Sustainable development has become a flagship of development in Jordan. Such development offers an opportunity to create environmentally efficient built environment by using an integrated approach to design so that the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants is reduced. It uses energy and water efficiently; as it is constructed from sustainable materials that are renewable resources - can be reused or have been recycled; applies efficient systems and creates a healthy, comfortable and attractive indoor environment. Sustainability relates to a set of concepts other than environmental performance; it considers environmental, social and economic-, and requires thinking long-term and assuming responsibility to the future. Sustainable development is one of the most important opportunities for improvement; so the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Plan of Implementation suggested that governments are required to implement sustainable development. Therefore, sustainability has become a priority area for research in Jordan. Al-Ahliyya Amman University (AAU) sustainable development programme aims to establish a roadmap towards a green built environment, which will promote sustainable growth in Jordan.

Vision of the programme

Promote construction and capacity for creating a high performance built environment that is sustainable; comfortable; more energy and water efficient; and environmentally responsible, according to the Jordanian context.

Mission of the programme

Achieve the social, environmental and economic goals indicated in the vision by supporting and accelerating the adoption of green building construction, awareness, principles, education, policies, practices, standards and tools. This will help to create sustainable architecture and sustainable communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live, work and play.

Goals of the programme

• To promote environmentally-responsible design and building methods and solutions based on principles of green building in Jordan.
• To contribute to capacity building for researchers and students in AAU. ​
​ • To participate in community awareness towards sustainability.
​ • To build collaboration and establish new research links locally and internationally.

Action plan for AAU sustainable program

The AAU programme aims to facilitate sustainable development objectives- whether social, ecological, or economical- in Jordan and provide public recognition of AAU for leadership in sustainability. This concept introduces a methodology consists of four main components. These are technical procedure, capacity building, public awareness and joint projects. Under each of the components is a list of objectives relating to that component.


Al-Ahliyya Amman University is located between the capital Amman and the city of Al-Salt in a Mediterranean climate. The campus has a suburban setting, with an area of 185,000 m². Accademic Activties Occupy around 100,000 m². Additionally, the total main campus building footprint is around 22,476 m². The total number of regular students (part time and full time) is 5828. Furthermore, the number of academic and administrative staff is 646. Regarding finances, the university has a budget of around $31,664,714.

1. Setting And infrastructure

The total area on campus covered in forest vegetation exceeds 35% of its total area.
- Total area on campus covered in planted vegetation is around 15000m²
- Percentage of University budget for sustainability efforts within a year is between 5-10%

2. Energy And Climate Change

Courtyards which ​enhances social integration between students and acts as a ventilation for the buildings surrounded.
Green Belt:
Trees surrounding the university's campus in order to minimize the flaws and the dust of the un-favored wind through filtration, cooling the wind breeze while being used as a shadow source for students to walk under it on sunny days, and it operates as an isolation from the cars nearby.
Solar Panels:
The university has a solar power plant that generates more than 1500 kw of electricity.
Smart Features:
• 100% of lighting fixtures installed in the campus are LED lights.
• Smart features include smart identification cards for students entrance through smart gates.
• Smart card readers on lecture halls doors.
• Smart stickers for staff cars which allows them to enter the campus.
• Presence sensors in lecture halls.
• Indoor/Outdoor surveillance cameras installed all around the university.

3. Waste Management

At the AAU campus, There are many programs followed in waste treatment such as:
• Recycling Program for University Waste
• Program to Reduce the Use of Paper and Plastic on Campus
• Organic Waste Treatment
• Inorganic Waste Treatment
• Toxic Waste Treatment
• Sewage Disposal

4. Water Management

• Conserving more than 75% of water, through water conservation program implementation.
• Recycling more than 75% of water, through water recycling program implementation.
• Installation of more than 60% of water efficient fixtures.
• More than 75% of treated water is consumed.

5. Transportation

• A shuttle service is provided by University, regular, and free.
• Zero Emission Vehicles are available, but not provided by university.
• Bus service as an initiative to decrease private vehicles in campus.
• Pedestrian paths are available in campus.
• Number of buses :- (2) buses , each bus has a round every 30 minutes.
• Number of students subscribed in the bus service 2018/2019 :-
- First Semester (650) students.
- Second Semester (500) students.
- Summer Semester (200) students.
• Number of Employees subscribed in the bus service 2018/2019 is (55).

6. Education And Research

• Funds dedicated towards sustainability research in 2018/2019 140,000 $ :
• Number of courses with sustainability principles embedded within it : (32) course.
• Several events related to sustainability held in campus.



Formal Introduction To AAU Sustainable Programme

  • Teaching And Learning Center
  • 30 November 2019

You are cordially invited to attend the lecture on "Formal Introduction To AAU Sustainable Programme" in Nizar Qabbani Auditorium @ 10.30 AM organised by Teaching And Learning Center.

What Does Sustainability Mean To You?

  • Department of Architecture
  • 15 December 2019

You are cordially invited to attend the lecture on "What Does Sustainability Mean To You?" in HEC Center @ 11.00 AM organised by Department of Architecture.

How To Be Sustainable?

  • Department of Architecture
  • 16 March 2020

You are cordially invited to attend the lecture on "What Does Sustainability Mean To You?" in HEC Center @ 11.00 AM organised by Department of Architecture..

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