Campus Sustainability Month is celebrated in October by many Universities around the world including The American University in Cairo; the purpose of the month is to encourage those in higher education to alternate to more sustainable habits. The Office of Sustainability has multiple events planned to celebrate this month to engage the AUC community and encourage sustainable habits. Check out below the plan for Campus Sustainability Month and mark your calendars for these events!
What is ECO EGYPT?

ECO EGYPT Experiences is a campaign that aims to reconnect adventurous travelers with Egypt’s countless ecological sites and protected areas. With the goal of prompting natural rediscovery and boosting the importance of ecological conservation, the ECO EGYPT Experiences campaign sheds light on all the wildlife, plant diversity, and natural landscapes on offer throughout Egypt. 
The campaign encourages sustainable, responsible tourism for travelers seeking unique, out-of-the-box experiences.
By centering the voices, experiences, and customs of local tribespeople, from Nubians to Bedouins, ECO EGYPT advocates support for local livelihoods by giving a platform for the unique practices, traditions, and crafts of local communities. From camping to diving, stargazing to birdwatching, Egypt’s ecological sites promise unparalleled experiences for the curious, young, and old. Get a taste of everything Egypt’s ecology has to offer and start planning your environmentally conscious, once-in-a-lifetime trip now!

“Take Nothing but Photographs.”

“Kill Nothing but Time.”

“Leave Nothing but Memories.”

Combining all of Egypt’s hidden treasures; protected areas and destinations, ECO EGYPT offers Egypt’s ecotourism four main pillars of experience through:

Explore the unique flora & fauna along with the captivating scenery of each and every targeted destination and protected area.

Start your exciting agenda of ecotourism activities you love in each destination such as diving/snorkeling, birdwatching, stargazing, hiking, trail running, yoga, meditation etc.

Get to know more about the cultural origin of each and every destination and enjoy the tribal life with all its essence including their heritage, culture, cuisine, local products, etc.

Get to know some comforting exquisite ecolodges and campsites where you can have an unprecedented and enjoyable stay. 


To learn more about ECO EGYPT:
Facebook: @EcoEgyptExperiences
Instagram: @EcoEgyptExperiences 

ECO EGYPT; a nationwide campaign led by Egypt’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) and is part of LiveGreen اتحضَر للأخضر campaign which is executed under the auspices of His Excellency President Abd El Fattah El-Sisi that was launched in September 2020 at Ras Mohammed Protected Area.

ECO EGYPT is developed by the Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Egypt’s Tourism Project (MBDT) which is implemented by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) as a Strategic Partner. 

1. Carry a reusable water bottle: using the chilled and filtered water fountains around campus will not only help save the environment but also save you some money! (tip: make sure the filter status is green before drinking)

2. Carry a set of reusable utensils and straws: this easy replacement to disposable plastic cutlery sets and straws will reduce the amount of plastic waste generated. 

3. Carpool or use the bus: Check out AUC’s Carpooling Facebook group chat. This is a great opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and meet new people in your area! (tip: AUC bus service offer 13 routes, check out the bus schedule: )

4. Recycle: Use the separate waste bins on campus accordingly to allow for a more efficient recycling process! (tip: make sure recyclable items are free of any food waste)

5. Printing: Avoid printing items where you can and always print on double-sided paper to reduce your paper waste!

Trash Town (Hay El Zabaleen) Documentary:
This short (25 minute) documentary portrays the way trash is collected, sorted, and recycled in Egypt. The documentary highlights the life of people living in Zabbaleen trash town to reflect how their livelihood depends on the trash generated in Cairo. Collectively, everyone in the community performs a highly efficient job of recycling Cairo’s refuse; even their pigs play an important part in recycling food waste!

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