Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.78
Liaison Rose Armour
Submission Date May 6, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

American University of Sharjah
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Julia Carlow
Sustainability Project Coordinator
Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

American University of Sharjah is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

https://www.aus.edu/media/news/aus-becomes-the-first-university-in-the-mena-region-to-receive-stars-rating-for


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

American University of Sharjah is an active member of the Sustainable Campus Initiative, hosted by the Environmental Agency - Abu Dhabi. This is a local university network which aims
- to support university students in assessing and continually addressing their environmental impact on their campuses through campus audits
- to assist university students in identifying and addressing an issue of sustainability in the community by undertaking a Sustainability Action project ( SAP)
- to provide a platform for youth to network within the country through a monthly Green Youth Majlis
- to facilitate collaboration with global and regional youth sustainability networks through youth events and conferences

https://www.ead.gov.ae/en/join-the-movement/schools-and-campuses/become-a-sustainable-campus


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AUS Sustainability presented at the First National Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings for Universities in the UAE, hosted by University of Sharjah in September 2020.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHVVXRy2KiM


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

American University of Sharjah submits a yearly Green Campus Audit (GCA) and a Sustainable Action Project (SAP) for the Sustainable Campus Initiative.
Submitted Projects in academic years 2018/19 and 2019/20 both won best GCA.

https://www.aus.edu/media/news/aus-wins-best-green-campus-audit-at-abu-dhabi-environment-agencys-sustainable-campus-initiative

In addition the AUS School of Business Administration facilitates students' participation in the Hult Prize Startup Challenge for Social Entrepreneurship competition every year.

https://www.aus.edu/media/news/repurposing-fresh-food-peels-as-chips-wins-aus-hult-prize-competition-2020


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

A staff member of AUS Sustainability is currently appointed to the AASHE Advisory Council. This is a two year term, starting in January 2021.
https://www.aus.edu/media/news/aus-sustainability-official-becomes-menas-first-appointee-to-aashe-advisory-council


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

In 2021, a team of students from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) organized the inaugural Higher Education Climate Dialogues (HECD). Hosted by NYUAD in a virtual format, the event was held on April 11-12, 2021 and it was the first of its kind student-led conference in the UAE focused on advancing sustainability in higher education across three pillars: academia, campus operations and campus culture. The conference provided a space for students, administration, staff, faculty and other stakeholders to exchange best practices for sustainability in higher education, network with
each other and inspire future actions. Participants hailed from 34 universities of which 8 were from the UAE and 26 were from abroad. The universities in attendance include: New York University Abu Dhabi, American University of Sharjah, Zayed University, Khalifa University, Sultan Qaboos University (Oman), University of Toronto (Canada), and Georgetown University (USA).


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