Buy/develop offsets for travel and other unavoidable emissions
Buy green power for 100 percent of electricity consumption and renewable energy credits (RECs) for 100 percent of electricity
Purchase wind-generated RECs that offset 100 percent of its annual electricity usage
Being a signatory of both ACUPCC and the Talloires Declaration
Maintain status as a STARS Charter Participant
Green Teaching Certification programs to reward professors for incorporating sustainability into the classroom
Renowned 'green' architect William McDonough designed the new building to reinforce the values inherent in the school's mission. Its design, construction, and operation reflect the School of International Service's commitment to advancing ecological stewardship, preserving transparency and human dignity, and working for social justice
3,230 square-feet of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof to reduce reliance on nonrenewable sources
Nontoxic materials and state-of-the-art green installations increase natural air flow and effective ventilation
Rain water is collected and used for landscape irrigation
Low-flow faucets and fixtures reduce water consumption
First building with three solar water heating systems in Washington, D.C.
AU and the School of International Service have begun accepting paperless applications and online payment forms in an effort to reduce our paper intake and make the application process more efficient. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
While we try to prepare students as much as possible prior to departure, city guides specifically tailored to each program site will help provide more in-depth information regarding local produce, markets, green hotels, restaurants and educational volunteer opportunities. To learn more about your area, click here
Travel Light Tips
When reserving airfare, purchase 'Carbon Offsets' at check out directly. This is a fast and easy way to counteract your flight emissions
Use eco-friendly airlines or ground transportation whenever possible. It will save pounds of CO2 with each journey
Walk, bike or ride public transportation like the bus or train instead of personal vehicles or cabs. It will save money and reduce your footprint
Conserve water: reuse water bottles and shorten your shower time
Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. Unplugging appliances completely is an even more effective way to reduce your usage
Shop smart. Frequent local farmers markets, restaurants and vendors. It will not only save time and money, but gives back to the local neighborhood and reinforces the culture. Green or eco-labeled products can be found worldwide. And don't forget reusable grocery bags!
Green your schoolwork by carrying a flashdrive with your syllabus or required readings instead of printing them out. It will make things easier, lighter, and GREENER!
Students are encouraged to focus ONE (or more, if inspired) blog on green initiatives or programs they see in their host country. Some questions to consider include:
What could I do in my daily routine to decrease my footprint?
What environmental issue is most prevalent at my study abroad site? (Transportation emissions, water conservation, food scarcity, etc.)
How is my host city reacting to this issue? What initiatives or programs are in place?
What initiatives or programs could I bring back to AU/DC?
Climate Culture Games and Avatars
Creating your own personalized avatar and participating in carbon offsetting games online help students understand their carbon impact in clear and concise ways. With social networking capabilities and the functional island clean-up simulator, Climate Culture has produced an effective tool that will make saving energy educational and fun! Visit www.climateculture.com to get started.