Students and researchers from Qatar Foundation universities demonstrated their environmental stewardship during an ideathon on “Islam, Sustainability and My Carbon Footprint”.
The event was presented by Maker Majlis, a platform of the College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, in partnership with Qatargas. This is the first of the college’s strategic collaborations under Qatargas’ Go Green environmental awareness program.
The 30 participating students and researchers represented a cross-section of academic disciplines. Adopting an innovative pedagogical approach, the sessions brought together sustainability experts, academics and practitioners from the Maker Majlis network, with HE Dr. Mohammed Saleh Abdulla al-Sada, former Minister of Energy and Industry, delivering the opening speech.
Qatargas environmental experts interacted with the students on the concept of My Carbon Footprint, which aims to provide a holistic view of the impact of individual daily lifestyle choices on human-induced climate change.
During the workshop, CIS students and researchers had the opportunity to calculate their individual carbon footprint using a specially designed Personal Carbon Footprint (PCF) Calculator, available on the Qatargas website . Qatargas’ PCF Calculator explores the personal carbon impacts of everyday activities such as shopping, water use, waste generation and travel, enabling users to make more informed choices to reduce their carbon footprint.
The program also included an inspiring talk on social enterprise and innovation by Leila Mroueh, Head of Strategic Communications, Qatar Foundation.
Presentations by Dr. Odeh Jayyousi, Sustainability and Innovation Expert, and Dr. Evren Tok, Associate Dean of Innovation and Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Islam and Global Affairs, CIS, encouraged participants to connect their Islamic values to sustainability efforts.
Design thinking sessions by Dr. Nui Vatanasakdakul, from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, and Marwen Hijri (UX design) aimed to stimulate creative thinking and innovation. Participants then had the opportunity to activate their learning and exchange ideas on reducing their individual carbon footprint in Qatar during their interaction with Qatargas representatives.
Leading the Qatargas team at the Ideathon, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Manager Hilal Saad al-Mohannadi said, “Maintaining the highest environmental standards and proactively engaging our stakeholders and our community to strengthen environmental awareness and culture is a key part of Qatargas’ long-term strategy. long-term environmental strategy. I am very pleased with our engagement with HBKU on the importance of sustainability and its correlation with Islamic values and principles.
Dr Tok said: “Encouraging students to explore the connection between Islam, sustainability and their individual carbon footprint was central to our ideathon. It was exciting to watch them connect their academic studies with the skills needed to imagine and collaborate on their individual engagements, but also understand how their ingenuity as social entrepreneurs can meet a global challenge.
CIS faculty members who also participated were Dr. Syed Ali, Director of the Research Division and Center for Islamic Economics and Finance, and Dr. Dalal Aassouli, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Arts program. sciences in Islamic finance.