Sustainability and Higher Education

Nowadays, higher education is taken into consideration as one of the leading global industries, which plays a critical role in nations’ ability to compete and succeed. The power in higher education might well influence on the political power balance around the world. Therefore, a large number of countries, particularly the developed ones, develop and adjust their macro policies in order to improve and reinforce their higher education.

It is obvious that the future orientation of higher education is under the influences of several driving forces. Many authorities believe that sustainable development is a major driving force that can change the universities’ performance toward co-creating a sustainable world. Analyzing the different universities performance shows that nowadays, this transition is taking place so that “co-creation for sustainability” is an emerging mission for universities.

In recent years, Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) has created a strong linkage between sustainable development and higher education by changing its main strategies to achieve sustainable development goals. Office of sustainability as a pioneer has tried to embed sustainability in AUT and then implement in society. “Sustainability and Higher Education Group” has played a facilitative role in achieving the goals through:

1.Monitoring the sustainability activities in different universities with a global view

2.Providing a green strategic framework based on futures studies and sustainability principles with respect to long-term future of AUT

3.Combination of sustainability and futures studies with others fields, and

4.Holding sustainability and higher education conferences

Moreover, future plan of this group are:

 

1.Analyzing and assessing sustainability in Iranian universities

  1. Creating an information network between different components of higher education in Iran
  1. Back casting scenarios for sustainable AUT 2030
  1. Drawing a flexible roadmap to achieve the sustainable scenarios for AUT 2030

Installing Safety Signs for Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

HSE group of office installed Safety Signs for Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of AUT as pilot on 13 April, 2014. This signs were prepared by supporting DallaneSabz Co. from Shiraz. Mr. Baesi offer our signs. Ms. Shirani also take some photo of them. Attached file is report in detailed of this (in Persian).

19th national conference by Iranian society of environmentalists

Writer

Shahab Karimifard

Location: 

Sharif University of Technology

Date: 

01-02 March 2014

Abstract: 

You can download our report from 19th national conference by Iranian society of environmentalists with a particular approach about Lake Urmia in here.

Special thanks to Ali Hajmoradi, Neda Eskandari, Nazanin Azimi, Sepideh Taheri, Alireza Baesi, Maryam Mahmoodabadi & Arsalan Zahedi Rad.

Our report from 5th National Conference on Water Management

Writer(s): Shahab Karimifard
Location: Shahid Beheshti University, Shahid Abbaspour Technical College
Date: 19-20 Feb. 2014

Abstract:

You can download our report from 5th National Conference on Water Management with a particular approach about Lake Urmia in here.

Special thanks to Ali Hajmoradi, Neda Eskandari, Atiyyeh Najafi, Atousa Poursheikhali, Mehrdad Ahmadi, Ghazal Shabestanipour & Nazanin Azimi.

Attachment: FINAL REPORT

The Urmia Lake Committee was formed

You can follow our group’s activities here:

1) Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply

2) Lake Urmia presentation

3) Our report from Saving Lake Urmia conference in University of Tehran

4) Our report from 5’th National Conference on Water Management

5) Our report from 19th national conference by Iranian society of environmentalists

6) Virtual Water Trading in Lake Urmia’s Basin

7) Integrated attitude (SES) towards saving Lake Urmia

 Lake Urmia Group Members:

 

Shahab Karimifard

Ali Hajimoradi

Mehrdad Ahmadi

Sepide Tehrani

Alireza Baezi

Ghazale Shabestanipour

-Arsalan Zahedi Rad

– Nazanin Azimi

– Neda Eskandari

– Obalit Behboo

– Maryam MahmoudAbadi

– Masoud Naderzadeh

– Farshid Shooshtarian

– Milad Edrisi

– Farhad Rahmani

– Bagher Mohammadi

– Atousa Poursheikhali

– Sepideh Oladzaad

– Amir Riyahi

– Alireza Anjaam

– MohammadSadegh Mirzaei

– Seyyed Taghi Seyyed-Safavian

Celebration of Two Years Anniversary of AUT’s Office of sustainability

The anniversary of AUT’s office of sustainability was held in Amirkabir university of Technology. Dr. Maknoon, Dr. Golroo and Mr. Nikravan thank members who help in this office during last two and half years. In addition, the coordinator of groups gave a lecture about their groups and explain their plans for future of AUT’s office of sustainability.
Moreover, two new and well educated students, Mr. Azadegan and Mr. Nazlabadi, introduced as partners to continue the strategy of office in next two years.

