Release of Karun documentary

Karun documentary is an attempt to portray what Karun river was and what it is today. Of course, it is not a shout, but an image mixed with poetry and sadness!

This documentary will be on screen at the Amirkabir University of Technology with the help of the Office of Sustainability and the Film Center. To register to watch this documentary, you can fill out the form below or enter the link

Date and Time: Sunday, March 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

Location: Amirkabir University of Technology Halls Complex, Bahman Hall

Participation is free for those interested by completing the registration form

The first “Zero-Waste Campus” contest among Iranian universities

The collection, separation and processing of waste is a big challenge in Iranian Universities. Public awareness and teaching about these issues to students and universities staff is one of the most important actions which is usually neglected.

 For the first time, the contest of “Zero-Waste University” is going to hold in the Amirkabir University of Technology. The main purpose of this completion is to increase the student’s awareness about the waste and the importance of separation at the source. In this competition, the students should form their teams, and then, they should collect the solid wastes in different categories. The collected wastes will be scored based on their level of peril, importance, the value in the recycling process and etc, and they will be weighted at the end.  The team with the highest score will get the 1st rank.

  • In order to get the instruction of the contest, click here. ⬇️

The 8th issue of the newsletter of office of sustainability has been published

The 8th issue of the newsletter of Office of Sustainability has been published by the efforts of volunteer and eco-friendly students and alumni. In this issue you will read about:

  • Test anxiety
  • A report of the programs executed in the past season
  • Study of Shared Bike Design in Tehran
  • Unsustainable development
  • and other interesting contents

You can download the electronic newsletter from the publications section of the website and send your comments and suggestions to

Release of the Closing the Loop documentary

For the first time, the documentary Closing the Loop on the subject of rotational economics and the environment will be screened at the Amirkabir University of Technology by the Office of Sustainability.

To register to watch this documentary, you can fill out the form below or enter the link

Time and Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 13:30

Location: Amirkabir University of Technology Halls Complex, Bahman Hall

Participation is free for members of the Office of Sustainability and students of Amirkabir University by completing the form below

Annual meeting and introduction of the Office of Sustainability

Do you know the environment of your university? Do you want to contribute to its improvement?

What is sustainable development, and what is its role in our future?

What is the position of the environment and sustainable development in other countries?

We will answer this question and dozens of other questions of yours in this forum ….

Our rendezvous: Saturday, October 27, 2018 Bahman Hall of Amirkabir University of Technology from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

In the presence of the director and assistant director of the Office of Sustainability, university officials and environmental experts, and activists
Participation is free for all interested students

The 7th issue of the newsletter of office of sustainability has been published

The 7th issue of the newsletter of Office of Sustainability has been published by the efforts of volunteer and eco-friendly students. In this issue you will read about:

  • Green buildings
  • A special conversation with Dr. Khorsandi about Tehran’s air pollution and pollution reduction strategies
  • Car-free Tuesdays
  • Unsustainable development
  • and other interesting contents

You can download the electronic newsletter from the publications section of the website and send your comments and suggestions to

Urmia Lake Rehabilitation Headquarters Review: How to Manage Water Supply Needed for Lake Urmia Rehabilitation

Urmia Lake Rehabilitation Headquarters Review: How to Manage Water Supply Needed for Lake Urmia Rehabilitation

The first session of a series of specialized meetings to review the performance of Lake Urmia Rehabilitation Headquarters with the focus on how to manage the required water resources, on Tuesday, July 3, hosted by the Office of Sustainability of Amirkabir University and Sharif University of Technology and Lake Urmia Rehabilitation Headquarters was held at Amirkabir University. The panel members of this meeting were:

– Dr. Reza Maknoon (Chairman of the meeting and Chairman of the High Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of Lake Urmia Rehabilitation Headquarters),

– Dr. Mehdi Ahmadi (Secretary of the meeting),

– Dr. Masoud Tajrishi (Director of Planning and Integration Office of Urmia Lake Rehabilitation Headquarters),

– Eng. Mohammad Haj Rasouliha (CEO of Iran Water Resources Management Company),

– Dr. Jamshid Mousavi (Head of Water Resources Working Group of Urmia Lake Rehabilitation Headquarters)

– Eng. Arash Akhavan (Director of Operation Office of Water Supply Facilities of Iran Water Resources Management Company)

