SHARJAH, The Environment and Protected Areas Authority, EPAA, organised a range of workshops about the conditions and criteria of the Sharjah Sustainability Award, SSA, for the seventh year in a row.

The aim of the award is to promote the concept of a sustainable green environment in line with the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, which emphasises the importance of protecting the environment and conserving biodiversity in Sharjah. The SSA jury includes representatives from a number of organisations who will judge submissions based on their areas of expertise.

The submission deadline for the project's descriptive file is 27th November 2018, and the submission deadline for the final project's file is 14th February 2019. An exhibition of the nominated projects for winning the award will be held on 4th March, 2019.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, EPAA Chairperson, said, "The vision of the award is to create a sustainable green environment. The award's mission is to foster competition among different groups of students at schools and universities as they create and implement sustainable solutions to pressing environmental problems. This helps to instil a culture of environmental consciousness and to enhance awareness about the importance of preserving the environment in order to promote sustainable development in educational environments."

The workshop was held over eight days for 58 government and private schools. A total of 388 students and teachers attended the workshops. The SSA, which lasts throughout the academic year, has two categories. The first is for intermediate and secondary students at Sharjah's public and private schools and schools throughout the UAE, and the second category is for students at Sharjah's universities. Awards will be presented to the winners of the following categories: Outstanding School; Outstanding Student; Outstanding Team of students; and Outstanding Coordinator.

Al Suwaidi added, "The objective of the SSA is to promote a partnership in environmental initiatives, a key pillar in Sharjah's efforts to protect environmental resources and conserve biodiversity. The inclusion of schools, universities and official institutions as environmental actors will contribute to the creation of a green environment within a sustainable framework."

The SSA has six different categories: reducing the consumption of water and electricity; a sustainable environmental application project; designing a model related to the environment; creative writing - a short story; producing a short film about the environment, and green school.

The SSA invites the students, administrative and teaching staff at participating schools and universities to develop projects, ideas and activities to create sustainable learning environments that meet international environmental standards.

Source: Emirates News Agency