Land Resources and Ecosystem Management
The objectives are to enhance the well-being of JUST's community and promote ecological sustainability through a multifaceted approach. This includes fostering physical and social health, reducing pollution, encouraging physical activity, preserving wildlife habitats, and increasing contributions to agriculture. The strategy involves planting more trees, creating attractive social spaces, and engaging students and staff in planting campaigns. Additionally, the campus is focused on sustainable land use and irrigation practices, reducing negative impacts from unplanned infrastructure activities, and significantly increasing the use of eco-friendly herbicides and pesticides to reduce its environmental footprint.
- JUST Eco House: JUST's Eco House stands as a symbol of environmental innovation and sustainability. It serves as a dynamic platform for the exploration and application of sustainable technologies and practices. This innovative structure functions as a research laboratory, where sustainability principles are tested and developed. Through outreach programs and its integration into academic curricula, the JUST Eco House plays a pivotal role in promoting awareness and action toward sustainable living.
- Veterinary Health Center (VHC): The VHC, as an outpatient facility offering clinical services for both domestic and wild animals, indirectly supports the conservation of terrestrial life. A state-of-art veterinary teaching hospital has been open recently and expected to provide outstanding services in the protection of wild and domestic animals on campus and outside.
- Wildlife Conservation Efforts: The Veterinary Health Center and Veterinary Teaching Hospital play a vital role in preserving the biodiversity of the region. Their services extend to numerous wildlife species, with a significant portion of these services provided free of charge by university veterinary specialists. The artificial lake on campus, besides its rainwater collection function, serves as a refuge for wild and migrating birds.
- Prince Hamzah Natural Reserve: The Prince Hamzah Natural Reserve not only serves as a sanctuary for wild animals and avian species but also as a platform for teaching and research, exclusively accessible to JUST students.
- Genetic Conservation and Biodiversity of Plant Species: The conservation of plant species and their genetic diversity, as practiced at JUST by the Faculty of Agriculture, is a crucial aspect of land-based life conservation.
Research and Innovation
The objectives are to promote a culture of sustainability research and innovation among the university's community and provide support for these efforts among students, faculty, and staff. To achieve this, actions include developing incentives, integrating sustainability into awards and research projects, fostering innovative solutions, establishing a Sustainability Chair, organizing a Sustainability Day with technical support, and communicating sustainability principles to encourage participation in related activities.
Just hosts the Center of Excellence for Innovative Projects (https://www.just.edu.jo/centers/ceip/Pages/default.aspx) which aims to achieve sustainable development by providing the appropriate technical environment and supporting creativity and in various industrial and service fields. Furthermore, developing preliminary models for products that can be manufactured and marketed; or innovating services by incubating them as emerging companies that would later turn into small, independent, and productive companies thereby supporting the national economy by transforming into a knowledge-based economy in multiple, productive disciplines (https://www.just.edu.jo/Centers/ceip/Pages/Activities.aspx).
JUST also has been instrumental in fostering a diverse array of startup businesses and innovative ideas, all with the common goal of enhancing and supporting the economic growth of local communities. In this aspect, JUST has served as a catalyst for entrepreneurship, providing resources, mentorship, and opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs, thereby contributing to the prosperity and vitality of our local economies. These startups encompass a diverse range of innovative solutions, each contributing to various aspects of sustainability and environmental impact. From Smart Water Solutions' focus on tailored water solutions for Jordan's specific needs to eRecyclerHub's eco-friendly approach to recycling, these startups aim to address pressing environmental challenges while promoting economic growth and technological advancement. Whether it's Smart Green for AgriTech Solutions' digitization of agriculture, AquaOn's smart farming practices, or Eco-Incinerator JO's eco-friendly waste management, these startups are making substantial contributions to a greener and more sustainable future. Additionally, startups like CarGenie, Limonene, and EV Charger are revolutionizing transportation and waste management, while others like Way to Innovation (WTI) and ADADK are leveraging technology to conserve and manage water resources effectively. Furthermore, Water On Way (WOW) is transforming water delivery services through cutting-edge technologies, and startups like The Smart Irrigation System, IOT in water management (IWWM), and Atmospheric water generator (AquaPoro) are enhancing water management and sustainability efforts. These startups collectively represent a significant force in driving positive change in Jordan's environmental and economic landscape.
