Ways to Be Sustainable While Studying Abroad
Katie Chappelle, SAI Staff
April 22, 2024

Many students are wanting to learn how they can best travel and study abroad sustainably!

Here are some tips:

  1. Reduce Waste: Carry a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, and utensils. Avoid single-use plastics as much as possible.
  2. Use Public Transport: Opt for public transportation, biking, or walking instead of taxis or rental cars to reduce carbon emissions.
  3. Shop Locally: Support local markets and businesses for food and souvenirs. This reduces the environmental impact of long-distance shipping.
  4. Clean Up After Yourself: Remember, these beautiful cities are prettier without trash, just pick up after yourself!
  5. Reduce Water Usage: Take shorter showers, reuse towels, and be mindful of water consumption in general.
  6. Recycle: Learn about local recycling practices and make sure to separate recyclables from trash.
  7. Eat Sustainably: Choose locally sourced, organic, and seasonal foods. Reduce meat consumption if possible, as it has a high environmental impact.
  8. Engage with the Community: Discovering your host country is just as fun as traveling around the continent!
  9. Pack Light: Travel with minimal luggage to reduce fuel consumption during transportation. You can even donate the clothes you no longer wear at the end of the semester to lighten your suitcase on the way home!
  10. Volunteer: Many universities and programs offer community service opportunities for students – SAI Programs has a service learning project that includes teaching English to locals, and John Cabot University in Rome has a community service program where students can help serve the local communities in various ways. Another great way to give back is through SAI’s Global Learning Certificate Program which combines academic courses, community engagement, mentoring and structured reflection to enhance global awareness and build a framework for leadership development.

Studying abroad can show you exactly how beautiful the world can be, especially in cities that have been around for thousands of years. By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you can make a positive impact on the environment while studying abroad.

Written by: Katie, SAI Social Media Associate

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