Athena Study Abroad is a founding member in the Global Learning Collective, the “We Care Commitment” of which includes “Sustainable Education Travel.” All Collective partners have implemented various environmentally sustainable practices.
One of them, EDU Africa, focuses on the worldwide problem of plastic, and on its website, asks that travelers make the “plastic pledge”—that is, using as little as plastic as possible when they travel. Did you know that more than a quarter of all countries that have enforced plastic bag-oriented legislation are in Africa, and in fact Kigali, Rwanda, has become one of the world’s cleanest cities?
EDU Africa suggests “10 Eco-friendly alternatives [to plastics] to pack for your next trip,” which Athena has modified a bit for U.S. students:
Even more information is available about traveling while using as little plastic as possible can be found here.
But limiting use of plastic is just one part of environmentally sustainable study abroad. At Athena Study Abroad, we also like “40 Green Travel Tips (The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Travel),” written by Bret Love, co-owner of the Green Global Travel website. We’ve selected here Love’s tips that are most relevant to study abroad students (so, for example, we’ve omitted, among other topics, his tips for staying in hotels), and that are not among the anti-plastic tips above.
(Find the complete list here.)