Social Responsibility


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The Hashemite University (HU) is named after the Jordanian Royal family — the Hashemites — and was established by a Royal Decree in June of 1991, and accepted its first students in 1995. Over the last 20 years, HU has expanded its academic and research profile to reach thirteen (15) faculties and one institute with more than 225 laboratory in different colleges, all equipped with the latest technological equipment. Even more impressive is the university's increase in the number of admitted students, which has exceeds 26,000 students enrolled in 53 undergraduate programs and 27 Master programs at the beginning of the academic year 2016/2017.

The Hashemite University's current administration, headed by Professor Kamal Eddin Bani-Hani, has adopted a comprehensive strategy for environmental management, which is directed towards a green campus and mitigate climate change.

The strategy is multi-faceted spectrum of practices, enabled and implemented throughout the campus. These practices were realized into the fabric of the campus, in all infrastructure projects and real estate expansion, along with all social and academic procedures. The university believes that the model it has set forth has high replicability, due to its economic feasibility and mitigation of environmental affects and effects.

The university's environmental sustainability strategy is currently the leader in Jordan public- and private-sectors' institutions (especially in photovoltaics), and is one of the leaders in the region, with many of its expertise being transferred to several projects in Jordan and in the region.

This strategy can be summarized as the following spectrum of practices:





                                       RENEWABLE ENERGY

The Hashemite University has implemented a 5 MWp photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy project that achieved 100% energy independence for the university. The project is implemented in two parts: Grid-Connected Project with 1,018 kWp realized as Pedestrian Walkways and Carparks, and a 4,016 kWp realized as a medium voltage solar farm.

The project aims to enhance the urban experience in the university and transform it to an open technology and engineering laboratory, by integrating renewable energy technology and building materials within the social fabric of the university campus. The project includes a series of structures that provides outdoor shaded areas for the campus users (who exceed 27,000) and their vehicles.

The design of the shaded pedestrian walkways and car canopies called for revealing the different technology elements to the campus users, in order to achieve maximum technological daily experience, reinforcing the technology transfer concepts, and bonding the campus students to the renewable energy vocabulary and competency. This contributes to HU role and ethical commitment towards its community and stakeholders in environmental sustainability.

Moreover, the university has implementedphotovoltaic renewable energy stations in each of the newly constructedexpansion projects. These include the following:

The new Southern Student Complex Hall: 200 kWpPV stations realized as rooftop and carparks.

The new Northern Student Complex Hall: 300 kWpPV stations realized as rooftop and carparks.

The new Pharmaceutical Sciences Hall: 225 kWprealized as rooftop and carparks.

The new Civil Defense Building: 30 kWp realizedas rooftop.

The new Structural Systems Laboratory: 15 kWprealized as walkway.

The new Water Desalination Plant: 51 kWprealized as rooftop.

HU is also planning to expand its walkways andcarparks by another 2 MWp. This will add 10,000 m2 to the already existingshaded area currently implemented, along with 300 more covered car parks, addto the existing 178 currently implemented carparks.

Photovoltaics have been proven, after numerouspeer-reviewed studies, to be the most economically suitable renewable energytechnology to be implemented in the campus area. The campus has installedseveral technologies, including thin-film, and tracking mechanisms.

Other source of renewable energy practices areused, including solar thermal applications to provide heated water to thebuildings and heating the indoor swimming pool.

The university is also experimenting with employing geothermal sources as a drivingsource of renewable energy to provide cooling for the currently existing buildings



                                       ENERGY EFFICIENCY


The Hashemite University environmental sustainability policy focused on achieving sufficiency and sustainability through energy reduction practices, along with energy efficient approaches, building techniques, and electromechanical devices.

These measures wereemployed in all of the new building expansion in campus (with more than 70,000m2) of newly added building area.

These practices aredivided into categories: passive and active.

Passive energy efficiency measures focus on harnessing the natural resources in the campus area to create comfortable conditions for the campus users, especially indoors,including the following techniques used throughout the campus:

Building envelope andmaterials: The choice of building materials, thermal insulation, windowslocation and double glazing, accessibility and exit doors, were designedfollowing universally leading green construction guidelines, with the objectiveof creating arid-region tolerable buildings; minimizing thermal swings insidethe building through thermal insulation.

Building Orientation:The location of buildings, landscape, and orientation took into considerationthe movement of the sun, and wind direction in the area, allowing for creatingthermally-acceptable living conditions in and around the buildings.

