In November 2021, the Office of Sustainability has engaged in multiple initiatives that highlight the office's role on the Global Level, Academics and Research, and Campus Outreach. Read more about each initiative below!
Last month, The Africa Facilities Management Conference (FMCE) took place on the 22nd and 23rd of November, Eng. Yasmine Mansour, Sustainability Director of the Office of Sustainability, attended as a speaker under the sustainability theme. The overall theme of the event was “Working Together to Accelerate Facilities Management adoption across Africa… A Year On”. Mansour delivered a speech on the Higher Education Leadership on Carbon Emissions Offset Initiative, where she also highlighted the accomplishments of AUCs emissions and published reports. Overall, the event was an opportunity to learn, do business, and network with fellow FM industry professionals. The Conference brought together FM thought leaders including Thomas Mitchell Jnr, Collins Osayamawen, Lara Paemen, Maria Morapedi, Yasmin Mahmoud, Dr. MKO Balogun, Paul O. Erubami, Mayowa Ani, Hikmot Koleoso, Eng. Sherif Maged - Chair AFM Africa -, and AUC VP Shereen Shaker. It also brought together Products/Services providers such as Total Facilities Management Limited {TFML}, Principal Facilities Management, Shelter care FM consult, Guildford Services Limited, FMCE, and many more. 
As for Academics and Research, three English 0210 classes reached out to the Office of Sustainability asking for a field tour on campus to discuss their class topic: Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) Clean water and sanitation. The tour included information about the landscaping on campus in terms of the types of plants and irrigation systems in place. Here on campus, the plants are selected from a sustainable perspective to ensure plants with low water requirements and benefits to the AUC community; some of the plants include Citrus trees, Mango trees, Olive trees, Grapevines, and Date Palm trees. In addition, the students were given a tour at the wastewater treatment plant on campus to show the process of using the treated wastewater/recycled which is used 100% for irrigating  campus landscape.
In collaboration with the School of Business, Executive Education at The American University in Cairo, a group of Telecom Egypt staff attended a leadership training program, and were invited to a panel session that included the Office of Sustainability as part of their field visit to AUC- Tahrir Cultural Center on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Sahar El Ghandour, Sustainability Manager, represented the Office of Sustainability in the panel session by giving them hands-on the AUC sustainability portfolio and efforts led by the Office of Sustainability. The presentation highlighted the following topics:
- Energy Efficiency
- Water Use
- Waste Management
- Transportation
- Wellness
- Awareness &Outreach
- Academics & Research
- Reports & Publications
- Global Focus

Ways to Stay Sustainable During Finals:

We know finals week can be daunting but a sustainable lifestyle is still possible even after all-nighters, here is how:

  1. Turn it off: Turn your phone and the background Netflix off - save energy and your grades ;)

  2. Use a travel mug: we know caffeine is essential after 2 hours of sleep, bring your own travel mug to reduce plastic waste!

  3. Reduce and recycle paper by using 2 sides of every piece of paper and then recycle your paper at your department's paper bin or the library.


Ways to Stay Sustainable During Holiday Season:

  1. Use LED lights instead of regular fluorescent lights- Citing the Department of Energy, Forbes reports that using LED holiday lights in place of the conventional ones results in a 75 percent reduction in power drawn by the lights; this means lesser carbon emissions.

  2. Reuse wrapping paper- Keep gift bags and wrapping paper and reuse them to reduce waste from gifts. You can even get creative and use scarves, newspapers, or a bandana to wrap gifts!

  3. Reuse holiday decorations from previous years or DIY your own decorations, check out Pinterest for some inspiration!

December 5th- World Soil Day 

Healthy soil is vital to human life because, without it, there is no sustenance. The first World Soil Day was launched in 2012 and the environmental campaign continues, aiming to raise the profile of the need for healthy soil and its role in preserving healthy ecosystems and human health.

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