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Few people can stand the stench of garbage, much less think twice about its impact on the world, but for 23-year-old Salua Moussawel, garbage is her passion.After completing degrees both in biology and chemical engineering at Balamand, she remained involved in Lebanon's environmental justice movement, volunteering to clean up the country's coastal beaches and advocating for a zero-waste lifestyle.Still, the expertise acquired by students is not necessarily recycled back into Lebanon's economy.Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat, biodiversity specialist at Saint Joseph University (USJ), agreed that despite the country's desperate need for a young generation of environmental experts, there are simply not enough openings for them to have promising careers in Lebanon.The ProGreen online diploma, a relatively new program at AUB, is certified in collaboration with LAU and the American University in Cairo.Ahmad Damaj, an environmental specialist working for Lebanon's Environment Ministry, is a recent graduate of AUB's Pro-Green diploma, during which he specialized in renewable energy.Nour Kanso, an environmental consultant in Lebanon, said she saw a rise in the number of undergraduates studying environmental health since her time at AUB before the 2015 protests.
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