Earth Summit


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

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Tentative: October 26, 2020



950 New Hampshire Ave NW

Washington, D.C.

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.


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9:30am Registration and Coffee

10:00am Opening Remarks

Thomas J. LeBlanc, President of The George Washington University

10:15am Keynote

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.

1:00pm Lunch

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