Environment and challenges of Iran in the future

Amirkabir University of Technology Research Institute for Future Studies holds:

A series of seminars by the Institute for Future Studies in collaboration with the Department of Futurology Engineering

“Future World: Opportunities and Challenges for Iran”

The title of the seventh session:

Environment and challenges of Iran in the future

Presented by: Dr. Reza Maknoon

Includes presentations and questions and answers

Time and place:

Sunday: May 28, 2013 at 15:30-18

Professor Salimi Hall, -1st floor, Farabi building

Steps of implementing occupational safety and health management system in student dormitories

University and student are the main assets and axes of scientific, cultural and social development of the country and the student dormitory as the second home of the student is of special importance in promoting spiritual vitality, maintaining mental and physical peace, developing thought, character development and increasing the educational quality of students.

For the first time in Iran, design and implementation of safety and health management system under OHSAS18001: 2007 standard in dormitories of Amirkabir University of Technology in order to prevent accidents and protect students’ lives and property, facilitate and improve life in dormitories, develop and implement regulations guiding and transparent criteria were performed with the aim of observing individual and collective rights, strengthening the spirit of responsibility and self-confidence by using students’ opinions, providing health, health and safety.

OHSAS 18001: 2007 has been developed to respond to the urgent need of organizations for a standard of occupational health and safety management system by which they can evaluate and emphasize their management system. This standard is divided into two parts, the first part includes specifications Based on which a certificate is obtained and the second part which is a guide to implement an occupational health and safety management system.

The issues that were considered with the implementation of the dormitory standardization plan and the establishment of a safety and health management system are:

  1. Increasing the safety factor of dormitories
  2. Accident prevention
  3. Identify and evaluate safety and health risks and provide solutions
  4. Control of physical, chemical and biological harmful factors
  5. Measurement of ergonomic factors and reduction of stressors
  6. Noise measurement and control
  7. Lighting measurement and control
  8. Measurement of cold, heat and humidity
  9. Develop and implement emergency response plans (fire, earthquake, etc.) to prepare students for disasters, natural disasters, etc.
  10. Compilation and implementation of periodic safety and health audits in dormitories
  11. Periodic evaluation of the compliance of safety and health in dormitories with international standards
  12. Holding training courses in the field of safety and health and raising the level of information and awareness of students
  13. Promoting the reputation of the university in public and internationally
  14. Providing healthy and effective competition between universities and improving the level of safety and health in dormitories

Benefits of obtaining a safety and health management system certification

  1. Develop a planned and documented approach to health and safety.
  2. A clear safety management structure is created that defines the scope of responsibilities
  3. Awareness and knowledge about health and safety increases.
  4. A safer and healthier living environment is created for students.
  5. The risk of accidents and diseases is reduced.
  6. Time lost due to illness and injuries to students is reduced
  7. Costs to pay damages and possible fines will be reduced.

Implementation steps of safety and health management system based on OHSAS 18001: 2007 standard in Amirkabir University of Technology

Assessing the health-safety status: One of the best possible ways to assess the current situation in an organization is its compliance with one of the world standard models. In this regard, in checking the health-safety status of the dormitories, checklists in accordance with the requirements of OHSAS 18001: 2007, which can cover the relevant purposes, have been used.

System design: When designing a safety and health management system, relevant documentation is done. These documents are in the form of executive procedures, work instructions, regulations, safety and health policy.

Establishment of the system: After the documentation and implementation of the safety and health management system in the dormitories, according to the design, was done. At this stage, the records of the implementation of the system for preparing and measuring harmful pollutants in the dormitory environment were done. Internal audit of the safety and health management system was performed for self-assessment at this stage, and after eliminating the non-compliance of the internal audit, the preparations for certification were provided.

Obtaining certification: At this stage, reputable international certification companies were invited to issue certificates, and after the final audit stage by the certification company, the certification stage was performed and the dormitories of Amirkabir University of Technology in March 2008 succeeded in receiving International certificate OHSAS 18001: 2007.

Publication of LEED Regulations, a reference for environmental rating of buildings by Amirkabir University of Technology

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which was developed under the auspices of the American Green Building Association and is implemented in this country and some other countries (such as Canada, India, etc.) is in fact a response to Countries are concerned about the importance of the construction industry with an approach to solving environmental problems, including global climate change, uneconomical and misuse of natural resources, as well as threats to human health. The initial move to grant LEED certification to buildings is in fact a move towards sustainable development in the construction industry and quantification of the concept of green building.
In translating this regulation, an attempt has been made to use appropriate Persian equivalents that have been in various books or suggested by experts. Also, some of the corrections that the authors think need further explanation are written in a footnote or listed for further study. You can download the full details of this book from this link.

Those who are interested can purchase this book from the bookstore of Amirkabir University of Technology, located next to Valiasr Door (contact number +98-21-664988868).

AUT Office of Sustainability Newsletter: Issue 1, Spring 2012

This issue of AUT Office of Sustainability Newsletter include:

  1. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a rating systems for green building.
  2. sequencing batch reactors (SBR), industrial processing tanks for the treatment of wastewater.

You can download the newsletter from the publications section of the website.