Louvers andsun-breakers (illustrated in the image): south-facing windows were fitted withextruding louvers, which allows to break the direct sunlight from entering thebuilding during summer days, whereas allowing it to enter the building duringwinter days.

Skylights: Skylightswere extensively used throughout all campus buildings, allowing for diffusedsunlight into the buildings, reducing the need for electricity and lighting,and creating natural ventilation cycles.


Shading: Outdoorthermally acceptable areas were created using shading by building massing,photovoltaic solar canopies and carparks (illustrated in the image below),cement canopies, and trees.


Active energy efficiency measures are those electromechanical techniques used to create comfortable living conditions for campus users, with focus on reducing the energy needs of these techniques. These used throughout the campus include the following:

Lighting: All new buildings and construction use LED lights, which consumes less than 25% of energy required by other florescent based light systems. Moreover, all the older buildings are being systematically retrofitted with LED light fixtures. LED in general provides higher luminesce and a better educational experience for the students.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC): Energy efficient HVAC systems were used in the new construction buildings, including hybrid central and variable refrigerant flow(VRF) systems. These systems allow for responding to variable air conditioning needs, which decreases energy losses. Energy-efficient central and split unit systems are being retrofitted to the older building on-campus.


Building-Integrated Controllers: Computer-based and processor-based sensors employed throughout the campus to allow for ambient light and temperature condition measurements,allowing for active, automatic control of lights and HVAC systems, reducing the need for manual intervention and reducing the energy requirements to run these systems. 


                                      GREENERY AND FORESTY

A major focus of the university strategy in environmental sustainability was the increase in its green square footage, within the campus ground, between the buildings, and throughout the campus grounds, which expand over more than 8.5 square kilometers.

The university, located in a semi-arid region with desert-like conditions, aims at providing its users with green areas planted with shrubs and trees native to the local environment, including pine trees, sumac trees, date trees, and olive trees.

Since 2011, the university has put forth a goal of increasing its olive tree number by 10,000 trees annually, making the university an olive producing institution, as well as sumac and date production. As of 2016, the university has made it amandatory graduation requirement for its students to plant one tree before they graduate.


The green areas provide natural shade, reduces the local area ambient temperature,and make the living conditions in the campus area very pleasant and attractive for students and staff.

With the location of the university in a semi-arid region as a central factor in the university environmental sustainability strategy, water use management and minimization is factored in the expansion and retrofitting projects implemented at HU.


                                      WATER MANAGEMENT


The university water needs are about 650 m3 daily. The main source of this water is the municipalitymain. The university has three aquafer wells, as well. These wells have reacheda high level of salinity, rendering them useless for the water and irrigationneeds, due to previous over-pumping and lack of an environmental supervisorypolicies at the time.

The university is in the process of constructing a water desalination plant that will cover all theuniversity potable and irrigation water needs, eliminating its dependence onthe municipality main (subsequently lessening the demand for water for theZarqa municipality, a historically draught-prone location).


The desalination plantis a two-stage reverse-osmosis (RO) station, with brine evaporation ponds. Thebrine water will be environmentally insulated in a way that will lessen anychance of reject water contamination, and eliminates the need to route thebrine water to the local sewer system. The plant will also cover all itselectrical needs through a photovoltaic renewable energy station.

Moreover, the universityincludes the following practices throughout the campus to reduce water use, mitigatelosses, and conserve supplies:

Rainwater catchment:Open campus areas and rooftops are sloped so that rain water is collected anddirected for irrigation of green areas.

Gray water: New campusbuildings have separate piping systems for gray water, in order to be treatedand stored for further irrigation uses.

Water conservationtechniques: water faucets, siphons, and outlets are engineered to be low flow devices.

Periodic and emergency maintenance: the engineering and maintenance staff on campus perform continuous maintenance of the water piping and lavatory facilities on campus to detectfaults and mitigate water leakage. A university hotline is provided for campususers for reporting water leakage.

The university environmental sustainability strategy pays close attention to pollution mitigation and decreasing the carbon footprint of the campus, adopting to climate change and mitigating its effects.

The university took major steps towards decreasing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, along with decreasing the solid waste, and implementing recycling programs.


                                      POLLUTION METIGATION


With its expanded renewable energy projects, producing more than 10 GWh annually,the university decreases the CO2 emissions by more than 5,000 tons annually.This is concurrent with a decrease of Jordan's oil requirements by more than 25,000 barrels of oil annually. This is translated to more than US$ 4 million of savings to the university annual budget.

