COMMITTEE DESCRIPTION

The Environment & Technology Committee (EnviroTech) engages delegates interested in technological advancement, environmental preservation, and infrastructural development through the use of creative problem solving and various interdisciplinary fields of science. Topics that are commonly discussed include the development and implementation of renewable energy resources, as well the creation of an equilibrium between technological innovation and the well-being of the environment. Delegates will challenge their perceptions of the world and develop an understanding of geopolitical issues that may affect the world in the future.

2019-2020 TOPICS

  1. Carbon Sequestration
  2. Agricultural Runoff
  3. Access to Energy

2019-2020 EnviroTech Topic Descriptions

RESOURCES & SAMPLE DOCUMENTS

Environment and Technology Sample Country Research Paper

Environment and Technology Matrix Cover Page

Environment and Technology Matrix

OFFICER BIOS

What is your name, position, delegation, grade, and the number of years you’ve been in MUN?

My name is Ahan Raina, a senior from the Montgomery High School delegation. This will be my fourth year of Model UN, and I have the honor of serving as your Chair of Environment and Technology A.

What is the best thing about your committee?

I believe that there are two things that set Envirotech apart: its focus on the future and its interdisciplinary nature. The central question of this committee is also the central question for humanity over the next century – how will we continue to develop and advance our technology while limiting our impact on the environment? Through exploring this question, delegates explore advanced technologies and environmental changes of long time scales. Thus, in this committee more so than many others, delegates can think about problems that will be relevant for decades and centuries to come. Second, topics in both environment and technology are firmly grounded in science, so for delegates who enjoy combining ideas from multiple disciplines, EnviroTech is a great place for them to combine ecology, biology, technology, economics, history, and other fields the delegates learn in school.

What advice do you have for new delegates?

The amount you take from MUN, the amount you enjoy and learn from it, is directly proportional to how much risk you’re willing to take. Are you a first-year paralyzed at the thought of speaking? Take the risk. Are you an introvert who wants to talk to a group of strangers, but is afraid of getting judged? Take the risk. Do you have an innovative idea, but are scared of taking the initiative by pitching it during moderated caucus? Take the risk. Trust me when I say that as you take more of these risks, your confidence will rise and you will be able to step further. Do not be afraid to fail, as I’ve found that the people you will meet in MUN are some of the most supportive you’ll ever meet.

What is your favorite MUN memory or experience?

It’s hard for me to pick out a particular memory, because for me it has always been the people I’ve met in MUN who I remember over particular events. So, befriending some of the kindest and most passionate people I’ve met as been a great experience. The MUN dance is always really fun though.

What other activities do you do?

Outside of MUN, I actively participate in our sister program, Youth and Government, captain Speech in our school Forensics club, and do Science Olympiad. But perhaps the main focus of my extracurricular career is my work with NJ Student Climate Advocates, where I help research, develop, and advocate for a carbon fee in the state. I’m also a member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which does the same thing on a national level. I highly recommend joining these groups to any delegate passionate about the topics in this committee.

List some fun facts/icebreaker kind of information. Some examples are: Your favorite food, a country you would want to visit, tv shows you watch, type of music you listen to, etc.

Anyone who gets to know me for more than, say, 5 minutes knows that I’m a major Kanye West fan. I love Bollywood and Bollywood songs. I used to have a big classic rock phase, owing to the fact that I play guitar. My favorite TV show is the West Wing, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes politics.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Delegates, I cannot wait to meet every single one of you! If you want to talk or want help throughout conference, I’m always there. See you in January!

 

What is your name, position, delegation, grade, and the number of years you’ve been in MUN?

Greetings delegates! My name is Daniel Xue, and I’m a junior from the Montgomery High School delegation. This coming conference will be my third year in the program. I’m super excited and honored to be serving as the chair for EnviroTech B!

What is the best thing about your committee?

EnviroTech is really unique in that the solutions that are proposed by the delegates are always really innovative and unique. By the nature of the committee topic, resolutions often draw upon current scientific advancements, and thus yields proposals that many of the delegates have not encountered before. As a result, debate is always interesting and fresh, even for delegates that have been in the committee for many years.

What advice do you have for new delegates?

Never be hesitant to ask for help, whether its before, during, or after conference. The overwhelming majority of the other delegates want you to succeed and re willing to help if you ask, especially the returning delegates. It also goes without saying that I, or anyone else on the officer corp, will do whatever they can to assist you. If you need something, speak up — we’re here to help!

What is your favorite MUN memory or experience?

My freshman year, during our Saturday night delegation meeting, we had a time of reflection that really opened my eyes to how much more than “just a club” MUN was. The seniors, who would be spending their very last night at Hershey Lodge, had an outpouring of emotion that made it plain that past my own enjoyment, the program changed the lives of so many around me. To this date, this memory is one of the most formative and impactful experiences of my time in MUN, and really served as an inspiration and encouragement for much of my future time in the program.

What other activities do you do?

In my free time, I enjoy eating and sleeping :). Besides that, I participate in many STEM activities, being a part of my school’s Science Olympiad team and Computer Science Club. Occasionally, I teach programming at a local robotics institution. I’m also a part of Youth and Government, a sister program to MUN which focuses on the state legislature.

List some fun facts/icebreaker kind of information. Some examples are: Your favorite food, a country you would want to visit, tv shows you watch, type of music you listen to, etc.

My go to fun fact is that I have two brothers, but that’s not really fun at all so you’ll have to settle with my food preferences. My favorite ice cream flavor is coffee, but I drink actually coffee rarely (I guess I just have a sweet tooth). Also, I’m a firm believer that pineapple is the superior topping on pizza.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about conference, or want to talk to me about anything else — MUN related or otherwise. I’d be happy to help out ut in any way I can and get to know you all better. See you at conference!