Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.78
Liaison Julia Carlow
Submission Date May 6, 2021
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STARS v2.1

American University of Sharjah
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Julia Carlow
Acting Head of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Vendor sourcing standards for plastic packaging alternatives

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Leading up to the AUS Single-Use-Plastic (SUP) ban in 2020, AUS Sustainability set up comprehensive sourcing standards to support on campus vendors in the procurement of plastic alternatives to comply with the ban of petroleum based plastics on campus. After initial talks with on campus vendors we realized a need for pro-active communication and engagement with our vendors to increase end-to-end transparency in their packaging sourcing process in order to achieve the desired outcome of the SUP ban. This is why we set out to create a comprehensive sourcing standard guide for our vendors and scheduled a series of workshops to support them in the different phases of the packaging sourcing process. During this process we realized that independent, local vendors faced less challenges in adjusting their packaging supply chain than vendors affiliated to large, global franchising corporations like Starbucks, Subway and Burger King. Through continuous meetings with senior management of the respective franchises we managed to positively impact the packaging sourcing process for their entire regional operation and were happy to see that the SUP ban at AUS could have a bigger impact beyond the campus premises. Effectively, large chains like Subway and Burger King started to remove plastic packaging and eating utensils from their entire outlet portfolio and replaced them with paper, bamboo or corn-starch based products.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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