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Brett Girven


The Arbor School

Mr. Brett Girven has been the principal of the Arbor School Dubai since 2019 and has more than ten years of experience in the Middle East. Having moved to the UAE from his native New Zealand, Mr. Girven has a critical eye for detail, an in-depth understanding of the Dubai and UAE educational climate, and a relentless drive to ensure a high-quality education is provided for every child at the Arbor School. Mr. Girven's formative years were spent growing up on the beaches and in the waves of beautiful New Zealand, trekking through the pristine forests and sliding down mountains. It is no wonder that through these pastimes, he developed a passion for the environment and went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Science, majoring in Zoology. Mr. Girven continued to study Environmental Science at post-graduate level, and throughout his teaching career has always enjoyed the Ecology and Environmental Science side of teaching Science and Biology.


01 November, 2023 | 12:30 to 13:15
Biodiesel and Sustainable School Buses
Sustainable school buses are one of TASS’s five areas of focus for systems change. This workshop will explore the practicalities of implementing low-carbon fuel (biodiesel) in school buses in the UAE, drawing on the experience of our member schools, their students, and our partners.
The session discussion will cover the following:
• Introduction to biodiesel as an ultra-low carbon fuel
• Case studies of biodiesel in school buses
• Discussion of systems-level challenges for biodiesel in the UAE and how to overcome them
• Opportunities for schools and their bus companies to innovate and lead the way