GW runs a pilot composting program in Pelham Commons at the Mount Vernon Campus and a Back of House composting program in District Hall. Current studies are underway to investigate the feasibility of bringing composting to other Foggy Bottom facilities.


Dining Vendors
Many of our GWorld vendors participate in GW’s back-of- house composting initiative. These include:
 Tonic at Quigley’s Pharmacy
 Starbucks at E Street and Gelman
 Uptowner Restaurant
 Carvings Restaurant
 All District House vendors

GroW Garden

The Grow Garden has been in operation since 2009, committed to engaging in home-grown food in an urban environment. The GroW Garden permits students to get involved through volunteering in the garden and also through their composting program, where they accept vegetable food scraps and egg shells. All students and staff can drop off items at their location on the corner of 24 th and H Street.

Pelham Commons Pilot Project

The West Hall dining hall, Pelham Commons, has run a composting program in their back-of- house since opening in 2010. In 2013, The Urban Food Task Force provided grants to cover the initial costs of a front-of-house composting program. Since then, Pelham Commons has offered a holistic, sustainable waste management system.

1959 E Street Pilot Project

Last year, one of Campaign GW’s Eco Reps began a pilot composting project in 1959 E Street residence hall. Students keep their compost bags in their freezers, disposing any food scraps in them throughout the week. At the end of the week, students leave these bags outside their doors and Eco Reps collect and compost the materials for them.

GW Biology Department Pilot Project

Under the direction of Professor Tara Scully, the GW Biology Department runs a pilot composting program in both of their offices – Bell Hall 302 and the Science and Engineering Hall 6100. Waste collected is used for soil in the department’s greenhouse atop Bell Hall.