Election: Leadership Race - Spring 2021

Category: Part Time Officer


Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running4
Available position1
Total ballots1915
Valid votes1915
Invalid votes0


Summer Wyatt-Buchan / Sara ChemelloMuhammad Shaban ChaudharyJohara MeyerRON (Re-Open Nominations)ExhaustedSurplusThreshold

All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Summer Wyatt-Buchan / Sara Chemello. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 814.50. Candidate Johara Meyer has reached the threshold and is elected.

Muhammad Shaban Chaudhary

What do you hope to achieve in the role if you are elected?
Use of algae curtains & salt lamps in labs & indoor areas.
Chairs/benches comprised of recycled coal squander in lounge & outdoor areas.
Use tableware made from biodegradable materials i.e. wheat bran in bars.
Encourage use of recyclable packaging boxes & donation of unserved food to nearby foodbanks.
Increased vegan & plant based protein food options on campus.
More clubs supporting active travel & encouraging travel via train.
Advance projects tending to ecological concerns i.e. improving photosynthetic efficiency.
Explore environmental ethics in religions to create awareness.

What will you bring to this role (e.g. experience, skills or qualities)?
Jointly won by passing a resolution concerning urban development and environment in Commission of Population and Development at HMUN, Boston.
Ventured to Thailand for a two week United Nations sponsored exchange program on Sustainable Development. During immersion in a village, surveyed locals and proposed pertinent eco-friendly solutions to their problems which were forwarded to the community leader for consideration.
In my capacity as the Vice President of the Welfare Society, created awareness about water conservation and collected funds for the newly initiated Bhasha Dam in Pakistan.

Anything else?
Great things are accomplished as a result of infectious enthusiasm. It's time to reach out and inspire others to do something about this greatest threat to our existence. Together Everyone Achieves More!!

Johara Meyer

What do you hope to achieve in the role if you are elected?
Hi! I'm Johara, a human geographer eager to make sustainability more accessible!
Here's the plan:

Share n' Repair
- host an end-of-year swap shop to trade household items
- set-up repair equipment rental (screwdriver, bike pump etc.)

Student Life
- guide on how and what to recycle
- make active travel to campus accessible to all students
- spotlight existing projects/events at UCL and in the surrounding area

Hold UCL Accountable
- divest from Amazon, Nestlé, HS2 etc.
- provide a progress report on sustainability commitments
- change to catering provider w/ more vg&veg options

What will you bring to this role (e.g. experience, skills or qualities)?
Over the past two years, I've been involved with Fridays for Future in my hometown of Berlin and have photographed and organised various protests and campaigns. Recently, I wrote an article for Climate Action Society about how climate activism "stayed alive" there during the pandemic.

I am also a student member of the Sustainability Council, which has introduced me to many of UCL's sustainability projects and given me insight into how changes are implemented and contested at our uni.

Additionally, I am currently an editor for my department's student magazine, the Bloomsbury Geographer.

Anything else?
One more point to add to the plan:

- I will send out a newsletter each term
- use data visualisations and photography to ease understanding

Link to my article on activism in a pandemic: https://www.uclclimateactionsociety.com/post/climate-activism-during-a-pandemic

Summer Wyatt-Buchan / Sara Chemello

What do you hope to achieve in the role if you are elected?
Our aim is to ensure that UCL is deserving of its reputation as a People and Planet leading sustainable institution. We propose to:

Increase transparency and awareness of current strategies through a sustainability newsletter
Encourage student feedback through polls and office hours
Ensure affordability and accessibility in all changes made
Workshops on how to respectfully advocate for the environment
Support for unique departmental and society events
Incentivise green food and package-free options in the SU
Transform study spaces with greenery
Work alongside Sustainable UCL

What will you bring to this role (e.g. experience, skills or qualities)?
Summer has experience as a sustainability analyst and as a Sustainable UCL ambassador. Sara created a Sustainability club at her previous school and organized various climate activist events. We both have experience with institutions and representing student voices. These are examples of roles that have taught us how to articulate and understand the challenges that come with implementing effective sustainability initiatives. We are proactive, approachable, adaptable, and enthusiastic. Together we will make it easier for students to engage with sustainability at UCL - now and in the future.

Anything else?
Sustainability is about more than just recycling, it is to be equitable, affordable and innovative. To ensure UCL has all these qualities we will lead a green recovery as we return to campus. The time to act is now and we have the potential and responsibility to do so.