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  • Energy and Emissions: While the University historically has relied heavily on nonrenewable fuels and we realize their negative impacts on the environment. As a Catholic university, we strive to be responsible stewards of the Earth and its resources. We strive to respect all the people with whom we share the planet and to leave a legacy for generations far into the future. In our endeavor to act as good stewards, the University intends to reduce its energy consumption through conservation and efficiency and by switching from diesel private energy generators into cleaner and renewable sources of energy, such as Photovoltaic Solar Electric Arrays and solar water heating system. Although it is not economically or operationally feasible to immediately discontinue all fuel use, we can strive to lessen the negative impact of our energy use by reducing our energy demand, increasing our energy efficiency, and increasing the percentage of our energy fueled by renewable and sustainable energy sources. To this end, we have developed a number of energy and emission strategies
  • Waste: The University’s current goals are to divert 50% of all waste by the end of 2017 and 95% by 2022; we should continue to work toward these goals. Although the University has been actively combating waste on a number of fronts, there is much opportunity for improvement, including moving toward setting an informed goal

  • Improve campus-wide single-stream recycling:
  • Increased single-stream recycling rate to approach the overall University objectives
  • Mapped and tracked current recycling signs and containers in campus buildings and facilities
  • Standardizing signage and containers for ease of use
  • Conducted routine and standardized waste and recycling audits in more specific areas
  • Increased recycling and diversion at all events by creating a data baseline, working on packaging and service ware options, and improving messaging
  • Tracked and reported single-stream diversion rates by more specific type and user group
  • Increased accountability and responsibility of all campus divisions for measurable increased recycling, decreased waste production, and decreased waste sourcing

  • “Go Green, Before Green Goes”: For many years the University has acted to inspire and encourage environmental sustainability, both academically and administratively, through the implementation of hybrid petrol-electric vehicles since 2010, energy conservation measures across facilities, the design and construction of LEED-certified buildings like the Medical building, and the establishment of the Office of Sustainability, academic and research centers



  • Environmental Club planted 300 trees in the last three years. 100 in Nabatiyeh, 100 in Kchag (Mansouriyeh), and 100 in Anjar
  • Environmental Club distributed paper recycling bins to every office at Haigazian University
  • Environmental Club did several workshops to school students about the importance of upcycling
  • We cleaned the Jera7iyeh Refugee Camp in Al Marej area and raised awareness among its habitats
  • We installed the RVM machine in collaboration with Atria on February 2016 and 5312 plastic bottles were recycled in March 2016
  • We participated in Earth Hour on March 19,2016 with Up-cycled items made from bottle caps. Some of the items were: Lamp, chandelier, clock, trash can, key chains, curtain, and purse. A total of 5000 bottle caps were used
  • Using alternative energy sources (using photovoltaic cells and using steam from power generation for heating). Recent installation of photovoltaic cells on the roof of Bechtel and Science Research Building
  • Improving the recycling program through installing 6 reverse vending machines and implementing the Red and Blue recycling program throughout campus buildings
  • Introducing electrical cars on campus and encouraging the use of bicycles for commuting by installing bicycle racks across all AUB gates
  • Installing energy efficient and water saving devices and fixtures in new buildings and some existing buildings
  • Installing high efficiency HVAC systems in many buildings
  • Installing high efficiency lighting systems in all new projects and use of LED lights
  • Developing a strategy for “AUB towards zero waste” through working on greening our purchases, operations and events and improving our recycling infrastructure
  • Installing Reverse osmosis units to reduce the purchase of water tankers for domestic water use and use treated water for drinking to reduce water bottles consumption
  • Developed a guide on how to be a Green Aubite
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  • Fully using both sides of papers (as back papers are used  for internal draft circulation)
  • Working towards shredding fully used paper to be sent for recycling
  • Sorting out cardboard, plastic, and glass holders for recycling
  • Urging all our students and staff to participate in waste sorting
  • Making all students residing in dorms sort out all waste
  • Setting special bins all over campus for the purpose of waste sorting
  • Soliciting LGU cafeteria to sort out waste as part of our green endeavor
  • Making students participate regularly in the university initiative for “Sea cleaning campaigns”
  • Instructing our maintenance team to make sure all lighting and AC units are switched off when staff members are out of the offices, in meeting rooms, or classes
  • Gradually replacing all bulbs with led lighting and old taps with push-on ones to save water



