Commitments and Awards

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. In 2017, GW reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and joined the We Are Still In coalition.

We are pleased to have been recognized for the university’s sustainability efforts by a number of organizations that evaluate the performance of colleges and universities.

Since 2014, GW has held a Gold STARS Rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure sustainability performance.

GW has participated in Sierra Club’s Cool Schools ranking every year since 2009, and has been included in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges each year from 2011 to 2018.

GW has also made a set of internal commitments, goals, and targets around sustainability.  These commitments and the action plans to achieve them are detailed in a series of reports and publications. 

View Reports and Publications