Sustainability Minor

Sustainability Minor

In Fall 2012 the George Washington University introduced a new 18-credit Minor in Sustainability, open to all undergraduate students.

The Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability allows students to explore the challenges of sustainability and to think about how to develop solutions to pressing issues at the local, regional, and global scale. It introduces students to the concepts, principles, and issues that inform the sustainability paradigm and also integrates classroom and community-based learning and research in a program that prepares students to apply the sustainability perspective to their future endeavors.

This unique pan-university Sustainability Minor includes several innovative features such as a groundbreaking team-taught introductory course (SUST 1001 Introduction to Sustainability), with faculty from several schools participating, and an experiential learning component that will serve as a culminating experience for junior or senior students.

For more information about the Sustainability Minor, please download this information guide

Questions?

To learn more about registering for the Sustainability Minor, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or stop by our office for advising hours. In case you can't make any of our office hours, please contact us, and we will be happy to schedule some time to meet with you.

Dr. Lisa Benton-Short
Academic Director for Sustainability
Email: lbenton@gwu.edu
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 10:30 am - 1 pm
Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm  

Fridays  10 am - 12:30 pm 

Address: (see map)
"Old Main", 1922 F St, NW, Room 212,
Washington D.C. 20006.

Sustainability: A Minor With Major Impact - Planetforward.org

Student Spotlght

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I grew up in NYC so urban sustainability is something I am really interested in. A lot of people do not realize that cities can in fact be very, and sometimes even more, sustainable than suburbs and rural areas. I have interned with non-profit organizations, like Friends of the High Line in downtown Manhattan, and governmental organizations, like the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Currently, I am an intern at the GWU Office of Sustainability."
- Zohra Roy

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I have always had a passion for the environment and the desire to work with people who hope to change the way we take for granted every piece of plastic, paper, and manufactured material we use on a daily basis. I hope that with a sustainability background, I can funnel my desires into a career that emphasis the importance of renewing, redeveloping, and recycling."
- Leah Herscovici

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I am an aspiring progressive politician and policy maker who is excited about being part of the creation of a new, sustainable economy."
- Justin Santopietro

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I interned at the National Parks Conservation Association last semester, managed the GroW Garden on campus this summer, serves on the eboard of the Food Justice Alliance, works to bring food awareness and sustainability to GW with the Urban Food Task Force, and is a staff member of the GlobeMed GW chapter."
- Haley Burns

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I served on the Green GW eBoard as the Freshman Representative. I am a research fellow and beekeeper for the Department of Biological Sciences here at GW. Currently, I am in the process of founding Student Environmental Advocates U.S. (@SEA_US), a DC-wide environmental student coalition."
- Anthony Bucci

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I am interested in urban history, agriculture and architecture - and how these fields can be bettered through sustainable practices. Last spring I interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, helping organize the museum's annual Sustainable Seafood event."
- Jacqueline Drayer

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"While studying abroad in Jordan in the fall of 2010, I completed a 40-page independent study project which analyzed development projects being implemented in rural Jordan."
- Leonel Senai

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"My primary interest is how to make urban living have less of an impact on the the environment through sustainable development. Last summer, I worked as a garden manager in GW's community GroW Garden. I am currently working with my Senator in the environment, energy, and agriculture legislative department."
- Julia Wagner

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I have enjoyed being a Dance and Environmental Studies double major over the past 3 years and was excited to be able to add the Sustainability minor. I like to find ways to connect my two different majors. For me, dance is a tool to raise awareness about global issues, including environmental concerns and sustainability. I currently intern at the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable."
- Corrine Haynes

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"As a double major in International Affairs and Environmental Studies I have looked to focus on climate change conflict, natural resource consumption, and international conservation. My previous experience includes the Institute for International Economic Policy, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Embassy of Iraq, and the City of Chicago."
- Jeremy Iloulian

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I am very interested in bridging the gap between economics and environmental studies to create more sustainable systems. I interned at Long Island Green last summer, a company who did energy audits for single family homes along Long Island."
- Peter Berini

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I recently returned from a year abroad, first in Australia where I worked at a reforestation organization called Rainforest Rescue, then in Italy. During the summers I teach environmental education and lead rock climbing and hiking trips for teens!"
- Jessica Glicker

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"As the Vice President of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, GW's community service sorority, I've gotten to know many of DC's non-profit organizations. This spring, I plan on studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I will be enrolled in the European Sustainability program."
- Katie O'Toole

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"As an Eco-Rep, I helped launch the e-cycling system that makes it easy for students to recycle batteries, toner, cell phones and light bulbs. Last spring, I was an intern with Campaign GW, the student arm of the Division of Operations."
- Michelle Stuhlmacher

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"As a double major in Philosophy and Environmental Studies, I am interested in the ethics and implications of our relationship on the environment. I have always been interested in issues of sustainability and hope to make a difference in the field of environmental law."
- Kelsey Taylor

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"Throughout my academic career I have worked with different environmental programs, including an internship at The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. After studying abroad in Australia, I believe that the only way to create a sustainable environment is by working with the global community and I hope to acquire the knowledge to do this while at The George Washington University."
- Eleanor Davis