The university has started a program to encourage its users to adopt electrical and hybrid-electrical cars, with plans to install electricity-charging stations throughout the parking areas.

Moreover,HU has moved towards electronic teaching and testing, reducing the amount of paper used for its courses.

Paperwaste is continuously collected and used at nearby paper recycling plants.

Aluminumcans collection bins are distributed throughout the campus. These are sold and used for aluminum recycling plants.

HU believes that themodel it leads in environmental management is an expandable model with reproducibility and replicability in public and private sector institutions,along with the ability to employ this model at municipalities and cities throughout Jordan and the region.

Indoing so, the university focuses on modifying and shifting societal perceptions and human behavior towards environmental-responsibility and adoption of its spectrum of techniques centered on the local geographical needs and constraints.


                                       CAPACITY BUILDING

The university, located in a semi-arid region with desert-like conditions, aims at providing its users with green areas planted with shrubs and trees native to the local environment,including pine trees, sumac trees, date trees, and olive trees.


The university believes that its students and graduates are the ambassadors of change who can carry the message of environmental social responsibility in their careers and future jobs. The university has adopted compulsory courses focused on renewable energy and environmental solutions for its students. The students' vocabulary and behavior has shifted over the last few years towards this goal.


The university accepts numerous visit from official delegations, local, national, and international industry and educational institutions, along with media coverage of its strategy and mega projects.

HU also focuses on training its engineering students in the projects it implements, exposing them to environmentally friendly designs, and sustainable solutions. The engineering faculty are also very involved in all the projects at HU, along with lending their expertise for public- and private-sector projects, in and out of Jordan, that has environmental sustainability at it score design

                                        THE HASHEMITE UNIVERSITY Grid Connected Project with 5,034 kWp Solar Farm


Over the last few years, the implementation of renewable energy resources have spiked globally, and particularly in the MENA region. Known for the abundance of sunny days and favorable climate, the MENA region is ideal for solar energy systems that can complement and offset the reliance on oil for its energy needs. The cost of these systems have dropped significantly, and are comparable to traditional energy sources. The solar energy projects have an expected long operational life, low maintenance needs, and have very low impact on the environment. The use of photovoltaic (PV) stations to generate electricity is one of the most implemented renewable energy technologies.

 The relative simplicity of the systems, low maintenance, and direct connection to the power grid makes them a first choice in implementing renewable energy projects. Hashemite University Experience The Hashemite University's current administration has adopted Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE & EE) as one of its strategic objectives for the coming decade. As the University expands its student population, to become one of the largest universities in the region, with annual energy bill exceeding US$ 3.5 million it has set forth an ambitious goal to achieve 100% energy independence, relying mainly on renewable solar energy using photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Executive Summary:

The Hashemite University's (HU) Grid-Connected Project with 4,016 kWp Solar Farm is part of the Hashemite University's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) strategy, launched in 2012.The project is part of a 5 MWp project that achieved 100% energy independence for the university. This contributes to HU role and ethical commitment towards its community and stakeholders in environmental sustainability.

The project aims provide the energy independence of the university, by constructing a grid-connected fixed-tilt PV farm in an area on the campus ground that not design for any urban expansion. The design followed industry standards for optimum energy generation in the Zarqa, Jordan region, with panels tilted at 26° and facing south. Rows were separated by a distance that will assure the elimination of shading effect year-round.

The design used string inverters, which are used to maximize energy output, and minimize downtime. The different systems were separated into four zones, with each zone having 1 MWp capacity. Each zone had a low-voltage to a medium voltage transformer, which were all connected to a newly built feeder switch gear room. The whole farm has an supervisory and control and data acquisition system that follows the daily operations.


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 Emirates Energy Award (EEA) 

جائزة الامارات للطاقة / الجائزة الذهبية


تَسَلَّمَ رئيس الجامعة الهاشمية الأستاذ الدكتور كمال الدين بني هاني، يوم الثلاثاء 24/10/2017، "جائزة الإمارات للطاقة"/الجائزة الذهبية ( Emirates Energy Award (EEA ضمن فئة "المشاريع الكبيرة/أكثر من (500) كيلوواط"، وذلك في الدورة الثالثة للجائزة التي ينظمها "المجلس الأعلى للطاقة" في دبي. وتنافست الجامعة مع (210) مؤسسات من (21) دولة من دول منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، بالإضافة إلى الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، وفنلندا، والهند، والبرتغال، وألمانيا، والسويد. 

