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Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE)
RISE serves as a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to promoting research of sustainable environments in Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa. The institute represents a reaffirmation and strengthening of AUC's commitment to sustainable environmental education and research.

Building on the accomplishments of the Desert Development Center's (DDC) legacy in natural resource management, renewable energy and sustainable agriculture in desert areas, RISE has the expanded mission to promote sustainability in a diversity of environments, including rural and urban, desert and temperate, through applied research, education and training programs. The institute is designed to provide new opportunities for AUC students to learn and engage with the environment and related sustainability issues.  

 Adopt-a-Plot Update: Fall 2015

Abu Minqar
El Heiz 
Shubra Qubala

Mission Statement

The Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) is a research, education and service unit of The American University in Cairo dedicated to benefiting people and nature through integrated resource management solutions to environmental problems.


 Trash Monster Recycling Initiative
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Egypt Today
AUC's Adopt-a-Plot Initiative Promotes Organic Gardening
November 16, 2014

El Balad
The American University Launches "Adopt-a-Plot" Initiative
October 23, 2014

Cairo Post
Draining the Desert: Is Finite Groundwater the Price of Development?

August 26, 2014


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RISE works to mainstream gender in its internal organization and core business practices: research, training and community services. Recognizing gender as one of the pillars of sustainability, RISE is dedicated to encouraging women to participate in its core operations. We provide equitable opportunities for advancement for both genders, giving equal access to employment, training, development and community services.