December 29, 2022
During November, Egypt hosted COP27, in which AUC was honored to participate in with our very own pavilion. The pavilion had many sections, which included Virtual reality, 3D model displays, and 3D printed clay models by the architecture department. It also included a fish hydroponic system developed by the Center for Applied Research on the Environment and Sustainability (CARES). The pavilion also included a stage area where AUC faculty, students, and staff displayed their sustainability initiatives and research. The Office of Sustainability was pleased to be a part of these talks, where Eng. Yasmin Mansour, Sustainability Director, and Ms. Sahar El Ghandour, Sustainability Manager gave two talks on AUC's Carbon Footprint report. Egypt hosting COP27 was a great opportunity for us as a nation and for the region to raise awareness and information on climate issues, commit to making a change but also networking with the world to further advance our knowledge on sustainability and possible solutions.
The second Annual Africa Facilities Management Association (Africa FM) Conference took place on the 24th till the 26th of November at AUC which was hosted by The Egyptian Facilities Management Association (EGYFMA). Africa Facility Management is the leading regional network and the voice of the Facility Management professionals with an interest in advancing Facility Management in Africa. In addition, it provides a standardized framework for the facility management professionals across Africa.
This year the conference themed Accelerating FM Across Africa: Towards Sustainable Development. Its objective is to create a meeting hub for the Facility Management community of organizations and individuals across Africa, which features around 30 countries.
1. Wrapping presents with reusable gift wrap or fabric: Fabric could be a reusable substitution and it also offers a variety of colors and patterns. Recyclable gift wrap could also be reused multiple times too, if fabric isn’t your thing. 
2. Drive or travel with train instead of flying: Taking the train or driving are both a much more environmentally-friendly when it comes to holidays and it cuts the amount of CO2 produced by the planes in half.
3. Eating more plant-based meals:
According to study conducted in 2019 it was found that the plant-based diet cut aprroxiamtely 50% greenhouse gas emissions .
4. Charity donations as a gift option: Charity donations don't leave behind any sort of waste, and it also doesn't require a trip to the store too. Donating to charities is a more sustainable choice and it makes people feel good about being able to contribute and giving back. 
Netflix Series: " Down to Earth with Zac Efron" 
This is a docuseries of Zac Efron and Darin Alien traveling journey of exploring healthy and sustainable ways to live. It focuses on themes of travel, life experience, nature, green energy and sustainable living practices.
4th December- Wildlife Conservation Day
The main goal of this day is to protect endangered species and their habitats. This includes raising awareness about banning animal poaching and placing pressure on nations to increase the number of protected areas. 

5th December- World Soil Day
The United Nations created this day to support the protection of our soil since it affects many factors of our nutrition. Soil affects the safety and nutrition of our food; clean and healthy soil ensures people have an active and healthy life without endangering other ecosystems.

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