-- DuPont, a leading market-driven science products and services company, hosted "DuPont Bright Ideas Eco Challenge" award ceremony on June 24th, 2010 at the ALHOSN University, in Abu Dhabi. The competition, which was open to all United Arab Emirates [UAE] undergraduate students, provided a unique opportunity to think creatively, and to develop innovative ideas that can contribute to long term environmental protection. The ceremony was attended by leading environmental organizations, faculty members from different schools and students.
DuPont Bright Ideas Eco Challenge, a science-based competition, was designed to encourage UAE university students to generate fresh ideas and develop innovative solutions that address some of the world's most pressing environmental concerns. The mission of the challenge was to enhance youth awareness on environmental issues and solutions, including energy efficiency, recycling, green initiatives, eco-friendly concepts and other innovations that can contribute to environmental excellence.
The competition was launched in March and closed in June 2010. It attracted strong interest from the students and a high volume of entries from more than 50 universities and colleges in the UAE. All submissions were evaluated from an expert judging panel of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), one of the UAE's leading environmental organizations; DuPont and ALHOSN University, an Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education. Student ideas were evaluated on the following criteria: creativity and originality, development of the idea on energy efficiency, overall feasibility and potential for overall societal benefit and impact on the community.
"We live our core values everyday and environmental stewardship is one of them. DuPont is committed to supporting sustainable growth through the development and implementation of programs and initiatives to sustain our environment. To thrive, healthy businesses need healthy communities. DuPont improves the quality of life and enhances the vitality of the communities in which we operate by supporting community sustainability efforts. Sustainable communities recognize the interdependence of social progress, economic success and environmental excellence. DuPont Bright Ideas Eco Challenge is a living example and our promise to support programs that address environmental initiatives," said Hartmut Reinke, Director Middle East, Turkey and Africa, DuPont.
"I congratulate all the participants and the winners who participated and made a difference! I would also like to thank EEG & ALHOSN University for their support. Together with the students, our leaders of tomorrow, we can share DuPont passion for improving the quality of life through better protection and preservation of the environment," he added.
The team comprising Asma Malik, Farida Saif, Laura Kherbeck and Onoud Saleh from the American University of Sharjah took First Place, followed by Reza Dashtpour from Heriott Watt University in Second Place while Danial Ahmed and Arsalan Muhammad Yousuf also from the American University of Sharjah landed in third place. The top three winners were honored at the ceremony. Each of the winners received a cash prize and a certificate.
DuPont Bright Ideas Eco Challenge is a part of the DuPont Community Fund (DCF). DCF has supported almost 500 projects worldwide.
Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University added: "UAE students are more than capable of making positive contributions to environmental causes, as reflected by the high quality of the DuPont Bright Ideas Eco Challenge 2010 entries. They key is to provide them with platforms such as DBIEC competition to showcase their creativity, energy and commitment. We congratulate the winners for their hard work and their unique approaches to sustainability."
"We need to start viewing young people more as vital partners in environmental stewardship. DBIEC Initiative by DuPont reinforces our message of nurturing environmental awareness and responsibility at an early age. They also support government efforts to adopt more sustainable approaches to development under its UAE Vision 2021 plan," concluded Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group and Board Member, UN Global Compact.
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