Cyprus International University is known for its commitment to the environment on campus and globally. You can see this commitment in our teaching, research, public awareness organizations and dedication to sustainability on the campus as a way of life.
The Cyprus International University Sustainability Program is comprised of Sustainable Energy Research Center and Students for a Sustainable Campus team. Together, we work hard to create awareness about important environmental issues and take steps towards implementation.
Students for a Sustainable Campus (SSC) is an inclusive and multidisciplinary student project that works on long-lasting sustainable practices, on and off campus, through education, engagement and direct action.
Since its founding in 2017, SSC has grown and evolved into a project not only active on campus but on an international level as well. We work on diverse issues such as climate change, environmental justice, water conservation, waste management, energy efficiency and clean energy, green transportation and pursue initiatives and outreach efforts to build a more just and sustainable world.
The Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) was founded in 2009 as a Center of Excellence at CIU. Since then, the center has carried out many research projects; mainly on alternative energy resources and related certification/education programs. SERC also provides services and carry out studies on; Active consultancy on solar power installation design. Two examples of these are those for the Civil Defense Organization and Middle East Technical University. PV Expert Certification Program this is a three-day program that includes an introduction to solar energy , Photovoltaic system definitions, techno-economic analysis, and on-site practices. Multiple research projects on photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, energy efficiency/management, energy policies Consultancy on renewable energy and energy efficiency to Economy and Energy Ministry of Northern Cyprus
The Science and Technology Center is a 15,500 m2 building dedicated for education and research. The design principle of the building is the use of architecture to create energy efficient spaces without compromising function and aesthetics. The Science and Technology Center includes following energy conservation measures implemented in the building;
Building integrated photovoltaic panels Natural ventilation by solar chimneys Shading structures High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and lighting systems technology Automated building management
A Photovoltaic solar farm with a peak power of 1.1 MW capacity was installed in 2014 under the SERC headed by the Vice Rector of CIU, Prof. Dr. Serkan Abbasoğlu. The systems energy production is around 1,750,000 kWh annually.
Covering an area of 14,000 square meters on the Northern border of the campus, it is not only the largest PV project in Northern Cyprus, but with additional installations also constitutes an example on how solar panels can be applied on different surfaces. Solar panels in Cyprus are traditionally installed over the roof or on land, in the context of the present project, panels were installed in 4 different configurations; on a level roof, inclined roof, on land and carports. ‘’With a total installation cost of 1.5 million Euros, we knew this was a very substantial investment for the university. An in-depth feasibility study was undertaken to ensure all aspects of this investment was covered,’’ said Abbasoğlu. The resulting study was published in ‘’Solar Energy’’, one of the most respected journal domain solar power in the field. “Since the commissioning of the plant, we carry out sensitive measurements and compare our findings and pre-simulation results with the help of our new data center set-up for this purpose.
The Solar Farm has not only attracted a lot of interest on the island, famous for its 300 days of sun per year, making it an ideal location for such applications, but also received many visitors from countries such as Pakistan, USA, Iran, China, and Turkey. 350 thousand kilowatts for the Northern Cyprus Power Transmission Line. 4,131 panels on five different locations were used to generate electricity. Taking an active role as a consultant for others such as Civil Defense Organization, Middle East Technical University, Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Industry among many others, Prof. Dr. Abbasoğlu said that he provides consultation to all interested parties.
The on-campus recycling program started by SSC aimed not only at reducing the amount of waste produced but also turn the waste into products the students and staff can use. Students and facilities on campus were encouraged to use less plastic based materials and plastic bottles started to be collected and reused wherever possible to make furniture and other products. Waste paper is now collected all around the campus and in a recently established facility is recycled into products like gift cards, pencils, special purpose paper.
We do not let a drop of water go to waste; all of the grey water generated on campus, approximately 1300 tones is recycled and used for irrigation.
SSC team have been conducting educational seminars on Sustainability and the Environment in Northern Cyprus and abroad. Education is one of the best tools for creating awareness on sustainability, the environment and how to preserve it for the future generations. We are dedicated to providing this education both locally and internationally. We believe sustainable education is the very first step needed to help save our environment. On March 3rd-5th, members of SSC traveled to Azerbaijan and visited high schools to hold seminars titled: “Students for a Sustainable World”. In the cities of Shemkir and Gence, they reached out to over 150 high schools and spoke about sustainability and the environment, sharing their experiences and how they can be applied in Azerbaijan. Students were very interested in learning more and this showed in the question and answer session where the CIU team were bombarded with questions. Similar seminars were held in Tblisi, Georgia and also received a lot of interest from students.
After a successful year of different activities. SSC has now come up with their latest idea; We Are Nature Cafe. Unlike your traditional coffee shop, We Are Nature Cafe is not just a place for students and staff to go and have coffee during free times; it is also a self-sustaining center that seeks to bring together environmental and economic sustainability. Our cafe will be used as a tool to reduce waste on campus and to educate students on the negative adverse effects on single-use plastic.
Single-use waste is one of the biggest environmental challenges the world is facing today. Our aim at the cafe is not only to eliminate non-renewable waste but also grow our own organic vegetables, which seeds are imported from many different countries thus, providing an opportunity for students to taste flavors of countries of their friends. All organic waste from the cafe is composted and reused as fertilizer for our sustainable garden.
Various cultural events are organized at the We Are Nature Cafe throughout the year. Dishes from different countries are prepared and served, allowing students to taste international cuisine. Art exhibitions also take place to encourage our students showcase their talents and share a reflection of their culture. This Area is designated as the Plastic Free Zone (PFZ) and we hope that you do not bring plastic to the area. The Center is managed by Students for a Sustainable Campus- CIU which is a student-run project.
According to UI GreenMetric World University Rankings 2018, CIU is the first university in Northern Cyprus that participated in the ranking. GreenMetric ranking aims to provide the current condition and policies related to Green Campus and Sustainability in universities around the world with the results of an online survey. This ranking launched in 2010 in order to create awareness by universities to provide attention more and focus on to global climate change, energy and water conservation, waste recycling and green transportation.