Do you have your “Green Passport” for study abroad?

API is committed to promoting environmental and social responsibility in our study abroad programs. Many of our “API Gives Back” projects have an environmental component, and we are constantly developing new environmentally-focused study and volunteer opportunities abroad (including in Cádiz, Costa Rica, Limerick, Sharjah, and other locations) as well as through our carbon-offset initiative. We have also initiated an internationally-certified carbon footprint analysis in a drive to ultimately have a carbon-neutral office.

As another demonstration of our commitment to sustainable study and travel, API is a key supporter of the Green Passport Program. The Green Passport Program is an educational initiative, aiming to “green the field of international education” in the United States. The program fosters dialogue and encourages participants to promote environmental sustainability and social justice while traveling. It features resources for students and study abroad advisers to learn more about sustainable and responsible travel, and all visitors are welcome to join API’s Group!

Interested parties are encouraged to sign the Green Passport Pledge:

As a Green Passport Holder I acknowledge the interconnectedness of the world’s people and the environment. I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of studying, living, working, traveling, or volunteering abroad and will try to improve these aspects of my international experience. While overseas, and when I return home, I will do my best to:

• Minimize my impact on the environment;
• Act in culturally respectful ways;
• Engage with locals and participate in the local community;
• Give back to my host community(ies).

If you’d like to take the Pledge to become a Green Passport holder,
click here to participate.

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