To demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, the George Washington University signed the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment in 2009 and the District of Columbia Mayor’s College and University Sustainability Pledge in 2012. The pledge unites eight D.C. area universities with the mayor’s office in efforts to advance environmental, social and economic progress through specific actions in areas such as energy-efficient buildings, water use, sustainability related research and education, community development, responsible purchasing and more. In 2017, GW reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and joined the We Are Still In coalition.
In June 2020, the GW Board of Trustees Task Force on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Responsibility published a report stating the university’s commitment to taking swift and decisive action to reverse the trends of climate change and of inequity in our institutions and society. Guided by GW’s internal Ecosystems Enhancement Strategy and external rankings, GW will make significant progress on sustainability in the coming years, on campus and in the classroom.