CISabroad Gives Back. Everything we do emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere: driving, flying, heating and cooling our homes, watching TV, and studying abroad. The carbon dioxide emissions caused by our actions are causing the Earth’s climate to change and warm, which may have catastrophic results if we do not act to reduce them. So, it’s time to take positive action and make a change.
Being mindful of our impact on the Earth's natural resources, CISabroad is committed to leading by example in integrating environmental awareness and responsibility into our daily operations and overseas programs. Below is information on our broad mission statement as well as specific actions we take every day to reduce our carbon footprint abroad and at home.
Giving Back Abroad with Earth Deeds. CISabroad recognizes that education abroad impacts the environment disproportionately through student air travel. So we’re giving back. Through our new partnership with Earth Deeds, we support environmental projects around the world that are making a difference in their local communities.
How does it work?
1. Using calculations from roundtrip student flights, Earth Deeds measures the social cost of carbon which is a comprehensive estimate of climate change damages and includes changes in net agricultural productivity, human health, and property damages from increased flood risk.This social cost is calculated annually in US dollars.
2. Earth Deeds shares information on community-based projects around the world where we could invest the money calculated above.
3. CISabroad staff chooses projects we think align best with our mission, will make a difference, and are accessible to our students in case they want to visit the project while abroad with us. In 2014, we donated to projects in ten of our sites: Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and ThaiIand. In 2015, we will expand our sites to give more students the opportunity to learn about environmental issues and connect with their host countries in a new and meaningful way.
CISabroad currently supports the following organizations:
Australia- Crystal Waters Eco Village
China - Beijing Forestry Society
Costa Rica- Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
Ecuador- Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Northern Andes
England - Trees for Cities
Ghana - Unity EcoVillage
Hawaii- Sierra Club Hawai'i Chapter
Ireland- Forest Friends Ireland FFI
Italy- Playa Sardinia
New Zealand - Zealandia
Scotland- John Muir Trust
South Africa - WWF South Africa
Spain- World Nature Conservancy
Thailand- Ecovillage Transition Asia
What CISabroad does as a green organization at home.
Reuse existing materials rather than using new ones and when we can’t reuse, recycle! From paper that we re-use in our printer to cans, bottles, and batteries that we diligently recycle, we try to operate sustainably. We also talk as a staff about how to travel with less impact ( for example: buying small travel containers to refill with lotions and shampoos, using water bottles rather than purchasing water, renting hybrid cars when we must drive or renting cars that have high gas mileage).
Purchase office materials from green, local sources using biodegradable and high post-consumer-waste recycled content. Many of our print materials are produced by local, green printers; others are printed using web-based printing techniques which pollute far less than traditional techniques.
Educate you, our participants, about the environment of your host country, and give you volunteer options that help you be a part of making it a greener place. We let you know how to walk lightly in your host country by making suggestions for energy use and conversation. We also let you know what volunteer options exist for you as a student, and even have a CISabroad Green Scholarship for those of you who want to bring the environmental message back home.