“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“… .

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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

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First Startup weekend of environment and urban smart management

The center of environmental management and sustainable development  of Tehran municipality holds the first start-up weekend of “environment and urban smart management” in Tehran municipality complex on 28th-30th of Feburary. It should be noted that the environment science department of Shahid Beheshti university, vice-presidency for science and technology, department of environment and sustainable development office of Amirkabir university of technology support and contribute to hold this event.

Vase construction process in the university

Steps of making Vase in front of Valiasr entrance and arc in front of self service office building and student buffet; Using the available facilities to create green space and place pots. Thanks to the hardworking staff of Green Space and Ms. Javaheri

Reduce paper consumption by eliminating the print version of dissertations

According to the approval of the Board of Directors of Amirkabir University of Technology, in order to reduce paper consumption, from now on, undergraduate to doctoral dissertations will be presented and a printed version will be provided at the request of professors and judges of doctoral dissertations. According to the public relations of Amirkabir University of Technology: Due to the huge volume consumed in the process of implementing printed dissertations in the university and the loss of relevant resources, a preliminary study was conducted by the university central library in 2016 and a plan to reduce print printing of dissertations in coordination Graduate management of the university was prepared. According to the statistics of the number of students of different levels in 2016, about 3 tons of paper was used to print the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral dissertations. According to the available information, each ton of paper is equivalent to cutting 20 trees and consuming 4,000 kilowatts. Electricity clock and 400,000 liters of water. Each tree is able to convert an average of 6 kg of carbon dioxide into oxygen per year. Considering the number of judges, supervisors and consultants in the defense sessions and the proposal of the dissertation, the amount of paper consumed will be at least 13 tons per year. Therefore, eliminating or reducing the printed dissertation and related prints will reduce the consumption of about 15 to 16 tons of paper per year at Amirkabir University of Technology. In this regard, the plan to reduce the print run of dissertations was approved by the university board. According to this decree, in order to save paper consumption and also due to the possibility of proper and integrated service in the field of printed and electronic dissertations in the central library of Amirkabir University of Technology, from this date undergraduate students to settle the only electronic file of their dissertation To the Central Library.
Graduate students also submit a copy of the printed dissertation along with its electronic files to the Central Library, and supervisors can receive a printed copy from students for personal archiving if they wish. Also, due to the large amount of paper lost in the defense sessions, students will provide the PDF file of their dissertation to the dissertation referees before defending it, and only if the referee requests and emphasizes, the printout will be presented in two sides. Supervisors and consultants should also use the electronic version for corrections.

Amirkabir University Green Building Plaque

Benefits of AUT GBC

  • Presenting the first localized reference for environmental building scoring in Iran (since 2012)
  • Provides a practical solution to promote and institutionalize the concept of “green building” in Iran
  • Reducing the environmental impact of the building on its life cycle (planning, design, construction, operation and demolition)
  • Providing the ground for achieving the goals of sustainable construction in the Iranian construction industry
  • Increasing awareness among construction industry activists in the country and institutionalizing environmental considerations from the beginning of the project
  • Provide a suitable platform for the development of buildings for the welfare of residents

Benefits of green building

 

Steps to receive the Green Building Award of Amirkabir University

 

Report on the activities of the AUT’s Office of Sustainability (2012-2016)

Office of Sustainability of Amirkabir University of Technology was established in the summer of 2011, directed by Dr. Maknoon, a respected member of the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Eng. Morteza Nikravan, a graduate of Civil and Environmental Engineering (assistant director), to work in the field of environment and Green University. The purpose of establishing this office is to organize and support the activities of all students, professors and staff of different faculties of the university in order to achieve the goals of sustainable development and turn Amirkabir University of Technology into a “green campus” and fulfill the slogan of leading Amirkabir University in sustainable development. In this report, while introducing the Office of Sustainability, the goals and actions taken, including holding conferences, seminars, workshops and projects, are briefly stated. To read the report, refer to the publications section of the site.

Green management council launched

According to the Planning Organization and Ministry of Science and Research guidelines, universities are required to set up a strategic environmental council in the field of sustainable

According to the Planning Organization and Ministry of Science and Research guidelines, universities are required to establish a strategic environmental council in the field of sustainable environmental management and optimal economic management. Following the formation of the Strategic Management Board, the second meeting of the Strategic Council was attended by university officials and administrative cases were announced. At this meeting, all activities carried out over the past few years at the university level have been gathered by various departments and emphasized the need for Amir Kabir University of Technology to lead sustainable development. The council aims to manage energy consumption, save and optimize its use and reduce the waste of energy, materials and environmental protection at the university by effectively and efficiently utilizing all material and human resources, organizing and planning to guide them to achieve environmental goals. Composed. It was also required that the reports from the meetings be regularly updated.

Activity Report of AUT’s Office of Sustainability (January 2017)

This activity report contains different part like:

  1. Introduction of AUT’s Office of Sustainability
  2. The main goals of AUT’s Office of Sustainability
  3. The main activities of AUT’s Office of Sustainability 
  4. Specialized committees of AUT’s Office of Sustainability
  5. Holding and organizing different conferences in the concept of sustainable development.
  6. Holding a series of seminars (or webinar) in the concept of sustainable development
  7. Holding a series of workshops in the different concept of sustainable development
  8. The research projects have been done by AUT’s Office of Sustainability

The final report of the second symposium of water resources policymakers entitled “Food Security and Sustainable Governance of Water Resources”

The second symposium of water resources policymakers entitled Food Security & Sustainable Governance was held in the Fajr Hall of the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization on Thursday, March 3, 2016, with the participation of the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Jihad Agriculture, Amirkabir University of Technology, Environmental Protection Organization and Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Tehran Agricultural Mines. Dr. Boroumand, Vice Chancellor for Research at Amirkabir University of Technology, at the inauguration of this symposium, referring to the determination of Amirkabir University of Technology in introducing and reducing sustainable development in the country, said: Food security is one of the main policy axes of the most important concerns of today’s societies. Therefore, paying attention to the possible problems and difficulties in this field is the concern of the social institutions of the communities. In another part of his speech, he added: the government should have careful planning to reduce water consumption and this planning should be operational and not a slogan so that we reduce a certain percentage of our water consumption annually.
In her speech, Dr. Mazaheri, Vice-Chancellor for Education and Research of Amirkabir University of Technology, pointed to the ecological footprint and, while introducing these two concepts, asked all organizations related to food and water security to pay attention to these two important categories and Also consider environmental pollution and do not depend on environmental pollution to achieve their goals.

This symposium ended at 16:30 after holding three specialized panels of the Environmental Protection Organization, the Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture and the Ministry of Energy.

Attachment: Food security and Sustainable Water Governance-Final Report_0