Envisioning a future with healthy & thriving resource systems for all
What We're Doing
GW is one of a handful of organizations exploring how an institution can enhance ecosystem services. This is a rich opportunity to bring together the resources on campus, the energy and dedication of our students, the ingenuity of faculty researchers and the expertise of staff to use the platform a university provides for sharing insights and increasing the impact on and off campus.
Our campuses provide living laboratories for exploring approaches to sustainability challenges that many public and private institutions have in common. By setting ambitious goals and targets, testing ways to meet them and reporting on our progress, we can help advance urban sustainability and resilience and position the university for financial savings.
Students provide ideas, passion and influence on sustainability issues across our campuses. They drove our initial sustainability initiatives and remain engaged in many ways: for instance, through student groups on campus, academic work and living labs, and our Eco- Equity Challenge.
What You Can Do
Join a student group, or start your own. Add a Minor in Sustainability to complement your Major any discipline. Develop solutions to sustainability challenges on campus and in the community. Prepare yourself for a career making change.
Enhance your research by joining an interdisciplinary team of faculty looking at different angles of a complex issue. Mentor students interested in your field. Use campus as a living laboratory for your courses.
Put the principles of sustainability into practice in your office space. Join the Green Office Network to connect with other champions of sustainability across the University.
Promote internships and job opportunities to students. Provide expertise to help GW reduce its footprint. Mentor students on community projects. Fund a program or initiative.
"GW will continue to play a leadership role in addressing global sustainability challenges during my presidency. I am committed to supporting our university’s approach to providing the knowledge, research, practical solutions and informed graduates that create a positive and sustainable future."
Thomas J. LeBlanc
President, The George Washington University
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Celebrate Earth Day with Sustainable GW, campus organizations, and community partners at the annual Earth Day Fair in Kogan Plaza on April 22nd from 11am-2pm. This year, we're hosting two special events to encourage GW to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Sustainable Food Cook Off
In support of GW's efforts to reduce waste and support local food systems, Sustainable GW is hosting the first annual sustainable cook-off, a campus wide event that brings community, sustainability and fun to the forefront. See our event page for more details, updates, and tips for entrants.
First and second place winners will get a free Cuisinart Food Processor or a CrockPot!
Trade your gently used clothing and accessories
In addition to the clothing swap, you will find:
-A textile recycling table. Please bring your well worn and damaged textiles to be recycled.
-A clothing and accessory repair table.