Climate Action Policy

Climate Action Plan for Beirut Arab University


Beirut Arab University recognizes the urgent need to address climate change and its impact on Lebanon and the global community. As a responsible institution committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship, BAU is dedicated to implementing a comprehensive Climate Action Plan aligned with the university's rules and regulations while serving Lebanon's environmental priorities. This plan outlines the key strategies and initiatives that BAU undertakes to mitigate harmful greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and promote sustainability across its campuses.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Implement measures to reduce BAU's carbon footprint and transition towards a low-carbon campus.
  • Promote Sustainable Practices: Encourage sustainable behaviors among students, faculty, and staff members, and integrate sustainability principles into all aspects of university operations.
  • Engage the Community: Foster partnerships with local communities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to address climate change issues.
  • Lead by Example: Serve as a model for sustainable practices and climate action within Lebanon's higher education institutions.

Strategies and Initiatives:

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:

  • Conduct energy audits to identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvements.
  • Retrofit buildings with energy-efficient lighting, HVAC systems, and insulation.
  • Install more solar panels and other renewable energy systems to generate clean electricity on campus.

Sustainable Transportation:

  • Encourage the use of public transportation, carpooling, cycling, and walking among students and staff.
  • Provide incentives for electric and hybrid vehicle owners, such as preferred parking spots.
  • Promote flexible works schedules to reduce commuting among university campuses and to consequently reduce emissions.


Waste Reduction and Recycling:

  • Implement a campus-wide waste reduction and recycling program, including segregation at source and proper disposal of recyclable materials.
  • Minimize single-use plastics and promote reusable alternatives, such as water bottles and coffee cups.

Water Conservation:

  • Install more water-efficient fixtures and appliances in buildings including low-flow toilets and faucets.
  • Utilize the rainwater harvesting systems to collect and store rainwater for irrigation and non-potable uses.
  • Raise awareness about the importance of water conservation through educational campaigns and outreach activities.

Climate Resilience and Adaptation:

  • Conduct assessments to identify climate risks and develop adaptation strategies for infrastructure and facilities.
  • Enhance green spaces and urban forests on campus to mitigate greenhouse effect and improve air quality.
  • Incorporate climate friendly designs into new construction projects and campus development plans.

Curriculum Integration and Research:

  • Integrate climate change and sustainability topics into BAU's academic curriculum and activities across disciplines.
  • Support research initiatives and projects focused on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and possible solutions.
  • Dedicate research center and faculty research activities to climate change topics to facilitate interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

BAU will establish a Climate Action Committee to oversee the implementation of the Climate Action Plan and monitor progress towards its goals and objectives. Regular assessments and reporting will ensure accountability and transparency, allowing BAU to adjust strategies and initiatives as needed to achieve its climate targets.


By adopting this Climate Action Plan, Beirut Arab University reaffirms its commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability leadership nationally and globally. Through collaboration, innovation, and collective action, BAU strives to mitigate climate change impacts, build resilience, and create a more sustainable and resilient future for its community and the wider society.