EARTH SUMMIT 2020 – Reflect. Innovate. Re-Create.
Sustainability at GW and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
Reflecting on 2020 and Focusing on a Sustainable Future
Monday, October 26, 2020
Tentative: October 26, 2020
950 New Hampshire Ave NW
Milken Institute School of Public Health
9:30am - 5:00pm
who should attend
The GW Earth Day Summit is a unique opportunity to bring together GW students, faculty, alumni, and staff with community leaders, policy experts, change makers, thought leaders, and advocates in the Washington, D.C. area. The event will celebrate the role of the university in addressing sustainability in our nation's capital and beyond, and explore innovative solutions that will further motivate and inspire participants to take action.
9:30am Registration and Coffee
10:00am Opening Remarks
Thomas J. LeBlanc, President of The George Washington University
The Future of Sustainability: The Role of Policy and Politics
11:15am Panel Discussion: Climate and Community Resilience
In the face of rising global temperatures, communities around the world face changes in weather, infrastructure, health, and ecosystems. Research shows that connections within communities can support resilience in light of these changes. The next generation is looking for solutions. Local and federal governments, as well as corporations and anchor institutions like universities have a significant role to play.
12:00pm Panel Discussion: Circular Economy
Americans enjoy high rates of consumption of goods, food, and energy. The true cost of these consumption patterns affect ecosystems and communities – women in particular - around the world. Creatives and innovators are uncovering new solutions in technology, policy, and education.
Remarks by Mark Diaz, CFO of The George Washington University
Facilitated Table Talks
2:15pm Panel Discussion: Energy Innovation
Powering the planet is essential to our future, yet youth are voicing their concerns about pollution and climate change. Renewable energy contributes a cleaner approach to the energy mix. Policy makers, industry, and university leaders are finding innovative ways to encourage cleaner energy purchasing.
3:00pm Networking Reception, Awards Ceremony, and Student Showcase
Remarks by M. Brian Blake, Provost of The George Washington University
GW Student and Alumni Achievement Awards Presentation