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Our Environmentally Friendly Campus

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Greetings from across the Atlantique! If any of you guys ever came to Cairo, you probably noticed that it’s a polluted city. Where else would you see a bus blowing more smoke than a big fire? In order to avoid polluting our city even more, the American University in Cairo developed an environmentally friendly campus. Other than classrooms, meeting halls and buildings our campus also has a lot of greenery. There are 1,216 date palms such as the ones shown in the photo and a lot of grass areas. Being surrounded by this kind of environment is a pleasant experience when you live in a crowded and polluted city such as Cairo.

Also, the AUC campus is a pedestrian area. This allows us to take a break from the very crowded streets all over the city even if we have to walk around all day in the sun. The only other way of getting around on campus is the golf carts which are not pollutant. But unfortunately they are reserved for faculty members.

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The AUC also encourages recycling. More than 75 percent of the stone in the wall that circles the campus “was recycled from stone that would otherwise have been discarded as waste”. Other than that example, as you can see in the picture, our university also tries to sort garbage. This will later help recycle some of the things thrown away such as paper that will otherwise be a problem to the environment.

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These are some aspects of our environmentally friendly campus. I hope I didn’t scare you away with the bus story. Cairo is still a great place to visit, after all it is the land of the great pharaohs. Talk to you soon!

YOUSSEF Youssef (This is actually my first and last name, I didn’t write my name twice)

Source: http://www.aucegypt.edu/newcairocampus/Pages/default.aspx

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This is a very good effort you have made towards the green environment.This will motivate your students too, to work hard to keep the environment green.

We love your efforts to improve the environment! We do many of the same things on our campus. We compost, recycle, and have golf carts just like you! Yay! Unfortunately, we only get to ride in them if we have a broken limb. We also have many bicycles on our campus. Sometimes this is dangerous, and the pedestrians have to watch out for rogue cyclists.
Your campus looks beautifully magnificent. We saw some videos on YouTube of AUC folk clap-dancing, and we hope to someday reach that level of awesomeness. Until then, we live in hope of meeting the double named boy.
With adoration,
Molly Molly & Briana Briana

Wow! really cool !!

It's fascinating how your school is looking to make a difference in the pollution problem! Here at Stanford, we are also looking to "go green" and be more environmentally friendly. About a half an hour away from San Francisco, Stanford also serves as a safe haven from the bustle of city life. I really like how the campus was made from stone that was to be thrown to waste- its amazing to see the extensive benefits created from something that was perceived as worthless. I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your school- it looks beautiful!

P.S- I like your bus story- kind of reminds me when I went to China haha

It's fascinating how your school is looking to make a difference in the pollution problem! Here at Stanford, we are also looking to "go green" and be more environmentally friendly. About a half an hour away from San Francisco, Stanford also serves as a safe haven from the bustle of city life. I really like how the campus was made from stone that was to be thrown to waste- its amazing to see the extensive benefits created from something that was perceived as worthless. I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your school- it looks beautiful!

P.S- I like your bus story- kind of reminds me when I went to China haha

Hi Youssef,

I think your new campus is not only beautiful but very avant-garde. The promotion of good environmental behaviors is not only a good training for citizenship but will foster an entrepreneurial spirit seeing as how the global market has such an appetite for green technology and solutions. The emphasis on palm trees at the AUC is quite similiar to Stanford. In fact the entrance to Stanford's campus is called Palm Drive, it is a street lined with palm trees much like the AUC. I hope to have the opportunity to one day visit your school!

BR,
David

Hi Youssef,

I think your new campus is not only beautiful but very avant-garde. The promotion of good environmental behaviors is not only a good training for citizenship but will foster an entrepreneurial spirit seeing as how the global market has such an appetite for green technology and solutions. The emphasis on palm trees at the AUC is quite similiar to Stanford. In fact the entrance to Stanford's campus is called Palm Drive, it is a street lined with palm trees much like the AUC. I hope to have the opportunity to one day visit your school!

BR,
David

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Hey Youssef,

I’m impressed by the concern your school has for the environment. It’s quite something to say your school’s entire structuring is made of 75% recycled material! Sounds like your school is ahead of the curve in terms of the rest of Egypt. Do you feel like any of the pollution is due to local industry? To Paige who posted earlier, yeah it does remind me of when I went to China to ☺. I like the pathos appeal of the entry which conjures images of scary fires and huge plumes of ominous smoke. It’s great to hear your school is setting a positive environmental standard for Cairo and the rest of Egypt. Thanks for the post!

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