Making the GW campuses, the surrounding community and the world more sustainable through the university’s actions and the passion of its students, staff and faculty is an ambitious aim. We invite all stakeholders to join the university on its sustainability journey. In addition to programs offered by Sustainable GW like DC Climathon at GW and the Eco Equity Challenge, departments and centers across GW host programs and initiatives that promote the values and principles of sustainability, like Planet Forward and the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, which supports the Alternative Breaks program.
GW is one of a handful of organizations exploring how an institution can enhance ecosystem services. This is a rich opportunity to bring together the resources on campus, the energy and dedication of our students, staff and faculty, and the platform a university provides for sharing insights.
Our campuses provide living laboratories for exploring approaches to sustainability challenges that many public and private institutions have in common. By setting ambitious goals and targets, testing ways to meet them and reporting on our progress, we can help advance urban sustainability.
Students provide ideas, passion and influence on sustainability issues across our campuses. They drove our initial sustainability initiatives and remain engaged in many ways; for instance, through student groups on campus; academic work and living labs, and service projects in the community.