Water is a precious natural resource that healthy ecosystems manage effectively- providing us with purified, fresh water and regulating water flow related to runoff and flooding. As outlined in the 2011 GWater Plan and consistent with GW's 2020 statement regarding Environmental, Social, and Governance Responsibility, GW is committed to reducing its water consumption, increasing rainwater retention, enhancing water quality and reducing the use of bottled water.
Moving Past Plastic
As part of the university's commitment to eliminate single-use plastics from campus, reusable water bottle filling stations are available in buildings across campus.
Find a filling station to fill your reusable water bottle.
GW has made significant investments since the summer of 2015 to reduce potable water consumption through the Eco-Building Program. The university has repaired or replaced toilets, replaced showerheads and installed aerators in more than 40 buildings, improving the water usage of approximately 2,100 toilets, 3,100 faucets, 1,700 showerheads and 180 urinals. In buildings where at least one year of post-retrofit data are available, water consumption during the most recent year was 29 percent lower than the historic average.