Industry Partnerships and Economic Growth
The Industry Liaison Department is part of the Consultative Center for Science and Technology at the JUST plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration between the university and the industrial sector to enhance national industries. It provides essential solutions and recommendations to address industry challenges through research, consultation, and technical expertise, while leveraging the university's resources and facilities for research and development. This department serves as a valuable partner for businesses seeking guidance and support in their pursuit of excellence and innovation.
The Industry Liaison Department is part of the Consultative Center for Science and Technology at the JUST (https://www.just.edu.jo/ar/Centers/ConsultativeCenter/Departments/LinkingWithIndustry/Pages/Projects-section.aspx) plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration between the university and the industrial sector to enhance national industries. It provides essential solutions and recommendations to address industry challenges through research, consultation, and technical expertise, while leveraging the university's resources and facilities for research and development. This department serves as a valuable partner for businesses seeking guidance and support in their pursuit of excellence and innovation.
Teaching and Learning
The objective is to introduce sustainability concepts into the university's curriculum, and the actions to achieve this goal involve adding sustainability courses to both required and elective options, conducting annual faculty workshops in collaboration with the Deanship of Academic Development and Quality Assurance, establishing sustainability forums and clubs, creating necessary infrastructure for sustainability education, offering opportunities for addressing real-world sustainability issues, promoting the integration of sustainability competencies throughout the academic curriculum, and providing training and incentives for faculty to incorporate sustainability into their courses, recognizing them as Sustainability Fellows or Ambassadors.
Furthermore, JUST is actively committed to promoting the dissemination of knowledge by offering free access to educational resources that cater to both local and global educational needs. Notably, the university has assumed a leadership role in ensuring equitable access to educational opportunities by hosting a diverse range of outreach educational activities for the wider community. These outreach initiatives play a vital role in igniting a passion for learning across various generations, as evidenced by the increasing number of first-generation students at JUST. The university offers a variety of outreach educational opportunities, paid or for free through 3 platforms:
Platform 1: Open Educational Resources (OER) Repository: Accessible through the university's Facebook Channel .
Platform 2: Maharat Platform: Provides a wide range of online courses, including subjects like Human Anatomy and Physiology, Computer Programming, Photoshop Basics, Microsoft Office applications, Research Ethics, Scientific Research Methods, and various healthcare-related topics.
Platform 3: The Consultative Center for Science and Technology (CCST): The CCST is considered as one of the most specialized centers in holding training courses and workshops (for students, faculty and community members), and providing and preparing consultancy, feasibility studies and necessary designs in many areas and disciplines of engineering, industrial, medical, health, pharmaceutical, veterinary, agricultural, technical, artistic, banking, administrative, educational and computer and information technology, and others to serve both the public and private sectors inside and outside Jordan in support of national industry.
The objectives are to increase the adoption of sustainability considerations in tenders and raise the percentage of environmentally-friendly materials purchased. The proposed actions involve implementing regulations to include sustainability conditions in procurement processes, prioritizing suppliers with a focus on social responsibility and sustainability, ensuring collaborative purchasing aligns with high standards, offering guidance and training for purchasing personnel, and reducing the procurement of materials and equipment already available within the university through better inventory management. These measures aim to enhance sustainability in the university's procurement practices.
JUST is committed towards adopting a
sustainable investment policy that is aligned with the university’s mission which is focused on
providing high quality education and research and leading the Jordanian society in advancement
towards sustainable development. JUST acknowledges its unique role as a leader in promoting
sustainability and addressing global challenges as outlined by the global sustainable development
goals (SDGs). By incorporating sustainability considerations into its investment decisions, JUST
can contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable economy and society and
consequently support investments and initiatives that prioritize environmental stewardship, social
equity, and good governance practices.
Health and Wellness Culture
The objective is to create a comprehensive, data-driven health and wellness program to enhance the well-being of students, staff, and faculty. The proposed actions involve integrating health and wellness into welcome events for new faculty, staff, and students, establishing regulations for managing health and wellness activities, providing information about campus walking paths, promoting gym memberships, expanding enrollment windows to include health and wellness fairs for flu shots and vital checks, encouraging early medical tests, advocating for healthy food choices at campus dining centers, and opening a wellness clinic on campus. These actions collectively aim to improve the health and wellness of the university community.
