Earth Month 2015

GW Earth Month celebrates the Power of Partnerships!


This year, GW celebrates the year of partnerships. From the Capital Partners Solar Project to the Eco-Equity Challenge, working together is important for a sustainable future!


Eco-Equity Challenge Proposals Due

When: March 20th
The Office of Sustainability and the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service are providing an opportunity to support GW students in their social entrepreneurial efforts to address environmental and social justice issues in Washington, D.C. The grant comes as part of the ongoing collaboration between The George Washington University and Siemens Industry, Inc., Building Technologies Division, and is part of their joint commitment to environmental and social sustainability. 

Sustainable Urban Planning Online Information Session

When: March 19th, 1-2 pm
Where: Online
There has never been a more exciting time to become an urban planner, and the Sustainable Urban Planning Master’s Degree Program at The George Washington University, situated at the heart of the National Capital Region, is the ideal place to start.
Register today for an information session and learn how you can become a leader in this exciting and rapidly emerging field with a master's degree in Sustainable Urban Planning or one of our graduate certificates in Urban Sustainability, Climate Change Management and Policy, and Sustainable Landscapes

Environmental Film Festival: Return of the River

When: March 19th, 7:30 pm
Where: GW Marvin Center 3rd Floor Amphitheater

Special guests Jessica Plumb and John Gussman co-directors on the film will be speaking after the film. "Return of the River" is a feature documentary that tells the story of the largest dam removal and river restoration project in history, currently unfolding on the Elwha River in Washington State. The film explores an extraordinary community effort to set the river free, and shows an unlikely victory for environmental justice. Told by an ensemble cast of characters, "Return of the River" offers hope amid grim environmental news.

Equitable Development in DC: Sustainability from Below

When: March 26th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: GW Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
ONE DC and The George Washington University present the second annual conference on Equitable Development in DC: Sustainability from Below. This event brings together Washington DC residents, organizers, students, scholars, elected officials, and others committed to creating more living-wage jobs, affordable housing, and greater wealth accumulation for residents of traditionally underserved communities, many of whom are experiencing displacement due to rapid gentrification. We will discuss and debate national strategies and local initiatives to practice democratic economics in our communities. Our goal is to stimulate action to create the communities we envision. Learn more here and RSVP here.

Earth Hour 2015

When: March 28th, 8:30-9:30 pm
Where: All over the world!
Turn off your lights and head outside to watch campus buildings go dark. Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. We have grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. 


Foggy Bottom Farmer's Market

When: Wednesdays, 3:00 - 7:00 PM (April 1st to November 25th)
Where: 23rd and I St. NW Walkway
The first day of the Foggy Bottom Farmers market is April 1st, stop by and select from locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, organic and grass-fed meats, handmade cheeses, breads/desserts, preserves, herbs, flowers, plants and much more. Details are here:

The National Organic Program: Behind the Scenes with Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

When: April 1st, 7-8 pm
Where: 1957 E Street NW, Room B12
Please join First Chapter and GW’s own Dr. Kathleen Merrigan for a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. National Organic Program. Merrigan played an instrumental role in the creation and passage of the Organic Foods Production Act and other initiatives assisting organic food production efforts. Drawing on her perspective as a woman in the USDA and in policy efforts more generally, she will speak about the politics of the organic movement, the role of the environmental movement in this process, and current challenges and opportunities. Throughout, Merrigan--who once said, "The tool I couldn't live without would be the pen"--will highlight the role of persuasion, advocacy, and language itself in the good food movement and in public policy and social change more broadly. 


When: April 6th, 4-6 PM
Where: Mid-campus Quad
Come and check out this event all about water!

Campus 2 Career Student-Alumni Dinner of Sustainability

When: April 7th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: GW Alumni House

There are over 270,000 living GW alumni, and over 80,000 alone living in the DC-metro area. If you are a junior or senior trying to decide what you want to do after graduation or wondering how to prepare for jobs or internships in your potential career field, now is the time to start networking with these alumni! This series of industry-specific networking dinners offers you a chance to get a leg up and network with many respected alumni in career fields that interest you. Gain valuable insight on what it means to be part of the GW lifelong and worldwide community by taking part in one of these networking dinners. Register here.

Trashion Show

When: April 13th, 7:00 pm
Where: Marvin Center, Room 307

Join Green GW for their annual Trashion Show: a Project Runway-style fashion show where students can design outfits out of reused and recycled materials.

