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).
GW participated in Sierra Club’s Cool Schools ranking from 2009 to 2017.
GW has been included in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges each year from 2011 to 2018.
In 2019, Environment America Research and Policy Center recognized GW as number one in the country for renewable electricity purchased from off-campus sources in their report "America's Top Colleges for Renewable Energy".
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.
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.
Awarded to Sage Wylie and Izzy Moody for their efforts on the Food Experience Task Force.
Awarded to Jan Nowak for his efforts on composting in residence halls and the formation of the Green Student Coalition.
Teaching and research on sustainability requires faculty to reach across disciplines and build new bridges within the academy. Their courage contributes to GW's impact on sustainable development, Sustainable GW recognizes faculty with significant meritorious contributions to the interdisciplinary field of sustainability who have played a key role in establishing GW's legacy as a leader in sustainability.
Awarded to Dean Lee Paddock for his work in the Environmental and Energy Law Program, and his contributions to the interdisciplinary efforts of sustainability at GW.