Practices of Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutions: Case Study of Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan
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Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan (ZUJ) has recently carried out a large-scale sustainable energy project in an attempt to reduce its operational expenses. This comes as the university is seeking a sustainable campus in the areas of water, energy use and waste management. A number of sustainable development projects have been completed in the last four years and their benefits are just being realized. This paper will focus on these projects and cover their impact in terms of energy savings, sustainability advancement and environmental preservation. An economic analysis of energy savings that resulted from the installation of photovoltaic panel is also presented. In addition, the university had also adopted an irrigation system which utilizes reclaimed water from its wastewater treatment plant. The university also uses a network of dripping perforated pipes to water the vegetation on its campus. The education and awareness of sustainable development is also being disseminated among the students and faculty to create a partnership in sustainable development throughout the campus aimed at implementing a solid waste management plan. The university had also invested in energy efficient light fixtures, and smart appliances in the air conditioning and heating. This paper will detail the practices of the university in this sustainable development transformation. This research is intended to document sustainable development engineering projects which encompasses lean management and aimed at reducing cost and waste.
KeywordsEnergy Sustainable development Smart appliances Waste management
The authors would like to acknowledge the valuable contributions of Mr. Emad Hamdan, the financial manager of Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, who helped to provide important data and had contributed vital statistics to this study.
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