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Sustainability 2016, 8(1), 59; doi:10.3390/su8010059

Students’ Assessment of Campus Sustainability at the University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia

College of Architecture and Planning, University of Dammam, P.O. Box 2397, Dammam 31451, Saudi Arabia
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Academic Editor: Ian Thomas
Received: 15 November 2015 / Revised: 5 January 2016 / Accepted: 6 January 2016 / Published: 8 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
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Higher education institutions are major drivers of change in achieving environmental sustainability both within college campuses and beyond campuses in communities at large. However, achieving campus sustainability is not possible without the involvement of students as one of the major stakeholders of a university. Based on survey of 152 students of the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia, this study explores students’ assessment of campus sustainability components: curriculum and research; campus operations; and community involvement. The results show that even though the students indicate a great deal of awareness and concern about campus environmental sustainability, they lack interest and willingness to participate in initiatives towards achieving sustainability. Apart from some sustainable landscaping and waste recycling practices, there are few sustainability initiatives in transportation and energy and water conservation on the campus. Offered courses and student projects have also been reported to have modest focus on sustainability. The article concludes by highlighting the roles of incorporating sustainability into campus operations, and training university students in promoting environmental sustainability in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; environment; Dammam; university students; education; campus sustainability; environment; Dammam; university students; education; campus

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Abubakar, I.R.; Al-Shihri, F.S.; Ahmed, S.M. Students’ Assessment of Campus Sustainability at the University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Sustainability 2016, 8, 59.

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