Earth Month

Earth Month Lasts 1.5 Months this Year at GW!

GW celebrates Earth Month 2017 with events throughout campus.


Update on Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund Project: Microgrid Momentum: Creating Opportunities for Efficient, Resilient Power
9 AM - 11:30 AM
Lerner Hall, First Floor
Microgrids are an innovative solution to reduce emissions, improve electricity system reliability and resilience, and tighten grid security. But financial, legal and technological barriers can slow their deployment.
Please join C2ES, GW and business, and city leaders as we examine the opportunities and challenges of successful microgrid deployment.
To RSVP for the event and view the agenda, click here.
Let's Talk Food: Brunch with Former USDA AMS Administrator Elanor Starmer
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bell Hall room 107
Under the Obama administration, Elanor coordinated the USDA's work on local and regional food systems. She ran the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative and acted as liaison to the FDA on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Elanor also has experience working in the non-profit sector on rural development, agriculture and water policy issues in the United States and Latin America.
Sustainable Student Leaders Meeting
7 PM - 8 PM
Gelman 608
Open to all students interested in sustainability, the environment, climate change, etc! Come and join us for a discussion on events around campus, updates from green orgs, how we can live more sustainably, and to work on ongoing projects.
Sustainability Lunch with Jon Powers, Co-Founder of Clean Capital
12 PM - 1 PM
Old Main Room 219
Jon leads corporate strategy and development, investor relations, and marketing. Jon's passion for clean energy derives from his time served with the US Army in Iraq and the realization that a clean energy economy is vital to protect America's national security interests. After helping revolutionize the US Army's energy program, Jon was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. While in this role, Jon recognized the need to address the inefficiencies in clean energy finance.
Environmental Film Festival:   Silent Land: The Fight for Food
7 PM to 10 PM
Marvin Center Amphitheater 
Directed by Jan van den Berg.
In Cambodia, more and more fertile land is taken over by large-scale farming industries while farmer families are fighting to keep the ownership of their land in order to maintain local food security. Who has the sustainable answer to feed the ever-growing world population? Silent Land tells the stories behind this conflict.
Earth Hour
8:30 - 9:30 PM
Pop-Up Park behind Potomac House and the Support Building
MARCH 26-28
Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
9 AM to 5 PM
College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, College Park, MD
An Evening Event with Chef Jose Andres: The Role of Chefs in Shaping Food Policy
7 PM to 8:30 PM
Jack Morton Auditorium
As part of the undergraduate course SUST2003: The Sustainable Plate, join chef José Andrés and Professor Kathleen Merrigan at the George Washington University for a lively discussion about the the role of chefs in shaping food policy. Details forthcoming.
ENRP Speaker Series: Pathways to a Clean Energy Economy in 2050
2 PM - 4 PM
Marvin Center, Room 405
Karl Hausker, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Climate Program, World Resources Institute, was the leader of the analytic and writing team for the latest study by the Risky Business Project: From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy. Co-Chairs Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, Jr., and Thomas Steyer tasked the World Resources Institute with this independent assessment of technically and economically feasible pathways that the U.S. could follow to achieve an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. Dr. Hausker has worked for 30 years in the fields of climate change, energy, and environment in a career that has spanned legislative and executive branches, research institutions, NGOs, and consulting.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to RSVP for this event here.


Local Foods Impact Conference
9 AM to 5 PM
Jack Morton Auditorium
Planet Forward Summit
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM, 8 AM - 4 PM
Jack Morton Auditorium
The 2017 Planet Forward Summit on April 6-7 in Washington, D.C., will focus on how we as students, scientists, communicators, innovators, policymakers and citizens of the earth, communicate to inspire action. The summit will bring everyone together, all in one room, to share inspiring stories, featuring the best storytellers, collaborating to learn what makes an effective environmental story and to celebrate and reward the best environmental storytelling by college students.
Anacostia River Festival
Anacostia Park (Anacostia Drive & Good Hope Road SE)
The festival is a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and honors Earth Day with a variety of activities including outdoor recreation, musical performances, a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more.
GW Earth Day Fair
10:30 AM - 2 PM
Kogan Plaza
Sustainable Student Leaders Meeting
7 PM - 8 PM
Gelman 608
Open to all students interested in sustainability, the environment, climate change, etc.! Come and join us for a discussion on events around campus, updates from green orgs, how we can live more sustainably, and to work on ongoing projects.
Religion and the Environment: Old Frontiers and New Directions
Elliott School, 7th Floor
This day-long symposium brings together scholars and activists to discuss and assess the
intersections of religion and ecology. Further, our ongoing discussion explores some of the ways in which these intersections are shaping discourses and activism on the environment in the 21 st century, as these have unfolded in local, regional, and transnational movements for environmental justice. Three areas of focus, discussed in each panel, provide the framework for our investigations. These include 1) the ethics of environmentalism as expressed in sacred texts, 2) the involvement of faith-based and interfaith groups in mobilizing support to tackle the environmental impacts of climate change, global warming, and major development projects, and 3) how environmentalism and social justice, framed through the paradigm of religious ethics, can serve an effective tool for mobilizing responses to the most pressing environmental crises of our era.
Biological Sciences Seminar Series: Biological Science on a Changing Planet
12:30 PM - 6 PM
Funger 103
GW scientists celebrate biological sciences and their importance in understanding our world and how to protect species, ecosystems, and landscapes for all. Activities will include a half-day of seminar speakers and a panel on the role of science in the public sphere. We hope that students, faculty, and staff of GW and their invited guests will join us.
Reception to follow.
Earth Day is celebrated all around the world! Be sure to get outside, and give back to our planet!
Earth Day at the National Zoo
The Zoo and FONZ will commemorate Earth Day with green-themed activities. Get gardening tips from expert horticulturists, take a tour of the Zoo's green facilities, attend special demonstrations, and more. Take a ride on the sustainable side, and join the Zoo in its inaugural Bike to the Zoo event this Earth Day!
Find out more here.
GW Bike Party: Respect Your Mother Earth Day Ride
Meet in Kogan Plaza
1 PM to 4 PM
Respect your mother! We will be choosing a trail with as many trees as possible and going for a leisurely ride. Bring a snack (to share if you please), a poem or thought to share about mama nature, good spirits, and a helmet. That should be all you'll need, oh and... A BIKE! Safety is important, wear a helmet! Like @gwbikeparty on instagram and use #gwbikeparty
Sustainability Student Luncheon with Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists
12PM to 1PM
Old Main room 219
GW undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join Ricardo Salvador for a lunch dialogue hosted by the GW Sustainability Collaborative and the GW Food Institute. As the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ricardo Salvador works with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices. This is an open dialogue, and students are encouraged to bring their questions about food, agriculture, food policy, and careers in food and environment.
Lunch will be served, space is limited. Email Ariel Kagan, Sustainability Student Adviser, with questions.


Earth Day Network’s Climate Leadership Gala
6PM to 10PM
Mayflower Hotel, Washington D.C.