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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
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ryan Highland
Sustainability Engagement
AUS Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
No

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:
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Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

AUS Sustainability collaborates with all American University of Sharjah stakeholders in creating strategies and implementing solutions that contribute to sustainable living and working. We promote sustainable practices throughout the University’s core and supporting activities that accrue positive social, economic, and environmental benefits. We monitor and report on the impact of the these activities on our ecosystem and society-at-large.

AUS Sustainability Values -

The values of the team include shared commitment to one another and to the University.

The OS values are:
Compassion
Openness
Cultivation
Respect
Energy
Appreciation
Tenacity
rEsourcefulness

AUS Sustainability is made up of 3 team members: the Head of Sustainability, Sustainability Associate - Operations and Sustainability Associate - Engagement.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.50

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
John Katsos - Head of Sustainability

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Sustainability Division
History and Background
One of the main priorities in the University’s Institutional Effectiveness Strategic Direction is Sustainability Planning.

To ensure steady progress in shaping a sustainable future, the university established a Sustainability division in 2008.

Vision and Mission:
Our Vision and Strategy strives to deliver excellent education and research in a sustainable manner. The university recognizes its responsibility to the environment and is committed to reduce its environmental impact and improve its environmental performance. By implementing proper practices AUS aims to ascertain sustainable use of natural resources and to prevent any wasteful or polluting exercises.
AUS will endeavor to exceed the environmental legal requirements, and aims to manage its operations in ways that are environmentally sustainable, economically feasible and socially responsible.
Our campus will strive to be a living model for sustainability, exemplifying values and actions that demonstrate our commitment to stewardship of resources and respect for the environment, now and in the future.

Waste Management Projects
Recycling
The Sustainability division is working towards a comprehensive waste management plan and has initiated various recycling programs.
Recycling 1,500+ HP Printer Cartridges per year
Mobile phone recycling
Reverse Vending Machines for recycling cans and bottles
Campus-wide paper and glass recycling
Recycling over 18,179 kg of materials in the first half of 2016
Green IT Policy
The University has established a Green IT Policy - an asset depreciation policy for all IT equipment and also has established useful lifecycles for IT equipment.
This policy provides an end to end solution by providing economies of scale to AUS through recycling electronic waste with an environmentally responsible supplier.
Technical Projects
Sustainable Construction
The Campus Service Center building was built incorporating sustainable design and energy efficient features.
AUS signed a MoU with Estidama to comply with the Pearl Rated System.
AUS to fulfill 2 Pearl Rated, performance criteria.
Sustainable Supply Chain
Supply Chain aims at minimizing environmental impacts and maximizing the economic and social benefits.
Embedding relevant sustainability criteria within its processes and practices.
Engaging current and potential suppliers and contracted parties and best practices in sustainability, while pursuing Value for Money.
Sustainability Campaigns
Sustainability Division aims to achieve behavioral change among the AUS community, therefore sustainability campaigns are designed for maximum engagement from the audience.

Sustainability communication platforms:
Monthly online blog post
Shocking fact of the week on social media
Posters around campus
Sustainability Steering Committee
Sustainability Division Webpage
Monthly Campus Events
Dormitory competitions


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Head of Sustainability

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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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