In response to the overwhelming global climate crisis, AIFS Abroad is pleased to make Sustainability a key priority when considering organizational, operational, and programming decisions. We understand that the only way to effectively combat this crisis and mitigate the effects of climate change is to drastically reduce our environmental impact. Therefore, AIFS Abroad has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2025.
The Green Initiative has three pillars. Green Business that includes auditing our own business practices and our program partners to reduce our consumption of finite resources and limiting our carbon footprint. Sustainability Education for both our program participants, through onsite engagement with local environmental projects, and within our industry as a leader in our field. Offsetting Carbon Emissions by purchasing verified carbon credits for all our program participants round trip flights to their program location.
The Green Initiative was started in January 2020 by Global Experiences and was expanded in January 2021 to encompass all of AIFS Abroad.
We are passionate about building environmental education into all our programs, exposing participants to best practices in host countries and providing incentives and tools to help reduce each participant’s environmental footprint. Assisting us with our education reach are our social media channels. Please take a moment to read our sustainability-related blogs.
We are auditing all our organizational activities to reduce our environmental footprint, including dramatically reducing paper use, introducing new ways to share information at student and industry fairs and conferences, examining office practices and focusing on energy usage overall.
AIFS Abroad is proud to announce we have signed the CANIE Accord, becoming the first US provider to make this commitment. The voluntary agreement to this initiative further impresses our commitment to mitigate and reduce our impact in the climate crisis.
Formed by international education practitioners, CANIE (Climate Action Network for International Educators) is a grassroots endeavor to take action on climate change. The CANIE Accord was implemented to recognize, collaborate, and advance the international education communities’ response to global climate change.
All AIFS Abroad Participants will have their international air travel offset by the purchasing of carbon credits in vetted global projects, primarily in developing countries.
The Cordillera Azul National Park REDD+ Project avoids deforestation by strengthening park protection, engaging local communities and other stakeholders in land-use management compatible with conservation, and improving the quality of life of the park’s neighbors.
The water purifiers of the project will not only dramatically increase access to safe drinking water but also reduce consumption for woody fuels previously required to treat drinking water, which will decrease environmental degradation and greenhouse gas emissions.
The BigCoast Forest Climate Initiative converts working forests into project lands and will increase carbon storage which avoids future GHG emissions. The forest contains and protects important ecosystems, drinking watersheds, and lands culturally significant to coastal First Nations.
Orange Suvaan Energy Private Limited (OSEPL) is setting up solar power project at Mhasale village in the district of Dhule, Maharasthra. The purpose of the project activity is to generate electrical power using solar energy through operation of photovoltaic solar panels.
Buenos Aires Ceramic Fuel Switching Project was validated on April 2010 under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Social Carbon Methodology. The voluntary project activity avoids GHG emissions by the substitution of non-renewable biomass with renewable biomass to generate thermal energy in the process of burning ceramic devices.
The main purpose of this project activity is to generate clean form of electricity through renewable solar energy sources. Over the 10 years of first crediting period, the project will replace anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases
The project is located in Yibin city in Sichuan Province, China. The primary objective of the project is to capture and use coal mine methane for power generation. This will displace electricity used from the on-site captive power plant and the Central China Power Grid for on-site use.
This project works to tackle deforestation due to illegal logging by switching fuel use in region from illegal firewood to agricultural and industrial residues. This also serves to reduce indoor air pollution, avoids greenhouse gas emissions and promotes a sustainable supply chain.
TerraClear is breaking down the barriers that make clean water access a challenge for rural communities. Creative strategies and community focused education and promotion are allowing TerraClear to provide access to safe drinking water through the manufacture and distribution of more than 70,000 ceramic filters in over 1000 villages in Laos.
This project has played an important role in reducing CO2 emissions and will continue to contribute towards the economic growth of the area by generating 180 GWh of clean electricity annually, which is equivalent to powering 42,000 households every year.
This project works with local NGOs in Rwanda to deliver clean, safe water to people. This project also provides water sanitation and hygiene training to ensure that the community water supply is maintained.
This project consists of 50 wind turbines that generate clean energy for the local community in the district of Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, India.
This project aims to recreate a healthy, functioning landscape, restored after decades of habitat loss and degradation. This will become the new bush that helps connect to the Australian Outback.
Tell us about your experience! How did you engage with sustainability while abroad? Share your experiences with us to help educate future students and promote sustainability in study abroad!Green Initiative Survey