In a letter to AUB faculty and staff, Human Resources Director Samar Diab Rouhana said that the decision comes due to “disruptions in fuel supplies in the country” and the fact that AUB‘s fuel reserves have reached a critical threshold.
The move takes effect starting Monday, August 9th until Sunday, August 22nd, according to the letter.
Shutting off all central air conditioning is part of mitigative measures being taken at AUB to lower the consumption of fuel on campus while prioritizing critical functions, “especially at the Medical Center.”
“Exceptions will be made for buildings that house critical laboratories and heat-sensitive materials and equipment.”
The letter also requests that all faculty and non-essential staff work remotely from August 13th until August 20th.
“In the meantime, the Physical Plant Department will continue its efforts to secure fuel and rebuild the university’s fuel reserves.”
This comes as shortages of fuel continue to impact various sectors and industries in Lebanon, which is being hit by the worst economic crisis in its history.