2015 Academic-Federal-Foundation Dialogue on Environmental and Energy Research and Education

When: April 13th-14th
Where: Milken School of Public Health
The Dialogue is organized exclusively for administrators and faculty of our affiliate schools and is a benefit of membership within NCSE’s University Affiliate Program. The purpose of the Dialogue is to bring together leaders from the nation’s leading four-year universities and community colleges and provide them opportunities to learn about federal and foundation priorities and initiatives related to environmental, sustainability, and energy programs and funding.

GW's Sustainable Urban Planning Symposium: Urban Design and Real Estate Markets

When: April 17th, 3:30-6:00 PM Reception to follow
Where: Funger Hall, Room 108
Our symposium features leading researchers from the allied fields of economics, sociology and urban planning who will speak about the role real estate markets play in driving redevelopment, design innovation, planning policy and policy outcomes. RSVP.


  • Tridib Banerjee, University of Southern California
  • Derek Hyra, American University
  • Daniel McMillen, University of Illinois
  • Keith Ihlanfeldt, Florida State University     

Inaugural Dorn McGrath, Jr. Lecture in Urban Planning: “Energy Policy = Urban Policy: Are We Prepared?”
Dr. Amy Glasmeir, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

When: April 18, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Funger Hall Room 108

Drawing on a voluminous literature on energy futures combined with case studies of the development path of individual countries, the talk will explore the opportunities and challenges arising from an era in which energy policy equals a policy of global urbanization. Please RSVP at  

Earth Day 2015 on the Mall

When: April 18th
Where: Around the Washington Monument
Marking the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day comes during a pivotal time to protect the planet and ensure that world leaders address key issues facing the next generation. 

Earth Day Fair

When: April 22nd, 11:00 am - 2 pm
Where: GW Kogan Plaza and Mid-Campus Quad
Join us for GW’s annual Earth Day Celebration. President Knapp will be making remarks on this year's theme of the Power of Partnerships. A variety of organizations from GW and DC will be featured at the event. Teens Turning Green will also be at the event as part of their university campus tour. Additionally, the winners of the Eco-Equity Challenge will be announced at the fair.

Senior Campaign: Earth Day Coffee Event

When: April 22nd, 11:00 am - 1 pm
Where: Ivory Tower, Dunkin Donuts
The first 100 first time donors will receive a Dunkin' Donuts latte inside of a free GW tumbler.

Ben & Jerry's Book Talk: Ice Cream Social, by Brad Edmondson
When: April 22nd, 5:30 -7:30PM
Where: Marvin Center, Room 307
Net Impact hosts Brad for a discussion and book signing of Ice Cream Social. Registration is free for paid members of DC and GW Net Impact, and $5 for non-members/guests. The first 75 pre-registered people to arrive will receive free Ben & Jerry's ice cream at the beginning of the event! Please register for the event here:

Teens Turning Green/GreenGW Town Hall

When: April 22nd, 6:00 PM
Where: Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
The town hall will be a place to express your ideas to make GW more sustainable. There will also be distinguished speakers and dinner from Chipotle!

Feeding the Planet Summit

When: April 23rd and 24th
Where: Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW
Produced by The George Washington University's Planet Forward, the two-day Feeding The Planet Summit will bring together college students, innovators, policymakers and storytellers to discuss and share the story of climate change and our food system. Participants will present new ideas, identify climate and food challenges, and tell stories of innovations and solutions. More information on presenters and registration here!

"The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment" Townhall

When: April 24th, 9-12 PM
Where: Milken Institute School of Public Health Auditorium
"The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment" is an upcoming report by the US Global Change Research Program.  The draft report builds off the health chapter of the 2014 National Climate Assessment and is authored by over 100 Federal scientists (EPA, HHS, NOAA, USDA, etc.) and provides a comprehensive, evidence-based and, where possible, quantitative estimation of observed and projected climate change impacts on human health in the United States.  Topics include: extreme temperatures, air quality, vectorborne diseases, extreme weather events, vulnerable populations and more. Please see the report's prospectus for more information on the process and scope.
Sign up here!

Anacostia River Earth Day Clean Up

When: April 25th
Volunteer with the Anacostia Watershed Society in the area's premiere annual Earth Day Cleanup. Join the force for good with over 2000 AWS volunteers cleaning up our neighborhoods, parks, streams, and the Anacostia River.

Sustainable Oceans Summit

When: April 25th, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Where: McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
The Georgetown Sustainable Oceans Alliance would like to invite you to the Sustainable Oceans Summit taking place April 25th at Georgetown University. The summit will serve as platform for Millennials to raise their concerns and engage with current leaders in science, business, public policy and entrepreneurship fields.The event is open to all!  Please register for the event here: If you are unable to attend in person, you may register for access to our live webcast.

Good Soils Event

When: April 26th, 12-3 PM
Where: Old City Farm & Guild
More information here!