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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.35
Liaison Rose Armour
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

American University of Sharjah
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Rose Armour
Sustainability Operations
AUS Sustainability
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Hazardous/chemical waste is present in colleges/research labs throughout AUS campus. Below are steps taken to reduce hazardous/chemical waste:
Step 1: Chemicals used on campus are identified in an inventory (also see point “d” below.)
Step 2: Hazardous and chemical waste is identified in an inventory
Step 3: Disposal of hazardous/chemical waste off campus
Step 4: Regulated chemical purchase process
*Each college ensures the requested chemical is not already in stock prior to ordering. AUS Safety and Crisis Management (SCM) has introduced a new Laboratory Health and Safety Handbook, which includes a system for chemical inventory process.
*After the purchase requisition is issued by the college, the Procurement Department, SCM checks/approves purchase order for type of chemical requested.
*SCM confirms whether an alternative, less hazardous chemical is suitable than the chemical requested.
*SCM confirms whether engineering controls (storage conditions, transportation/handling) and administrative controls (signage) and PPE are in place.
*SCM evaluates requested chemical quantity. If possible, order quantity is reduced in order to minimize expected waste.
*Practice of buying chemicals using petty cash has been halted.


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

*End-users (colleges) place a requisition (with Office of Sustainability) for hazardous/chemical waste disposal by the end of the spring semester every year.
*Office of Sustainability manages the administrative portion of disposing waste by contacting a third-party company approved by regulatory authorities.
*SCM reviews the chemical MSDS/SDS to determine the best way to collect, transport and dispose the particular chemical.
*SCM ensures chemicals are segregated, as necessary, and labelled as per standardized guidelines.
*SCM supervises the actual collection process by the third-party company.
*SCM receives disposal manifest as confirmation from the disposal company.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

None.


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

The Laboratory Health and Safety Handbook includes an inventory system to check if laboratory chemicals are already in stock or can be redistributed within the college prior to making a new chemical purchase. This inventory system is currently managed through an Excel spreadsheet and a new, more advanced inventory management system for laboratory chemical system is currently under implementation.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

For electronic waste generated by the institution AUS has an agreement with Bee'ah, the local recycling company, to take our computers, accessories, electronic and electrical items, CPUs, laptops, monitors, office equipment, and printers. We receive a certificate of destruction to verify the items were destroyed.

For students and university issued phones we have had two collections days in the last three years to collect and recycle those. This year the event is in conjunction with Emirates Environmental Group and their One CommuniTree event.

At the end of the year, when faculty and students are m oving off campus AUS provides a collection point for e-waste. We can provide the users with a certification of destruction, if requested.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.