Sabah Ahmed and Andrew Chong take #22 and #21 on our Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 list.

Up next on our Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 list are Sabah Ahmed and Andrew Chong.


Photo from Sabah Ahmed.

Sabah’s environmental efforts on the McMaster University campus got off to a strong start in 2008, when she ranked in the top three among more than 250 peers for environmentally friendly problem-based learning submissions in biology. Her success gave her the opportunity to present at the Biology Undergraduate Problem-Based Learning Symposium.

From there, she became involved in a number of campus organizations. Her work with MACgreen, the McMaster Students Union’s environmental group, as well as the McMaster Office of Sustainability ran throughout her undergraduate career. She was instrumental in a campus bike share program, promotion of carpooling and forming strategies around waste reduction.

Following research of lead in campus drinking water, Sabah undertook a project that took a larger look at Hamilton’s drinking water system. She presented her findings at the Mini World Water Day Conference in 2011. She proposed a new method of filtration to make the drinking water safer.

Sabah is now a recent Honours Life Science graduate. She recently completed an internship with the Office of Sustainability at McMaster, with which she has had contact since her first year.


Photo from Andrew Chong.

Chong was also a 2011 recipient. Article republished from October 17, 2011. By Sujane Kandasamy.

It all began for Andrew Chong while being engaged as a member of “St. Andrew’s College Environmentalists” in high school.

This is when he began to seriously get involved with food initiatives and coordinating environmental initiatives around the school.  His inspirations have played a pivotal role in his achievements, as he is enthused by his mother’s farming history and the diverse “artist canvas” of beautiful flowers and plants of nature.

Once embedded within the McMaster community, Chong played a direct leadership role in directing McMaster Farmstand in its inaugural year.  His dedication, diligence, and passion for the cause have been vital in its success and growth.  In fact, it has grown to include several new farms, a new executive team, and a partnership with Rural Routes to have buses transport students to nearby farms so that they can engage in first-hand experience with local farming initiatives.   

Recently, Chong has participated in the “community gardening project” where he has a goal to gauge interest from the McMaster student body of whether a garden project should be run at Westdale Aviary. 

Furthermore, Chong has co-founded OPIRG’s “Food for Life” where he has launched organic cooking events at St. Paul’s Church.  He is also a member of “MacEarth”, a committee aimed at making McMaster University residences more environmentally friendly.

Chong’s passion for the environment even extends into academia, as he is a volunteer in a toxicology lab where he learns about waste water chemicals and how they affect aquatic life within the Hamilton Harbour region.

His passion for local environmental issues and this dedication to making a difference are amongst the reasons why Chong has been selected for this Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 award.