For the third year in a row, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is the only higher education institution outside of North America to be featured in The Princeton Review’s 2017 Guide to Green Colleges.This year, The Princeton Review chose only 375 out of 629 schools surveyed to showcase in its guide as the most environmentally responsible colleges, based on the schools’ demonstrated commitment to the environment and sustainability. “We strongly recommend The American University in Cairo and other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.
The guide describes AUC as being “at the forefront of the sustainability movement in the region” and gave the University a top Green Rating score based the University’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. “This recognition demonstrates our role as a global and regional model in terms of sustainability,” said Yasmin Mansour, AUC’s sustainability officer. “We hope to continue implementing policies and programs that reinforce our commitment to maintaining an environmentally friendly institution.”Among the “green” policies and programs observed at AUC are: carpool matching program; campus shuttle; incentives to encourage employees to live close to campus; reduced parking fees for carpoolers; policy prohibiting idling; bicycle plan and employee telecommute program.
The Princeton Review has noted an increased interest in green institutions among college applicants surveyed. "Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 64 percent told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college."