In accordance with the University’s mission and
its commitment to continuous improvement of the campus environment and
sustainability, the Civil Engineering department established two main environmental
projects the past three years that are aimed to control the environmental
impacts of the campus and contribute to a national quest for conserving scarce
resources. In 2018, a small-scale greywater project started assessing the
volumes and quality of greywater from one of the student’s bathrooms in the
Engineering building. The project’s main goal was to evaluate the feasibility
of installing greywater collection systems to all of the University’s bathrooms
for later irrigation usage and to calculate the overall savings in fresh water
consumption. A second stage of the greywater project is expected to start by
the beginning of the year 2022, where greywater will be collected from all
bathrooms within the university buildings for the irrigation purposes.
ASU Campus showing Faculty of Engineering building.
In 2017, a solid waste recycling project started to distribute recycling bins around the Engineering building to regularly measure the diverged volumes of generated waste and assess the efficiency of source separation.
In 2019, the project was expanded to cover the entire campus area, and a local contractor was tasked to collect, measure and sort out the waste produced by the university. The amount of waste produced by the university for that year was estimated to be at 112 mt with almost 34% of that waste was recyclable materials.
In year 2020, the process continued for the first quarter of the year and due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national shift to online teaching, the volumes of generated, recycled, and landfilled waste dropped to as low as 29.5, 10, and 19.5 mt; respectively.
The project is expected to go back to its full capacity during the academic year 2021-2022, where new contracts with more local recycling companies will be sought which will allow the University to actually achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to current management options of waste landfilling. The Civil Engineering department is planning on conducting lectures to raise awareness to global environmental issues that are directly related to solid waste management that will intensify the recycling behavior on campus and enhance the source separation quality.
In-door marked trash cans
Out-door marked trash cans