FAQs

Where is the Office of Sustainability on campus? Are visitors welcome to stop by and provide input?


The Office of Sustainability is currently located at 2025 F Street NW, Suite 200. Students are welcome to stop by, although appointments are suggested. Email sustaingw@gwu.edu with any questions or to set-up a time to come by.

How large is the Office of Sustainability?

The Office of Sustainability has two full-time staff, and also employs many student interns. Additionally, we work with individuals across campus to integrate sustainability into the operational and academic sides of GW.

 

Are students involved in sustainability on campus?

Absolutely. In addition to regular student interns in the office, we work with students on initiatives across campus. The Office helps to support Eco-Reps and Sustainability Student Groups, such as GroW Community and Green GW.

 

Does GW offer e-cycling?

Yes, e-cycling of batteries, CFL light bulbs, toner, and cell phones is available in the following locations: Marvin Center, Science and Engineering Hall, Gelman Library, Thurston Hall, Strong Hall, Shenkman Hall, West Hall, Enterprise Hall. Please click here for detailed information on where to find the E-cycling locations across campus. For other items and large volumes, students and staff are also welcome to submit Fix-it requests. The bins were instituted spring 2012, and with increased demand could expand to additional locations on campus. Check out our E-cycling guide to see what can be e-cycled.

 

How do I recycle my used toner cartridges?

Toner cartridges can be taken to any of the e-cycling locations (listed in the section above) or the e-cycling cart located in the loading dock of the Support Building (2025 F Street). If you have ten or more cartridges, you can submit a Fix-it request and select "E-cycling and Recycling Pick Up" from the Fix-it problem drop down menu.

If located at the Virginia Campus, please contact Jason Greco at jgreco@gwu.edu to request pick up of used cartridges.

 

Does GW Recycle?

YES! GW has a robust recycling program that requires the participation and involvement of the entire community. We encourage everyone to review the list of acceptable materials for Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon and for the Virginia Campus. If you think that recycling practices are not being followed in your building, please email your floor, building name and time of day to sustaingw@gwu.edu.

 

What can I put in my blue desk-side recycling bin?

As of Fall 2013, GW has single-stream recyling. This means that you can place clean paper and plastic in all recyling bins and it will be sorted off-site. To see what can be recycled, check out the recycling guide.

 

As an employee, how can I get involved in sustainability on campus?

Employees are encouraged to take advantage of our Green Office Network. This program assists offices in becoming more sustainable, and provides regular tips on best practices that are easy to adopt.  

 

What sustainable commuting options does GW provide?

GW offers several sustainable commuting options. The Foggy Bottom campus is located near numerous public transportation options, and employees can participate in the pre-tax SmartBenefits program. We encourage employees to take advantage of the inter-campus shuttles to the Virginia and Mount Vernon Campus. For bikers, walkers or runners, the Health and Wellness Center offers a discounted shower-only membership for use of the changing and shower facilities. For electric-vehicle drivers, there is a charging station located at level B2 of the Academic Center Garage. The university continues to explore other ways to incentivze low-carbon commuting.

 

Are flexible work arrangements available at GW?  

Yes, please visit Colonial Community to learn more about these options for employees.

 

Can I work for the Office of Sustainabilty as a student?

Yes, more information on internships and employment opportunities can be found on the jobs and internships page. Additionally, we also post external opportunities. If you are an employer looking to hire GW students please email sustaingw@gwu.edu.

 

How do I get involved in a sustainable career?

Pursuing a career in sustainability is a great idea. Options for students involve taking advantage of the sustainability minor, and pursuing internships in sustainability to gain hands on experience. Becoming an Eco-Rep and getting involved in student sustainability organizations on campus provide further opportunities to learn more about the field and gain valuable experience for your resume.