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
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 4.00 Rose Armour
Head of Sustainability
AUS Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

The AUS Strategic Plan 2020 - 2025 has themes and goals which directly address sustainability, such as,

Strategic Theme IV: Stewardship - Goal IV.2. Ensure that the management of resources is aligned with the strategic priorities of the university. Strategy IV.2.2. Implement energy saving and waste reduction initiatives.

Strategic Theme V: Engagement & Impact - Goal V.3. Commit to our responsibility and care for the environment. Strategy V.3.1. Implement initiatives and programs that engage the community in addressing the critical environmental challenges we face today.

Additionally, many of the other strategic themes, goals, and strategies can be used to address sustainability, even if not explicitly stated.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
No

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

AUS Strategic Plan 2020 - 2025
Strategic Theme II: Teaching & Learning
Goal II.1. Deliver responsive and relevant academic and extracurricular programs that prepare students who contribute to the development and betterment of society.

Strategy II.1.1. Provide curricular content and extracurricular experiences that enable students to recognize and address societal needs.

KPI: % of students who stated they had increased knowledge of sustainability based on classroom engagement.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

AUS Strategic Plan 2020 - 2025
Strategic Theme II: Teaching & Learning
Goal II.1. Deliver responsive and relevant academic and extracurricular programs that prepare students who contribute to the development and betterment of society.

Strategy II.1.1. Provide curricular content and extracurricular experiences that enable students to recognize and address societal needs.

KPI: % of participants who stated they were satisfied with AUS Sustainability's community/campus life activities.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Goal IV.2. Ensure that the management of resources is aligned with the strategic priorities of the university.

Strategic Theme IV: Stewardship

Goal IV.2. Ensure that the management of resources is aligned with the strategic priorities of the university.

Strategy IV.2.2. Implement energy saving and waste reduction initiatives.

% reduction of electricity consumption in faculty housing after issuance of electricity usage statements and conservation tips.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Goal IV.2. Ensure that the management of resources is aligned with the strategic priorities of the university.

Strategic Theme IV: Stewardship

Goal IV.2. Ensure that the management of resources is aligned with the strategic priorities of the university.

Strategy IV.2.2. Implement energy saving and waste reduction initiatives.

% reduction of electricity consumption in faculty housing after issuance of electricity usage statements and conservation tips.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Strategic Theme IV: Stewardship

Goal IV.2. Ensure that the management of resources is aligned with the strategic priorities of the university.

Strategy IV.2.2. Implement energy saving and waste reduction initiatives.

KPI: % of waste properly segregated in ESB building following outreach and education by AUS Sustainability staff and peer-to-peer education by EcoReps.

KPI: % of waste properly segregated in faculty housing following outreach and education by AUS Sustainability staff.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact Yes
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

AUS sits on the board of UN Global Compact UAE Local Network, which is a network of 130+ UAE companies (including AUS SBA) signed up to the Global Compact. As part of being a leader of the UNGC UAE Local Network group AUS students have been leaders in building out the “UNGC UAE Youth Program” as Youth Ambassadors. AUS materially supports by giving resources and representation from senior AUS faculty.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Please see Pages 32-38 in the attached AUS Environmental Management System Manual (R7) to reference Environmental Aspects, Objectives and Targets.

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