  وجاء منح الجائزة للجامعة الهاشمية بسبب ريادة وتفرد مشروع الطاقة الشمسية في الجامعة ومساهمته في حل تحديات الحصول على الطاقة، ومستوى الابتكار في دمج الطاقة الشمسية داخل الحرم الجامعي كمظلات للطلاب والسيارات، والتأثير على المجتمع من خلال نشر الوعي، والتطبيقات المختلفة للطاقة الشمسية، والتي تستخدم لأغراض التعليم والبحث العلمي، بالإضافة إلى تقديم أفضل حلول لكفاءة الطاقة البديلة، والاستدامة، وحماية البيئة والتنمية المستدامة. وتجيء الجائزة   في عمومها وفلسفتها العريضة دعما لـ"لأفكار النيرة، والعقول المبدعة، والمشاريع الخلاقة، وتطوير تكنولوجيا الطاقة المتجددة".

وأكد الأستاذ الدكتور كمال الدين بني هاني رئيس الجامعة أن الفوز بهذه الجائزة يُبرز دور الأردن القيادي في القرن الحادي والعشرين في تعزيز مفاهيم الاقتصاد الأخضر الذي ينهض بالمجتمعات، ويسهم في نمو الاقتصاد الوطني ويخلق فرص العمل الجديدة، وأضاف أن الاقتصاد الأخضر يقوم على جملة من الأسس من أبرزها الاستدامة، والاستغلال الأمثل للموارد الإيكولوجية، وتوفير الحياة الفضلى للإنسان، وحُسن إدارة الموارد البشرية والمالية، كما يسهم هذا الاقتصاد الأخضر في مواجهة النمو السكاني المطرد.

وأضاف بني هاني أن الجامعة قامت بتنفيذ مجموعة من المشاريع الكبرى التي تتماشى مع مبادئ الاقتصاد الأخضر بما فيها تحقيق التنمية المستدامة، ضمن مفاهيم الاقتصاد الأخضر سواء في الطاقة الشمسية أم في تحلية المياه، واستخراج الماء من الهواء، وطرح تخصصات مثل إدارة الموارد الطبيعية في الأراضي الجافة، إضافة إلى أن جميع مباني الجامعة الحديثة تطبق مفاهيم الاقتصاد الأخضر في جميع مرافقها. وأضاف أن "الجامعة الهاشمية أصبحت بيت خبرة وطنيا وعربيا، وتتطلع إلى العالمية في تقديم الحلول المستدامة ضمن مفاهيم الاقتصاد الأخضر".

وقال الدكتور بني هاني إن الجامعة شكلت انطلاقة ونموذجا معرفيا وطنيا لنشر الوعي بمفاهيم الطاقة البديلة حيث كانت أولًا من المؤسسات الوطنية الرائدة التي نفذت مشاريع الطاقة المتجددة مما جعلها شعلة انطلاق ومحركا لكثير من المؤسسات الوطنية في تبني مفاهيم الطاقة البديلة. ثم آمن الجامعة بضرورة التميُّز النوعي، زيادة على السبق الزمنيّ، وتحقق لها ذلك بفضل الله. بالإضافة إلى أن هناك مساعي حثيثة من إدارة الجامعة لنشر الوعي في مفاهيم الطاقة البديلة بين طلبة المدارس والمؤسسات الحكومية والخاصة.

وقد أعرب الدكتور بني هاني، عن فخره بالحصول على هذه الجائزة العالمية الرفيعة والتي تعد من أبرز الجوائز ليس على المستوى العربي فحسب بل على المستوى العالمي، وأضاف أن هذه الجائزة ترفع اسم الأردن عاليا في المحافل العربية والعالمية، لقد جاء الحصول على هذه الجائزة بفضل جهود وتكاتف العاملين في الجامعة، وإنجازهم الجمعي المستمر، وتطلعهم الدائم إلى الريادة والإبداع. زيادة على الرعاية والتشجيع الدائمين لجلالة الملك عبدالله الثاني ابن الحسين المعظم الذي تفضل بمنح الجامعة وسام الاستقلال من الدرجة الأولى.

وقال الأستاذ الدكتور شاهر ربابعة نائب رئيس الجامعة للشؤون الهندسية والإدارية إن التطبيقات التي نفذتها الجامعة الهاشمية في مجال الطاقة الشمسية وتحلية المياه واستخراج المياه من الهواء تعد تطبيقات منافسة عالميا وذلك بعد الحوار والنقاش مع الخبراء والمهتمين في معرض الطاقة الخضراء الذي عقد على هامش حفل تسليم الجائزة في مدينة دبي.

