Faculty Research

GW faculty and the programs and institutes they lead continue to be the sustainability stars on GW’s campus. Through our faculty’s provocative research and challenging courses, they provide insight and knowledge to both students and local and global partners, in and out of the classroom. This report only touches on the accomplishments of GW faculty researchers and instructors. Their work is deep and vast, and it is impacting areas ranging from urban sustainability to energy law and from engineering to public health to corporate responsibility.

Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund 

The 2014 Power Purchase Agreement between George Washington University (GW) and Duke Energy Renewables, Inc. (DER) was a pioneering agreement, demonstrating an important way in which universities and private corporations can constructively partner to advance sustainability. The innovative arrangement provides GW with one half of its electricity consumption from solar power. To build on this positive experience, GW and DER are now leveraging the world-class expertise of GW faculty with the innovative spirit and business acumen of DER to advance research in sustainability. To this end, GW and DER have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund.  Each year, about $85,000 in research funding is available to support research on topics related to energy, including those that affect the climate, water, food, and cities either directly or indirectly. Read GW coverage of 2017 winners and 2016 winners

The projects should focus on energy research in some way. All energy topics are possible, including those that affect the climate, water, food, and cities either directly or indirectly. Faculty are encouraged to contact Sustainable GW Research Director Robert Orttung ([email protected]) to discuss possible proposal topics to be sure that they are appropriate for this competition. The interdisciplinary team projects may include the assistance of GW students and staff, and other collaborators from outside the university, as appropriate. Read more by downloading the document below.

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Interdisciplinary Research

Sustainable GW serves as a convener, bringing together faculty from across different schools and departments to conduct interdisciplinary research that leverages expertise from different angles of a sustainability topic. Currently, cohorts are forming around natural disaster preparedness and response, electric vehicles, and using energy to build equity in the greater D.C. metropolitan area. To connect with those cohorts or to propose an additional interdisciplinary research question, contact Sustainability Research Director Dr. Robert Orttung at [email protected].