of sustainability in different fields, whether it be during my cricket practices or even within my courses. Being an EcoRep has given me the chance to not only be more involved in spreading sustainability all around campus, but also to learn and be more creative. I look forward to working with the students and faculty to make AUS a more sustainable campus, one step at a time.”
"People usually believe that changing your behavior won’t make a difference. This can be frustrating at times, but it also motivates me to help people understand how their actions impact the environment. As part of Masdar’s Future Sustainability Leaders program I could gain greater knowledge about how to promote sustainable living in the UAE. My goal as an EcoRep is to spread awareness on the importance of sustainable living to the entire campus community."
“My aim as a student at AUS has always been to raise awareness about sustainability and sustainable behavior. I hope my efforts as an EcoRep can contribute to making sustainability a priority among students and faculty on campus. As an engineering student, I understand the importance of sustainability for my career path as nowadays any business and organization is focused on having a more sustainable footprint."
If you are interested in becoming an EcoRep, send your cover letter and CV to [email protected].