  • For the newer buildings a lot of effort has being done to save and build around the trees growing on campus wherever possible, and replacing the ones lost to construction in green areas around campus
  • Minimizing paper waste by installing automatic hand dryers
  • Installing environmentally friendly features including but not limited to solar panels and using solar power in the new and in the existing buildings
  • Adding over 10,000 spm open green spaces to the Zahleh-Nabi Ayla campus
  • All hot water on our Zahleh campus is solar powered
  • We are studying the possibility of installing solar panels to cover all electricity needs for the Zahleh campus by 2017
  • All exterior lights and projectors on the Zahleh campus were replaced by LED lights in 2015
  • Installing energy saving LED lights and projectors throughout
  • 80% of paper used in our Zahleh campus is recycled
  • Starting massive recycling efforts on all three campuses
  • Consistent and regular awareness campaigns around Reducing, Recycling and Reusing on all three campuses
  • Teaming up with Arcenciel for our recycling efforts on all 3 campuses



  • Installing energy- efficient lighting: Azm University is a young academic institute with plans to grow in programs, facilities, and campus area. The current building is fitted with energy efficient lamps and variable speed drives for HVAC systems and water pumps. Same will be implemented in new buildings
  • Integration of environment- related courses in the undergraduate curricula
  • Effective roof and walls insulation; being a modern recently built structure, the current building has upgraded walls and roof insulations that save on heating and cooling operations
  • Reducing paper consumption by printing on both sides
  • Recycling of papers and glass; a program has been set to collect and send papers and glass for recycling
  • Budget is allocated for students clubs to carry out activities that promote environmental awareness amongst students and the community in general

  • Future plans: 
  • Installing PV modules on the rooftop to generate clean electricity, cut on the electricity bill, and reduce emissions from the standby diesel generator
  • The University is committed to match the national and international standards of providing an average of 4m2 green area per student in the expansion plan of the campus
  • All the new buildings will match all the requirements for the Green building labels
  • Providing bicycles racks in the parking lot to encourage cycling amongst students
  • Conducting regular awareness campaigns amongst the university community and the local community in general about the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle



  • “Sustainability” and “concern for the common good” are among the core values rooted in the mission statement of Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU)
  • In collaboration with specialized NDU faculty members and eco-consultants, all on- and off-campus sustainable development, CSR, and green awareness campaigns as well as conferences and student projects are aimed at encouraging faculty members, staff, students, and NDU stakeholders to become even more environmentally responsible
  • Newly-constructed buildings and buildings in the final stages of construction at the University are green buildings such as the Ramez G. Chagoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Design, FAAD
  • NDU formed a specialized Recycling Committee to deal with Waste Management, and the University administration tasked this committee with the responsibility of developing a strategy that would soon result in zero waste
  • Recycling bins are distributed everywhere across all three NDU campuses
  • On-Campus Waste Management: collecting and sorting materials, and delivering the waste to recycling specialists
  • Internal Paper Recycling System
  • Solar Heating Panels for NDU Student Dorms
  • Using LED lights to reduce energy consumption during working hours, and also using motion sensor-equipped LED lights to reduce overall energy use and consumption
  • Faculty members and staff are asked to turn off electronic devices, lights, and AC units to reduce power consumption during closing hours
  • All standby generators are installed with Night Mode system, with the exception of one standby generator per zone
  • NDU is in the process of going paperless by consecutively introducing workflows on its intranet to reduce paper use
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