My name is Hira Mohammad. I am from New York. I work as an Energy Analyst for the City University of New York (CUNY).
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
Sustainable development and the creation of healthy, self-sustaining communities are very important to me. For too long, humans have taken Earth’s limited resources for granted. The consequences of the inefficient use of these finite resources are now obvious, as communities across the world suffer from food, water and electricity shortage. Therefore, I believe focusing on sustainable development using infinite natural resources like wind and solar is the key to creating a more resilient planet.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
I am currently working with my team to develop a comprehensive load management program that will train CUNY colleges to manage their energy usage and avoid high electric peaks. The ultimate goal is to curtail energy use in an effort to reduce our overall carbon footprint.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I plan to continue working in the field of sustainability, with a focus on clean energy projects. I also plan on becoming a certified Energy Manager.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
SISE was recommended to me by my supervisor/mentor. I applied because this program seemed like an excellent opportunity for me to explore other aspects of sustainability and learn from experts and professionals working in this field.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
I am looking forward to hanging out at the Navy Pier, trying Chicago style pizza and definitely taking an Instagram worthy picture at the Chicago Bean. :)
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I like them in pictures, does that count? I am, however, willing to learn to like them. :)