Introducing the Sustainability Minors

I am on the George Washington University Women's Soccer team.
-Taylor Katz

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I spent this past summer working as a social media intern for DupontGreenWeek, a startup in the DC area focused on promoting sustainability through increasing alternative energy, reducing restaurant waste through composting, carbon offset projects, and energy efficiency."
- Jake Snyder

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I'm looking to involve myself in Green Business. I'm currently unsure of whether I want to improve current businesses through implementing more sustainable practices or whether I want to dive into the new eco-friendly product business segment. Either one of those seems fascinating to me and it's my belief that that is where the world is heading and where there are many profits to be made. I have an internship scheduled for the Spring where I'd be marketing for a distributor of eco-friendly iPhone, iPod, and iPad accessories."
- Maximilien Schweber

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

"I am very interested in connecting politics with sustainability to help influence public policy. In the past I have interned for my Congresswoman and State Assemblyman. Next semester I will be a legislative intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality."
- Lauren Lantry

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

I am a sophomore from Minnesota. I am currently interning as a field manager at Live Green a DC based Grass Roots Movement.
-Noah Hurth

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

I am interested in sustainability in food and health, public policy, and both entrepreneurship and corporate business. I hope to learn more about decreasing society's carbon footprint on the environment by promoting sustainable solutions to better health, a cleaner environment, and higher standards of living.
-Sophia Lin

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

My passion for the environment can be attributed to my love for the outdoor and activities like hiking and canoeing. I also enjoy playing all kinds of sports and I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Academically, I am particularly interested in the economics of renewable energy.
-David Segan

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

I'm more interested in global health, an area in which sustainability can thrive since developing countries can begin building services, goods, and systems that promote a sustainable future, rather than having to start over, like many developed western nations.
-Sundal Ali

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

I am a Junior on the Women's Volleyball team here at GW from Eugene, Oregon. I am very interested in urban sustainability and how we can reduce the effects urban living has on the environment. I am hope to intern with the Oregon Department of Forestry this summer
-Taylor Knox

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

My two interests are sustainability infrastructure and urban design; where I aim to advance sustainable infrastructure systems and resource distribution, as well as care for the needs of communities and schools through advanced urban planning.
-Dor Hirsh Bar Gai

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

My interest in sustainability was really sparked during my senior year of high school when I took AP Environmental Science. I hope to combine my disciplines to explore and encourage sustainability as a priority both in the United States and abroad, because I believe that sustainable development can only be accomplished through a global effort.
-Hannah Radner

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

My focus for my sustainability minor is in helping low-income countries implement development strategies in a sustainable manner. Outside of class I am a Guide for GW TRAiLS, the outdoor club on campus, and spend my weekends leading outdoor trips for GW students.
-Emily Schamberger

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

The reason I wanted to focus on sustainability in the first place is because I believe it is very important to our living conditions. With all these building being constructed and all these resources being used that the buildings should be able to operate in a sustainable manor.
-Connor Slye

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

In the future, I hope to work with Planet Forward. Through this minor, I hope to learn how to best communicate environmental issues and disseminate information about sustainable living in future endeavors. I believe with conviction that we must all do our part to live more sustainably. Our national culture and federal government must be proactive - rather than reactive - in dealing with the climate crisis.
-Avra Bossov

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

I wanted to become a sustainability minor because as a civil engineer, it is important to incorporate sustainability into our future infrastructure. Engineering is a great field to encourage sustainability in, and I am excited to do so.
-Kayla Pingel

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

Having grown up in 6 countries across the Middle East, Europe and Asia, I've been able to learn about diversity and global interaction through the variety of people I've been able to meet. I've always been fascinated with the mechanics of internationalism and the growing needs imposed on society due to an expanding world.
-Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

I seek to apply the principles of sustainability, access, and affordability in a way that promotes a health system that provides equitable care to all persons, regardless of status or wealth. I have worked on research projects BHRR (B'More Healthy Retail Rewards) and BHCK (B'More Healthy Communities for Kids) with Dr. Joel Gittelsohn at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Health School, Center for Human Nutrition.
-Jodi Askew

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

My name is Bryan Weissbach and I'm currently a senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs, concentrating in International Development. Hailing from New Jersey, my interest was sparked in environmental studies and sustainability early on in my high school education.
-Bryan Weissbach

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

Growing up preferring Animal Planet over Disney Channel, I have always had a love for nature and environmental conservation. Recently, I went on an alternative break to Puerto Rico, where other GW students and I worked on a permaculture farm that aims to implement, and teach the local community about, sustainable farming techniques.
-Emma Chapman

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

I am studying civil engineering as a foundation to study architecture. My hope is to design not only completely sustainable buildings but also cities that work as a system to create a sustainable future without inhibiting people's quality of life.
-Kiersten Washle

Introducing GW's Sustainability Minors

Throughout my life I have always been interested in creating, and exploring the invention of new ideas. This prompted me to enroll in the George Washington University School of Business with a probable concentration in Entrepreneurship.
-Jeremy Glassman

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