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American University of Sharjah celebrates Earth Day 2018 with campaign to 'End Plastic Pollution'

Posted by AUS blog on Apr 22, 2018 3:38:58 PM

By Ryan Highland

Over the past 100 years, plastic has been integrated into our daily lives to the point it’s inescapable.  It can be found in all products we use from morning to night—from the soaps we use to wash our face to the pillows we sleep on.  However, the properties that make plastics so popular are the same that lead to serious consequences for humans and the environment, mainly the inability for plastic to biodegrade.  According to the BBC, 9.1 billion US tons of non-recycled plastic has been produced to date with 79 percent (5.5 billion US tons) accumulating in the landfills and natural environment.  By 2050, 13.2 billion US tons of plastic waste will litter Earth if our current behavior does not change. 

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Topics: Earth Day, End Plastic Pollution, Sustainable World, Sustainability, Environmental Awareness, Environment

Less plastic? That’s fantastic!

Posted by AUS blog on Apr 18, 2018 12:30:14 PM

By Rose Armour

Did you know that if each student, faculty member and staff member used 15 fewer plastic bags a month, 1 million fewer plastic bags would end up in the landfill each year?  In honor of Environmental Day 2018 and Earth Day 2018, AUS Sustainability will be giving away reusable AUS-branded canvas bags to encourage everyone to end plastic pollution. We are challenging students, faculty and staff to refuse plastic bags at the grocery store and other shopping outlets. It is an easy action that everyone can do to reduce the number of plastic bags in the landfills. Let’s do our part.

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Topics: Sustainability, Environmental Day, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Awareness, Earth Day, End Plastic Pollution, Sustainable World

American University of Sharjah holds Environmental Day

Posted by AUS blog on May 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

By Tayiba Ahmed

To help create a world that is sustainable, American University of Sharjah (AUS) strives to promote sustainability on campus. Students are encouraged to recycle through the university’s recycling campaign, as well as to think about how they can help reduce energy use and conserve water. These initiatives reflect the university’s mission to educate and transform the AUS community by encouraging collaborative relationships among students, staff, faculty and community members to explore and implement the required changes to create a sustainable campus.

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Topics: Environment, Environmental Awareness, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Sustainable World, Emirates Environment Group, American, American University, American University of Sharjah, Recycling, Environmental Day

Little hands building a sustainable future at AUS

Posted by AUS blog on Mar 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

By Ashwatha Mahesh

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

—Benjamin Franklin

This quote was reflected during the recent Recycling Art Event that AUS Sustainability conducted for children in the American University of Sharjah community. Not only did the children use their creative talents in creating artwork from waste materials, they learned an important lesson in sustainability.

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable World, Environment, American University of Sharjah, American University, American

How to Start Your Semester Sustainably

Posted by AUS blog on Feb 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

By Ashwatha Mahesh

A bright start awaits you as you arrive on campus for the new semester, refreshed from the holidays. AUS Sustainability warmly welcomes you, providing you with a few simple ways to make your semester enjoyable, productive and sustainable.

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Topics: AUS, Sustainability, Sustainable World, Recycling

AUS strives to help create a more sustainable world

Posted by AUS blog on Jun 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

By Reem Deeb

As human beings, there are many things that we take for granted. Things that we don’t think much about. Things that we assume that no matter what, they will always be there for us. We get up in the morning, go about our daily businesses and come back at the end of the day, wrap the day and go to sleep just to wake up and start all over again. We live days, weeks, months and even years without paying attention for these things that we take for granted, thinks like the air we breathe, the environment around us and the energy we consume to mention a few.

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Topics: American University of Sharjah, AUS, American University, America, Sustainability, Sustainable World, Energy Saving

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