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.



Carbon Commitment


Sustainable DC


We Are Still In


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.


aashe gold

Since 2014, GW has held a Gold STARS Rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 



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

Sustainable GW Award for Student Change Makers

Student energy and passion have always been key drivers of sustainability progress at GW.  Each spring, Sustainable GW recognizes a student or team of students who have made a significant impact on the University's institutional commitment to sustainability.  Nominations for this award may be submitted to [email protected] by April 1st each year. Winners are announced on Earth Day. 

In 2019, the Sustainable GW Award was awarded to Sage Wylie and Izzy Moody, for their efforts on the Food Experience Task Force.