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About Carboun

Carboun is a non-profit volunteer-based advocacy initiative promoting sustainable cities in the Middle East and North Africa region. Carboun focuses on the built environment and urban systems of regional cities, and advocates a sustainable approach for their development that balances economic development and a reduced impact on resources, and the environment. It also advocates leveraging urban resilience as a tool for long term urban sustainability.

Carboun’s geographical scope focuses on the economic, environmental, and developmental conditions predominant in the countries of the wider Middle East and North Africa, including the Arab World, Iran and Turkey. The initiative’s name, Carboun, is a transliteration of the Arabic pronunciation of the element Carbon, the most elemental constituent of life, the source of our energy, and more recently, the main driving factor behind our planet’s climate change.

Carboun’s website provides an online journal for sharing information relating to urban sustainability in the cities of the Middle East and North Africa region covering a range of urban systems and components including energy use, water use, sustainable design and urbanism, transportation, carbon emissions, climate change resilience, material resources, waste, and urban environment.

The Carboun initiative is engaged in a number of regional projects relating to sustainability in cities. The initiative’s current projects cover energy use in buildings, carbon emissions, and impact of climate change on the region. Carboun is also engaged  in a number of national-level projects.

The Carboun initiative was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. Carboun is a member organization in Climate Action Network International (CAN International).

Carboun Founder

Karim Elgendy, Founder and General Coordinator

Karim Elgendy is an award-winning sustainability consultant based in London, with experience practising design and sustainability in the United Kingdom, the United States and the Middle East. Over the past two decades he has helped create sustainable buildings and urban environments across four continents, and has advised design and engineering practices, management consultancies, and think tanks.

Karim’s project and research interests include developing sustainable, resilient, and smart cities, and assessing the role of policy, urban planning, building design, and urban mobility in reducing the impact of cities on resources and the environment.

As a regular speaker and writer, Karim is a public advocate for sustainability. He is also regularly cited by mainstream media including the Financial Times, Reuters, Aljazeera, and Forbes, as well as academic publications. Karim is the recipient of the 2013 Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award by the World Green Building Council, and serves as a judge for the Middle East and North Africa region’s annual green building awards. He can be reached at Karim [ a t ] Carboun [ d o t ] com.

Stay in touch with Carboun on Social Media

Carboun’s networking group on Linkedin is a forum for professionals researchers to network and share common interests relating to sustainability and the environment. Carboun’s group is the largest Linkedin group focusing on sustainability in the Middle East.

Carboun Feed on Twitter contains a feed of news and developments in Arabic and English (@CarbounCities)

Carboun’s Page on Facebook at, also contains additional – albeit irregular – updates on news and developments relating to Middle East Sustainability. All content is in english.