ويشار إلى أن مشروع الطاقة الشمسية في الجامعة الهاشمية، افتتحه سمو الأمير الحسن بن طلال المعظم (بتاريخ 5 حزيران 2016)، حيث يولد الكهرباء بطاقة (5) ميغاواط، وبلغت كلفته (5.6) مليون دينار، ما خفض فاتورة كهرباء الجامعة السنوية من (2.5) مليون دينار إلى (صفر) دينار، وقد تم استرداد كلفة المشروع خلال سنة وستة أشهر فقط، وهي مشروع بيئي مستدام يغطي حاجات الجامعة وتّوسعها لـغاية (25) سنة قادمة، وللمشروع عدة فوائد تعليمية، وابتكاريه، وبحثية، وبيئية، واقتصادية، وتوعوية، وجمالية، ووظيفية معمارية. وينقسم المشروع إلى ثلاثة أقسام: مزرعة (محطة) طاقة شمسية (4) ميغاواط، بمساحة حوالي (80) دونما. وممر أخضر مُظلل للطلاب بقدرة (1) ميغاواط، وبطول (1) كم، يُشكل منظرا معماريًا جماليًا بالإضافة جزء ثالث مكون من مظلات للسيارات.




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                                                                                                                                                                         اعادة التدوير

تقوم الجامعة الهاشمية بإعادة تدوير المواد المستهلكة والتالفة في الجامعة بمختلف أنواعها عن طريق جمعها وفرزها واستخدام الصالح منها , وبيع او أعادة تصنيع التالف ونذكر هنا على سبيل المثال المواد التالية :

1- الورق

2- الاشجار والبذور

3- الزيوت العادمة

4- الحديد الفائض وبرادة الحديد

5- البلاستيك ومستهلكات الكرتون .

أولا : الورق التالف والكتب والارشيف المنتهي صلاحيته :

يتم تجميع الاوراق التالفة والمنتهية صلاحيتها بموجب الأنظمة والتعليمات من مختلف الكليات والدوائر على مدار العام بحيث يتم تخزينه في مستودعات خاصة في دائرة البيئة والسلامة العامة ويتم بيعه لشركات ومصانع متخصصة بإعادة التدوير .

حيث بلغت كمية الورق المجمعة والمباعة خلال العام ( 2017 ) 23.5 ثلاثة وعشرون طن ونصف الطن , وقد تم بيع هذه الكميات بشكل مجزء وعلى مدار العام بأفضل الأسعار في السوق المحلي عن طريق لجنة بيع مخصصة لهذه الغاية .

وحاليا جار العمل على تجميع إرشيف الورق التالف من مختلف الوحدات والدوائر في الجامعة , لاستكمال عملية البيع وإعادة التدوير .

ثانيا : برادة الحديد والحديد التالف :

وهو الحديد الذي يتم التدريب عليه في المشاغل الهندسية سواء كان حديد تالف أو بــرادة الحديد حيث تم بيـــع ما وزنـــه 2 طن لشركات ومصانع تعيد تدوير هذه المواد .

ثالثا : الزيوت العادمة :

وهي الزيوت التي يتم تبديلها من سيارات وآليات الجامعة في دائرة الخدمات العامة / شعبة الحركة وقد تم بيع 200 كيلو منها للشركات المحلية .

رابعا : النبات :

وهي النباتات التي يتم زراعتها في البيت النباتي ( المعشبة ) والمتبقية من تدريب طلاب الزراعة حيث تم بيع ما قيمته 2000 الفي دينار نباتات لموظفي الجامعة .

خامسا : البلاستيك :

تم تخصيص قسم في عمادة شؤون الطلبة يعني بتدريب الطلاب والطالبات على إعادة تصنيع مخلفات الكرتون والبلاستيك لصنع اشكال وادوات بيتية كالزهور والاشكال الكرتونية المجسمة , بحيث يتم عرضها في بازارات خيرية ومعارض مؤقتة تشرف عليها عمادة شؤون الطلبة في الجامعة .

هذا ولا تؤول الجامعة جهدا في أي عمليات إعادة تدوير ممكنة ويتم اقتراحها من قبل الطلاب أو العاملين في الجامعة على حد سواء .






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