Health and Well-Being Activities
JUST has actively forged numerous partnerships with local, national, and international health organizations, fostering well-being through collaborative exchange programs, joint initiatives, and research networks. Moreover, the university supports community outreach programs led by dedicated staff and student volunteers, which provide counseling and education on a range of contemporary health issues and chronic diseases, thus contributing to the local community's welfare. JUST grants students access to on-campus sports facilities, either freely or at reduced rates. The public also can have access to these sport facilities especially the swimming pool, with reasonable prices.
Mental Health Clinic
The counseling office is the university's primary
facility for personal counseling and psychological outreach and consultation
services. Additionally, the university offers essential services to students and employees related to sexual health consultation and mental health awareness through its healthcare center and youth friendly clinic located on campus.
Youth Friendly Health Clinic
Youth Friendly Health Clinic. The Youth Friendly Clinic provides its services free of charge to JUST students in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial support. These services are provided in the form of one-to-one sessions and group activities.
In the realm of anti-smoking efforts, JUST vigorously enforces anti-smoking regulations on its premises, strictly prohibiting smoking. To underscore the gravity of this policy, newly enrolled students pledge their adherence to these regulations, which are reinforced annually and align with the Ministry of Higher Education's recommendations on creating smoke-free public facilities. JUST also provide support to students and staff to help them quit smoking through the family health clinic located at the healthcare center in Irbid. The university through its Anti-Smoking Committee has also launched several campaigns to encourage people within and outside campus to quit smoking.
Cultural and Entertainment Activities
JUST also recognizes the importance of entertainment activities in improving the overall quality of life. Beyond academic pursuits, the university offers a variety of entertainment activities aimed at promoting well-being and a balanced lifestyle among its students and faculty members. These activities provide opportunities for relaxation, recreation, and social interaction, ultimately contributing to a positive and enriching university experience.
The objectives are to increase the campus's renewable energy share and achieve net-zero emissions, and the proposed actions include integrating energy efficiency and green measures in new projects and buildings, expanding the solar farm to fulfill the campus's energy demands, gradually applying energy-efficient standards to existing buildings, implementing an electricity incentive scheme for reducing electricity consumption, monitoring and analyzing energy and carbon data, raising awareness and providing training for students and employees, optimizing heating and cooling operations for efficiency, and installing sub-meters for energy audit purposes. These actions aim to advance the campus's sustainability and carbon reduction efforts.
Climate Change and Carbon Foorprint
JUST's commitment to climate action is exemplified through the remarkable "Renewable Energy" project. This initiative harnesses the power of solar energy, boasting a substantial capacity of 5 megawatts. Even during the challenges posed by the pandemic in 2020, the project successfully generated 7,523,435 kilowatt-hours, representing a substantial 22.5% of the university's total energy requirements. Beyond the commendable energy production, the university's dedication to reducing its environmental impact is evident. In the last year, JUST managed to curtail its carbon footprint significantly, with carbon dioxide emissions lowered to less than 18,000 metric tons.
Sustainable Building Design
JUST is commitment to sustainable cities and communities is exemplified by our dedication to implementing smart building design and green buildings on our university campus. The university's commitment to sustainable building practices is evident through the integration of green building features in its architectural designs dating back to 1980, which include elements like sunlight breakers, natural light, and effective ventilation to minimize direct sunlight exposure. This commitment extends to new buildings, aligning with sustainable principles. Moreover, the university collaborates with UNICEF to explore innovative solutions for addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges in the region. In addition, the university has embraced smart building technologies, implementing a Building Management System (BMS) to efficiently monitor and control lighting, temperature, and alarm systems across its various sites. Building facades are strategically designed to optimize natural lighting and temperature comfort, with air conditioning systems programmed to halt at 23 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, engineering and medical college buildings are engineered to maximize natural lighting and ventilation, while fountains within courtyards contribute to cooling the university's surroundings. We also prioritize raising awareness and providing educational programs to local communities, fostering a collective understanding of green building designs for homes and structures.
Waste Management and Recycling Program
The objective is to transform the campus into a zero-waste environment by 2026 and beyond. To achieve this goal, the following actions are proposed: conducting a waste characterization study to gather data on waste types and amounts, forming volunteer teams composed of staff, faculty, and students for awareness and cleanup campaigns, enhancing the capabilities of housekeeping and transportation department employees in integrated waste management, installing proper solid waste sorting infrastructure, offering rewards and incentives to promote recycling among faculty and students, and implementing enforcement measures as needed to support the initiative.
