13.3.1.Actions to combat climate change and its impacts

Lebanese University promotes the follows strategies to combat climate change and its impacts.

  1. Agreement

An agreement between the Lebanese University and the Shouf Biosphere Reserve has been signed on 10/06/2019 aiming to provide allocation to four students from the faculty of agronomy in order to conduct biodiversity monitoring activity in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve and to implement actions for the protection of biodiversity related to mountain terracing.

  1. The Red Cross Club organizes an environmental activity in Science 1

The event focused on making the participants aware of the environment, remembering the responsibilities that as people in the world should be done.

  1. Environmental day

In cooperation with the Municipality of Furn Al-Shubbak - Ain Al-Rummaneh - Hawita Al-Nahr, the Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture - the second branch of the Lebanese University organized an environmental day during which it launched a waste sorting project in the college in specific containers (6/2/2019).

The Environmental Day, which aims to spread clean and sustainable environmental awareness at the level of the university in particular and the country in general, was attended by the head of the Municipal Council and the President of the Southern Matn Municipalities Union Raymond Samaan who contributed to the provision of containers and coordination with the (City Blu) to collect the waste sorted periodically.

The activity was also attended by the director of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture - the second branch, Dr. Antoine Charbel, represented by the dean of the college, heads of academic departments, environmental project coordinator Professor Carol Ziyadah Ajami, a group of professors, employees and a crowd of students.

After the words that explained the mechanism of work and the educational, social and environmental goal of this activity, all participated in a campaign of cleanliness and field screening in the college.

  1. Initiative to reach zero waste at the faculty of public health - branch 2

The students at the Lebanese University - Faculty of Public Health (branch 2) began, three years ago, the initiative of proper management of generated waste after being surrounded by rotten and burning trash. They are sorting today for recycling and composting in the campus aiming not to add to the hundred thousand tons dumped in our nature and to reach the path towards Zero Waste. (15/1/2019).

  1. Reforestation campaign

Economic Sciences and Business Administration at the Lebanese University organized a reforestation campaign on the college campus. The campaign, which coincided with the Independence Day celebrations, involved teachers, staff, and a large number of students from various academic years and majors (November 29, 2019)

The Lebanese University - Faculty of Agronomy, in cooperation with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (IAMM), concluded a four-day training in Baalbek, within the framework of the Agricultural and Rural Development Program (ARDP), funded by the European Union and implemented by the Faculty and the Municipality of Baalbek.

The training focused on good practices in forest management, planning and cultivation with the participation of the Tunisian trainer, Professor Ali Ferchichi.

The Mayor of Baalbek, Brigadier General Hussein Lakkis stressed the importance of the training and the need for serious and continuous work to increase green areas and establish natural reserves, to improve the environmental situation in Lebanon in general and in the northern Beqaa in particular.

  1. Preservation of heritage sites and landscapes in Lebanon

In 2020, the Reserve announced that its director, Mr. Nizar Hani, who is a graduate of the Faculty of Agronomy, had won the prestigious and valuable “Kenton R. Miller Award for Innovation in National Parks and Protected Area Sustainability 2020”, with the support of the “International Union for Conservation of Nature” (IUCN) and the “World Commission on Protected Areas” (WCPA).

In the tourism aspect, the Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality Management organized periodic visits to the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, as part of the scientific, environmental and recreational activities and with the framework of the program to identify Lebanese regions and the alternatives offered for various types of eco-tourism projects.

The Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality Management had implemented the “HELAND” project in cooperation with the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, Spanish, Cypriot, Palestinian and Jordanian institutions and a number of other parties. The project aimed at protecting the landscape, research and regeneration.

  1. Centre MINE : Reusable Bag Design Competition

Call for applicants at the Lebanese University

You are invited to be a part of the leading campaign that Majid Al Futtaim Retail - Carrefour Lebanon is launching as part of its commitment to spread awareness about using ecofriendly reusable bags.

The goal of this campaign is to encourage graphic design students at the Lebanese University to express their talents and creative ideas through a “Reusable Bag Design Competition”.

Terms and conditions of the competition:

Submitted design must reflect Lebanese heritage and culture and clearly related to preserving environment.

UL students will compete together, Centre MINE will announce the winner who will be competing with other universities' winners

The winning design will be chosen by Carrefour's customers and followers through voting on social media.

The Final winner will get 1,500,000 LBP from Carrefour and his/her design will be printed on all Carrefour reusable bags in all their five branches operating in Lebanon for 2020.

  1. The Lebanese University – Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences (Branch 2) organized a seminar on "The Reality of Climate Change in Lebanon and its Impacts on Human Behaviors "

With regards to activities related to the environment and climate change, the Department of Geography & Psychology of the Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences (Branch 2) organized a symposium entitled: “The Reality of Climate Change in Lebanon and its Impacts on Human Behaviors”.

The Departments of Geography and Psychology of the Lebanese University – Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences (Branch 2) organized, on 10 April 2019, a seminar entitled "The Reality of Climate Change in Lebanon and its Impacts on Human Behaviors".

The seminar was presented by Dr. Maryam Makki, specialized in climatology, and Dr. Paula Kallas, Head of the Department of Psychology, while Dr. Laurence Charbel, Head of the Department of Geography, moderated it at the Faculty.

  1. Campaign launch by the Lebanese University and the Lebanese Environmental Scout Organization

The Association of Environmental Scouts in Lebanon launched a new school campaign to raise awareness in the field of waste sorting at source for the year 2019, in the framework of the existing cooperation with the Municipality of Tripoli and fourth year students of the Faculty of Health of the Lebanese University within the school health project.

The campaign, in its first phase, was directed at 250 students from the Model Public School for Girls in Tripoli, and included a practical training activity on the process of sorting, recycling and reuse, and an explanation of the dangers caused by evil treatment of domestic waste, through interactive games and participant performances.

  1. A joint symposium on "green architecture" between the Faculty of Fine Arts & Architecture and the French Institute of the Near East

Within the framework of a series of research seminars organized by the Department of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Fine Arts & Architecture in cooperation with the Departments of Contemporary & Arab Studies at the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO) on the topic "Is nature a political player?", a symposium was organized entitled: "Green Architecture: Greenwashing or Human Reconciliation with the Environment?

The second symposium organized by the Lebanese University - Faculty of Fine Arts & Architecture (Department of Urbanism) in cooperation with the Departments of Contemporary & Arab Studies at the French Institute of the Near East on the topic "Is nature a political player?", was held on 13 February 2020 entitled: “Green Architecture: Greenwashing or human reconciliation with the environment?”, within the framework of a series of research seminars.

Chadi Atieh (University of Liège in Belgium), Aram Yartazarian (American University of Beirut), Christina Abi Haidar (Attorney) and Rouba Farah (Saint Joseph University), participated in this symposium.

  1. A waste sorting project at the Faculty of Arts 3 of the Lebanese University

Waste sorting campaigns began to expand in the faculties of the Lebanese University and reached the Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences (Branch 3) and the Rafik Hariri University Compound in Hadath.