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The university has written three strategies, setting goals and targets around the resource impact areas of climate, water and ecosytems. The spring 2012 ecosystems plan is a comprehensive plan that complements the previously launched climate and water plans. GW commits to reviewing its impact on and dependence on ecosystems locally, regionally, and globally, and to make a plan to enhance ecosystem services in these regions.
Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge (signed 2012)
- GW is a founding signatory of the Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge (CUSP).
- Launched in February, 2012.
- The District of Columbia Mayor’s College and University Sustainability Pledge (CUSP) invites the District’s institutions of higher education to commit to pursuing sustainability as engaged participants in the Mayor’s ambitious goal of making the District of Columbia the most sustainable city in America.
- The CUSP recognizes the critical leadership role of the District’s colleges and universities in advancing sustainability on campus and in the community.
- Learn more about the commitments.
- GW commits to enhancing the biological richness of the campus, and will start by drafting guidelines for outdoor space that are habitat friendly.
- GW commits to increase food sustainability by working with on campus vendors to promote green practices and to increase the transparency of our food sources.
- GW commits to sourcing products that reduce its impact on biodiversity, climate and water, and will start by drafting sustainable procurement policies for three major purchase categories (e.g. paper, electronics, water, etc.) by 2017.
- GW will develop a framework for integrating sustainability trends and issues into evaluation of strategic investment opportunities and risks, and will start by developing a policy for proxy voting by 2014.
- GW commits to becoming a Zero Waste campus in the long-term, and aims to increase recycling to 50% by 2017 and to reduce litter on campus.
- GW commits to connecting students and the GW community to the wealth of local natural areas through service projects and outings (e.g. Green Campus Walking Tours, treks to Chesapeake area natural areas, and integration of field studies into academic offerings).
- Reduce total potable water consumption by 25% over 10 years from FY08 baseline
- Capture rainwater that falls on our campus - zero run-off
- Reduce the amount of contaminants going into our campus waste water system - zero pollution
- Reduce direct expenditure on bottle water in university procurement by half over five years from FY11 baseline
Climate Action Plan (signed 2010)
- GW is a signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment
- GW commits to carbon neutrality by 2040 and a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025
- By 2040, produce 10% of energy through onsite low-carbon technologies