The main axes studied in this meeting include reviewing the implemented model of operation of dam reservoirs in the last 4 years, reviewing the status of resources and consumption of reservoirs in the catchment area of Lake Urmia and reviewing different models for predicting inflow and operation of dam reservoirs. At this meeting, Eng. Akhavan first presented a report on the planning process carried out to rehabilitate Lake Urmia, the forecasting model used and the measures taken. Then it was the turn of Dr. Mousavi to present a report on the research and activities carried out to provide an improved model for better management of water resources in the area. Engineer Haj Rasouliha then gave a general explanation about the performance of the headquarters. In the last part of the section related to the evaluation of the headquarters’ performance, Dr. Tajrishi explained the situation of Lake Urmia and then it was the turn of the question and answer section that Dr. Maknoon asked questions from the panel members about the future of the lake and the future plans of the headquarters.

Finally, the main points agreed upon by the panel members included the following sections:

  1. One of the most important factors influencing the revitalization of Lake Urmia are dams; Because among 16 important rivers supplying water to Lake Urmia, a national dam has been built on 8 of them. In addition, for example, studies on Buchan Dam, as the most important dam, show that the release of water from this dam has had a great effect on the level of the lake. Therefore, management and planning for dams in order to rehabilitate the lake is very important.
  2. It is necessary to use a suitable model in order to manage the water of the dams and annual planning for their operation; However, it should be noted that the basic information used in the model has as little error as possible and is based on continuous monitoring and the latest information to be in good agreement with the real situation.
  3. The proposed model should be well adapted to changing predicted conditions; Because the amount of rainfall in recent years has shown that the uncertainty in the forecasts has been high.
  4. To rehabilitate Lake Urmia, managing and improving the operation of dams alone is not enough and saving water consumption in the agricultural sector up to about 40% is essential. Otherwise, it is not possible to revive Lake Urmia.
  5. At present, it seems that there is enough water and knowledge to rehabilitate the lake, and by improving the planning models for the operation of the dams, as well as optimizing water consumption in the agricultural sector, it will be possible to rehabilitate Lake Urmia.
  6. There is no need to form other rehabilitation headquarters to manage other catchment areas and water resources in the country, and the experiences gained for the rehabilitation of Lake Urmia can be used as a suitable program and roadmap for other examples in the country.

The first series of photo and video competitions of HAMPAK campaign: “Great Goals, Small Steps”

HAMPAK campaign with the slogan “Let’s start with ourselves” presents

The first series of photo and video competitions titled “Great Goals, Small Steps”

In order to participate in the contest, send an artistic photo or a 1 minute video in the field of sustainable development (in campus environment) to the Instagram page of Office of Sustainability, (Amirkabir University of Technology) at sustainable_aut until July 27th, 2018.

  • The best photo and video will be awarded valuable prizes.

  • Recommended fields:

► Energy saving and renewable energies

► Waste management

► Clean transportation

► Air pollution

► Water conservation

► Biodiversity

► Social aspects of sustainable development

► Ecotourism

Let’s not forget that the campaign’s goal is to start achieving sustainable development from ourselves, although our activities appear to be seemingly small and less effective. So do not miss the chance to participate in this competition.

“HAMPAK” campaign on the occasion of the World Environment Day- June 2018- Khordad 1397

Achieving a sustainable university, city, and country requires serious determination and action. If we want to reduce poverty, have food security, have a healthy and prosperous life, provide education and training for all, have adequate and safe water resources, provide energy from sustainable resources and to see real economic growth, the infrastructures of our be able to cope with the dangers and threats, reduce inequality across the country, properly produce and use it properly, to avoid climate change and its adverse effects, use our marine resources well, preserve biodiversity and ecosystems and establishing peace and establish peace and justice in society and contribute to the world, We must start today. Sustainable development is based on healthy humans in a healthy environment. If we are looking for a healthy environment, today it’s time to modify our choices and behaviors so that these goals can be realized in the future. As long as we do not have a serious determination, nothing will change. The most important starting point for any kind of improvement and change is when we find out that we have to start with ourselves. If each of us practice our responsibility and playing our role well, though small and inconspicuous, there will definitely be a bright future ahead of society. Thus, in order to advance in sustainable development, let’s start with ourselves and show that we adhere to what we say and believe.

