The Sustainable campus audit framework

This Sustainable Campus Audit framework would provide a structure to help translate the goal of academic sustainability programmes to what it could actually mean on ground for young people learning at colleges and university campuses within the UAE.

 It is meant to enable the participating colleges / university communities to look at sustainability in the context of their own campus resource base. Based on the audit undertaken campuses are expected to set targets and strive to become resource efficient. The audit framework will also assist the youth to examine the sustainability quotient at an individual, institutional and the community level. This will urge the youth to take the lead on extending its benefits and outcomes to the community beyond the confines of the college / university. The concept of 'learning by doing’ is at the heart of the framework and the processes it recommends.

Themes for the audits:

This Audit framework covers five major resources i.e. Water, Climate, Land, Energy and Solid waste. The manual contextualizes these resource use for the youth from the global to the local perspective and calls for a strong campus based measurement and action.

Support for the audit process:

Registered campuses would be provided standardized manual, which can be downloaded from the website after due log in process. An annual training workshop will be conducted by EAD for interested youth from registered colleges. Campuses are expected to initiate the process during their first year by setting a baseline of their resource use and then on a yearly basis set targets and improve their institution’s environmental performance and increase their handprint in comparison to their footprint

Reporting and evaluation

Each year participating campuses are expected to submit and upload the results of the audit and mitigation processes, (if any undertaken). Proof and evidence of enhanced environmental performance should be uploaded for consideration of the excellence awards 

While it is preferred for the registered campuses to cover all tasks and resource (for 5 components mentioned above) assessments outlined in the manual, it is however not mandatory. However, for the recognition of excellence an exhaustive audit of all resource use mentioned above is preferred.

Previous Event

The Sustainable Campus Ceremony 2017
  • Date: November 1, 2017
  • Location: Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex
  • Venue: Borouge Auditorium (Borouge Tower)

"The Sustainable Campus Initiative would help empower our youth to become leaders in sustainability"

Fozeya Al Mahmoud- Director, Environmetnal Outreach Division, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi



"With their energy, enthusiasm and positive outlook, youth could be the major game changers in working towards and achieving sustainability"

Ahmad Baharoon- Executive Director, Environment Information, Science and Outreach, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi

"We believe that youth engaged with sustainability concerns could be great enablers in helping secure the wellbeing of our environment, and in providing a safe future for our country."

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak – Secretary General – Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi

"The true wealth of a nation lies in its youth…one that is equipped with education and knowledge and which provides the means for building the nation and strengthening its principles to achieve progress on all levels."

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

"A country's greatest investment lies in building generations of educated and knowledgeable youth."

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

"Despite the educational achievements, the educational process is an ever-growing challenge in need of meticulous planning and rigorous efforts of program development in order to keep up with modern technology and the fast-paced technological advancement."

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - The President of UAE

© 2014 Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
Get connected: