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Sustainable construction has begun on NYC's Roosevelt Island

Cornell’s Climate-Conscious Urban Campus Arises

June 22, 2017

Cornell University is in the process of building a Tech campus in New York City that aims to produce as much energy as it uses.

Students Protest Trump Paris Decision

Colleges on Paris Climate Accord: "We Are Still In."

June 14, 2017

George Washington University was among the first of hundreds of colleges and universities to pledge to keep their commitment to the Paris Climate Accord after President Trump officially removed the

Cities, states, companies to ignore Trump, commit to Paris Climate Agreement

June 07, 2017

In light of President Trump's recent action removing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement originally signed by President Obama, officials from over 100 companies, 80 universities, and more than

GW Roadmap to Zero Waste

August 29, 2016

The George Washington University (GW), consisting of the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campuses in Washington DC, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia, is comm

Research scientist Matthew Lumb

Developing the Next Generation of Solar Cells

August 18, 2016

Through a $900,000 grant from the Advanced Research Projects

GroW Garden

GroW Garden awarded $5,900 for rainwater collection system

July 12, 2016

The Department of Energy and Environment awarded GW’s community garden $5,900 last month to install a rainwater collection system.

Foot Traffic Ahead

Walkable Urban Places Gain on Suburbs

June 21, 2016

For the first time since cars, quieter streets and spacious homes lured people out of city centers and into suburban towns, people are moving back downtown and demand for

Waste Not Wednesday

Waste Not Wednesday: Pressed, Not Prejudiced, Produce

April 21, 2016

In a world full of monster-green juices, pricey juice cleanses, and upscale organic juiceries, it can be hard for cold-pressed juice to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

The HomeGrown Farms team pose with founding sponsor Ann Scott and competition director Lex McCusker. (Logan Werlinger/GW Today)

The Next New Venture: A Fresh Way to Farm

April 21, 2016

HomeGrown Farms may provide a glimpse of the future of farming. And while it is certainly green, it is not the rolling acres that the word “farm” usually connotes.

Frank Sesno at the 2015 Planet Forward annual summit. "The idea is to have these compelling communicators and storytellers, and

Land O’Lakes, Inc. Donates $500k to Planet Forward

April 21, 2016

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is making a $500,000 donation to Planet Forward, the university announced Wednesday.

GW senior and Campaign GW representative Sabrina Freese explains the university's green building policies to students at the Ear

Student Efforts Highlighted during GW Earth Day Celebration

April 21, 2016

More than 100 George Washington University students, faculty and staff celebrated the university’s commitment to sustainability Monday during the annual Earth Day fair with speeches, information

Behind the Scenes Look at the F Street House's Eco Challenge Strategies

April 12, 2016

President Knapp and his wife, Diane Robinson Knapp, came to George Washington University in 2007 with many priorities including sustainability.

Fruitcycle diverts landfill-bound fruits and vegetables and turns them into snacks. (Screenshot from Fruitcycle website.) - See

Waste Not Wednesday: Snacking Sustainably

April 07, 2016

D.C. may be a great hub for good food, but it’s also a huge hub for food waste.

Frank Fritz assembles and labels the bins for a pilot composting program last July. (Photo courtesy The Washington ComPost at GW

Waste Not Wednesdays: The ComPost Crackdown

April 05, 2016

Students are leading the battle against food waste in cities.

Waste Not Wednesday

Waste Not Wednesday: Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner? 9.6 Billion People

March 22, 2016

Imagine that you’re planning a dinner party. You’ve invited everyone, and are lenient with invitations, plus-ones, and friends-of-friends.

Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund lead investigators (l-r): senior advisor Donna Attanasio and professors Saniya LeBlanc an

Meet the Inaugural Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund Awardees

March 22, 2016

Three research teams led by George Washington University faculty members and researchers have been selected for the inaugural Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund Awards, a multi-year research

Dean Linda Livingstone welcomes Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Oh Joon. (Logan Werlinger/GW Today)

Sustainable Development Requires an Evolving Agenda

March 21, 2016

The United Nations’ approach to development continues to shift away from purely economic advances to encompass more social and justice issues, Korea’s ambassador to the UN told an audience at the

José Andrés (left) and Kathleen Merrigan start the discussion at the second "Sustainable Plate" event. (Photos by William Atkins

José Andrés and Ambassadors on the Culinary Roots of Culture

March 08, 2016

In 1826, Mary Randolph’s essential guide to authentic American cooking, “The Virginia Housewife, or Methodical Cook,” was published.

From left, Frank Sesno, Lynn Scarlett and Mike Boots discuss common ground regarding climate change and clean energy. (William A

Finding Common Ground: Climate Change

February 18, 2016

In order to find common ground regarding climate change and clean energy, U.S. leaders may need to shift the conversation away from science and toward economic reality.

Chef José Andrés said that a sustainable food system will start with changing one dinner at a time.

Three Ways to Build a ‘Sustainable Plate’ with Chef and Activist José Andrés and D.C. Food Scene Insiders

February 11, 2016

When world-renowned chef and activist José Andrés began his restaurant career in the United States after a stint in the Spanish Navy, he started with tapas, the small plate dishes popular in Spai

District of Columbia Receives C40 Cities Award for Global Leadership on Climate Change

December 08, 2015

(Paris, France) — The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced today that the District of Columbia has won the global award for Green Energy at the 2015 C40 Cities Awards.

A team of GWU students traveled to Paris in December to participate in the annual climate-change summit. (Courtesy of

D.C. Team in Paris to Pitch Solutions on Climate Change

December 08, 2015

Students from George Washington University in D.C.

The Milken Institute School of Public Health's New Hampshire Avenue building received a platinum grade in July 2015, the highest

GW signs onto White House pledge for climate change action

November 23, 2015

GW joined a White House pledge last week in support of a United Nations Climate Change Conference that will take place in Paris at the end of the month.

Courtesy of the GW ReUSE program.

Furniture Finds Second Homes at Local Nonprofits

November 17, 2015

“GW’s ReUSE program supports GW’s sustainability initiative, provides cost savings and promotes goodwill and a helping hand."
- Bobbie Ballard, program manager for ReUSE

George Washington University Urban Food Task Force volunteers packed bags of produce for residents of Ward 7 and 8 on Saturday f

Pop-Up Produce Market Offers Deanwood Residents a Fresh Take on Nutrition

October 27, 2015

Every week, 56-year-old Garcella Campbell rides her bike across D.C. to the Turkey Thicket Aquatic Facility to take water aerobics classes.

George Washington University Executive Director of Sustainability Kathleen Merrigan shared her expertise at the Smithsonian's Fo

Three Take-Aways from the Smithsonian’s Food History Roundtable

October 27, 2015

In the 21st century, Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” painting of a farmer and his wife standing with rake in hand on a small plot of land has been replaced by urban farms tucked between skyscraper

GW student Eleanor Davis with Mr. Arnaud. (Photo: Logan Werlinger)

Students Practice Climate Change Negotiation

October 13, 2015

The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), also known as COP21, will gather in Paris this November with the aim of setting a new internati