From today, June 5, 2018 (Khordad 15), on the occasion of World Environment Day, the new campaign of Office of Sustainability, Amirkabir University of Technology, entitled “HAMPAK“, launches. We invite you to join this campaign, keep us up to date by your efforts to promote sustainable development and environmental protection and be the sustainable compeer of Amirkabir University. The first series of the competitions in this campaign will be launched soon and we will announce it through the official website and channel of the office. So “Let’s start with ourselves“… .




Report: A visit to the second exhibition of electric bicycles (e-bike) in Tehran

The second exhibition of electric bikes is taking place on Khordad 5-10, 1397 (May 26-31, 2018) in the Traffic and Transportation Deputy of the Municipality of Tehran. On Monday, Khordad 7th (May 28th), in addition to visiting the products of this exhibition, we also had interviews with representatives of different companies. Only two iranian companies and one foreign importer were present at the exhibition. It is also possible for the visitors to test the bikes in the parking lot.

The first pavilion belongs to the importer of electric bicycles, such as BMW (Germany), Giant (UK), Ecolt (Germany) and Viva (China). The importer of these bikes in his commentary added:

Electric bikes are becoming the vehicles of the day and the world’s automotive companies compete in the field of electric bicycle manufacturing. The electric bike engines can be placed in the front, center, and rear of the bikes. Since the power of the bikes is often 250 watts and their maximum speed is 25 km/h (EU standard), the main competition has been over the distance traveled. For example, the distance traveled is about 70 km for Mercedes Benz and 100 kilometers for BMW e-bikes. The typical price for these bikes is between 2000 and 4000 euros and of course, Chinese bikes with prices less than 1,000 euros are available. These bikes are imported directly from Britain and Germany. He also added about the after-sales services: “Benz and BMW companies have 10 years of service after the production all over the world, and the Battery cells are also replaceable in Iran. Also, there is no problem in using these bikes for steep slopes and elevation variations, and the auxiliary power of the battery makes it possible to travel without any problems. In Smart models of Mercedes Benz, the battery is charged by generator in downhill or when braking.”

The provision of these bikes is currently possible through the direct contact with the importer.

The second pavilion belongs to iranian company, Eliz Docharkh (Elizkhodro) (website). Elizkhodro, in addition to the e-bike, is also involved in the production of electric vehicles. The representative of the company added in his comments:

“in this company, all the technicians and engineers are Iranian. Bicycle batteries are Korean and their cells are packed in Iran. The bike frames are made of aluminum and the speed of these bikes are up to 25 km/hr, similar to foreign products. The travelling distance of this company’s products is also estimated at an average of 30 km. Electric bicycles Eliz Docharkh have five years of after-sales service and a 6 month warranty and installment purchase is also possible for organizations.”

(The price of Elizkhodro products has now risen from about 2 to 3 million Rials compared to the above table values.)

Finally in the 3rd pavilion, the products of Arvand Motor Pak company are also presented (website). Same as the products mentioned above, The bike frames are made of aluminum and the speed of the bikes is up to 25 km/hr. The batteries used on these bikes are Panasonic’s products and the company is in consultation with Saba Battery Co. for the provision of batteries, so that there is no problem in order to supply this piece inside the country and to use domestic products as well.

In addition to the price range and the distance traveled, the most important difference between some of the products of internal and external productions is the addition of an accelerometer sensor in domestic (iranian) e-bikes (similar to hand grip acceleretor in motorcycles) in a way that the bike can act as an electric motorcycle and does not need to be pedaled. This happens while in Europe such a part is not installed on the bike, and pedaling must be done and the battery will only play an assisting role. Because otherwise, the bike does not make sense and the vehicle actually becomes an electric motorcycle (you can download the catalogs of domestic manufacturing companies from the attachments).

Although holding this exhibition is an effective step in the development of culture for the use of clean transportation systems, but it needs some platforms and contexts that should be provided in advance. If our goal is to promote cycling culture, and especially the use of electric bikes instead of motorcycles, holding a 6-day exhibition with only 3 pavilions in the corner of the parking lot of the Traffic and Transportation Deputy of the Municipality of Tehran with very few visitors and The price of the products at the price level of ordinary motorcycles (and some cases more expensive!) does not solve any problem. Although various advertisements for the use of clean and electric vehicles, use of public transport and the launch of various campaigns, such as Car-free Tuesdays, are important steps in this field but other conditions, platforms and contexts should be provided. The conditions and contexts which we will discuss in the next analytical report… .

by Amirhosein Abdorrezayi