JUST is dedicated to implementing the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) principle of recycling to minimize its environmental impact and enhance efficiency. They have established various sustainable practices, including a Recycling Program for University Waste, recycling of electronics, on-campus water purification and reuse, and off-campus treated water collection and reuse. Additionally, they have implemented a program to reduce the use of paper on campus, focusing on electronic communication and archiving. The organization also emphasizes the repair and reuse of equipment, furniture, and building materials. Furthermore, they have introduced the eRecycleHUB digital platform to connect waste generators and collectors, facilitating the buying and selling of recyclable materials, thereby promoting efficient recycling operations and reducing landfill waste.
Our ambitious goal is to transform our campus into a model example of sustainability by adopting multiple water supply alternatives and implementing cutting-edge water-efficient technologies. In 2019, our baseline data showed that we consumed 45 liters of fresh water per full-time equivalent (FTE) per day, with 193 cubic meters of fresh water used for irrigating each hectare of green space. To achieve our objectives, we aim to optimize rainwater utilization, minimize water losses, establish efficient water utilities, and reduce fresh water usage for irrigation. Our action plan includes storing rooftop rainwater for local irrigation and aesthetic purposes, maintaining our campus earth dam for enhanced rainwater collection, installing water meters for early leakage detection, monitoring water consumption data for potential savings, upgrading water-saving devices, implementing water efficiency awareness programs, adopting best practices for efficient irrigation, and increasing on-site stormwater collection infrastructure for irrigation purposes.
- Fresh water sources: The university addresses water scarcity through the operation of four artesian wells, three in Al-Hosn and Al-Naima regions, and one on the campus. Moreover, a dedicated water tower supplies buildings and facilities with fresh water from these groundwater wells, offering a cost-effective alternative to the Water Authority.
- Conservation of rainwater: Rainwater collection at Jordan University of Science and Technology involves several vital components. An artificial lake, strategically positioned at the estuary of Wadi Hassan, stores a substantial amount of water used for various purposes, including crop cultivation, tree care, and bird habitat. Additionally, an earthen dam in the southeast of the university grounds collects water to maintain the lake's water level and provide year-round irrigation.
- Water-efficient appliances usage: The university incorporates the renovation of water appliances and the installation of water-saving devices on taps as part of its sustainability policy, promoting the efficient use of water resources.
- Water pollution control: JUST University conducts regular tests on treated water to ensure it meets Jordanian specifications and standards for human consumption and agricultural use. The university has implemented systems to prevent polluted water from entering the water supply, including waste water management and microfiltration, as well as a wastewater treatment plant for recycling domestic wastewater, making it suitable for reuse.
The university's operation and maintenance unit engages in a collaborative effort with local companies, institutions, and factories to collect sewage for purification as part of its water recycling program. Leveraging the existing water purification system established when the university was founded in the 1980s, this initiative seeks to repurpose wastewater for agricultural use, a vital response to the increasing drought conditions induced by climate change. The treated water, meeting high quality criteria, is subsequently repurposed for various university needs including irrigation in agricultural activities, thereby promoting sustainable water management and conservation.
- Water recycling program: The university's operation and maintenance unit collaborates with local companies, institutions, and factories to collect sewage for purification. The existing water purification system, dating back to the university's establishment in the 1980s, is utilized to repurpose this wastewater for agricultural use, particularly crucial in the face of increasing drought conditions due to climate change.
- Reuse of treated water: JUST treats water from the Al-Hosn and Al-Naima wells, along with harvested rainwater, ensuring it complies with Jordanian drinking water standards. This treated water is reused to meet various university building needs and for irrigating crops.
JUST has implemented a comprehensive set of transportation policies aimed at reducing motor vehicle use on campus in alignment with government guidelines. These policies encompass the development of standardized transportation programs, meeting transportation needs, active community engagement, vehicle maintenance, and training programs for students. JUST is committed to sustainability and reducing environmental impact, employing large buses for on-campus student transportation, mass transportation for off-campus training, and the integration of group trips to lower operational costs. The university encourages cycling, provides zero-emission electrical cars, and emphasizes vehicle maintenance for reduced emissions. Additionally, JUST collaborates with environmental organizations for safe disposal of waste oils and old car batteries. These initiatives promote a greener and more sustainable campus environment.