• The Competition
  • Judging Criteria
  • Registration
  • Awards
The Competition

The KU SDG Ambassadors are launching The Green Educational Environments Competition to assist the UAE educational community in making sustainable changes in our campuses to help create a better future for our planet. The competition will raise awareness and take action in reducing our carbon footprint, and creating a sustainable way of living in our educational institutions.

The Goals of the Competition

  1. Raise Awareness: Increase awareness among students about the UN SDGs
    and their importance in addressing global sustainability challenges.
  2. Promote Innovation: Encourage students to develop creative and innovative
    solutions to real-world sustainability issues.
  3. Engage Collaboration: Foster collaboration among students, faculty, and staff
    to implement sustainable projects on campus.
  4. Inspire Action: Motivate students to take tangible actions that contribute to
    achieving one or more UN SDGs.

Types of Competition Entry

Participants can submit projects aligned with any of the 17 UN SDGs. Some examples of project categories include:

  1. Waste Reduction: Focusing on waste reduction and increasing recycling and composting rates on campus.
  2. Sustainable Transportation: Encourage students and faculty to use sustainable transportation options like biking, walking, carpooling, or using public transportation.
  3. Sustainability Innovation: Students can submit innovative sustainability projects or solutions. These could include ideas for renewable energy installations, water conservation, or sustainable agriculture.
  4. Sustainable Campus Design: Students can propose sustainable campus design ideas or renovations that prioritize environmental stewardship.
  5. Clean Energy: Projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reducing carbon emissions.
  6. Zero Hunger: Initiatives addressing food security, reducing food waste, and promoting sustainable agriculture.
  7. Quality Education: Projects enhancing access to quality education, promoting lifelong learning, and supporting educational equality.
  8. Sustainable Cities: Proposals for creating sustainable and inclusive urban environments, addressing issues like transportation, housing, and green spaces.
  9. Life Below Water: Efforts to protect marine life, combat plastic pollution, and conserve oceans and marine resources
Judging Criteria
  1. Alignment with UN SDGs (20 points)
    • Clearly articulated alignment with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
    • Demonstrated understanding of the selected goal(s) and their relevance to the project.
  2. Innovation and Creativity (15 points)
    • The degree of innovation demonstrated in addressing sustainability challenges.
    • Creative approaches that distinguish the project from conventional solutions.
  3. Impact and Scalability (20 points)
    • Clarity regarding the project’s potential impact on environmental, social, and economic dimensions.
    • Consideration of scalability, replication, or adaptation to other contexts.
  4. Feasibility and Sustainability (15 points)
    • The feasibility of project implementation, including resource availability and timeline.
    • Sustainability aspects, including long-term viability and potential for positive ongoing impact.
  5. Interdisciplinary Approach (10 points)
    • Evidence of collaboration across multiple disciplines or areas of expertise.
    • The incorporation of diverse perspectives and skills to address sustainability challenges comprehensively.
  6. Presentation Quality (15 points)
    • Clarity and coherence of the PowerPoint presentation.
    • Effective use of visuals, graphics, and other media to enhance understanding.
    • Engaging and well-structured narrative.
  7. Communication and Engagement (15 points)
    • Ability to convey complex sustainability concepts to a diverse audience.
    • Demonstrated engagement with stakeholders, including community members, organizations, or other relevant parties.
    • Efforts to raise awareness and garner support for the project.
  8. Measurable Outcomes and Metrics (10 points)
    • Identification of specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) project goals.
    • Clear metrics and methods for tracking progress and assessing impact over time.
  9. Ethical Considerations (10 points)
    • Addressing ethical issues and potential conflicts related to sustainability efforts.
    • Transparency and accountability in ethical decision-making
  10. Q&A Responses (15 points)
    • Quality of responses to judges’ questions during the Q&A session.
    • Ability to provide additional insights and clarifications when prompted.


Each criterion is assigned a maximum number of points, with a total of 145 points.


Registration Details:

Eligibility: The competition is open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students currently in the UAE.

Team Size: Teams may consist of 1 to 5 members.

Submission Deadline: All project entries must be submitted by [date].

Final Presentation: Shortlisted teams will be invited to present their projects at the final event on [date].

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams, including [list of prizes, e.g., funding, mentorship opportunities, certificates].

Contact Information: For inquiries and registration, please contact [email address].

Registration Dates:

  • Launch the competition/ Registration Opens: October 27th
  • Registration Closes: November 17th
  • Announce the short listed candidates: Dec 4th
  • Invite short listed candidates to present to judges at KU: Dec 8th
  • Final Event and Winners Announcement: Dec 15th
First AwardAED 5,000
Second AwardAED 3,000
Third AwardsAED 2,000