Accreditations and memberships

Accreditations And Memberships

Collaborating Through Shared Values

SDG 17


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Sustainable building

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Sustainable building

All of KAUST’s academic buildings are LEED Platinum certified for New Construction. All new buildings are expected to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certified equivalent.

ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Systems

Our environmental risk management system (EMS) is based on an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system. Managed by KAUST’s Health, Safety, and Environment department, our EMS covers much of our operations and activities, ensuring that they comply with national and international laws, and that any adverse environmental impacts are minimized or eliminated. In accordance with the standard, HSE offers comprehensive training programs on environmental protection to both students and staff.


aashe member

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) connects over 900 members at institutions of higher education across 48 U.S. states, one U.S. territory, nine Canadian provinces, and 20 countries.

Membership Year: 2012

Sustainable development solutions

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

Membership Year: 2021

International sustainable campus network

International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) provides an international forum for higher education institutions to exchange information, ideas, and best practices in implementing sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and education.

Membership Year: 2022

UN Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative worldwide. With over 15,000+ signatories in over 160 countries, the platform aims to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders by aligning their strategies and operations with their Ten Principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and by taking strategic actions to meet the UN SDGs.

Membership Year: 2022



Sulitest is an UN-initiated partnership for achieving the SDGs. The platform provides internationally recognized and locally relevant tools for sustainability literacy, including collaboratively-built customized surveys that assess individuals’ sustainability literacy.

Membership Year: 2021