Research Institutes & Centers

At GW a suite of institutes conducts research on a variety of sustainability topics.

Antibiotic Resistance Action Center

The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) was created to reduce antibiotic resistance worldwide by promoting good stewardship practices in humans and animals. ARAC is conducting cutting-edge research and strategic communications that promotes evidence-based policy to curb the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis

The Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA) was formed in 2005 to undertake applied real estate research focusing on walkable urban development and place management, international real estate, and housing finance policy. 

Energy Institute

GW's Energy Institute explores new approaches to energy science and technology directed toward developing new sources of renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency in order to ensure a sustainable energy future.

Environmental and Energy Law Program

One of the oldest environmental law programs in existence and ranked 16th in the nation, GW’s Environmental Law Program provides tools needed to address climate change, fisheries depletion, air pollution, water scarcity and developing new sources of energy.

Environmental and Energy Management Institute

The mission of the GW Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) is to conduct state-of-the-art and highly relevant research, promote graduate studies and other learning opportunities, and undertake service activities pertinent to the application and implementation of national and international standards for the management of environmental, energy and sustainability challenges facing organizations and communities throughout the Nation and the world. 

Food Institute

Healthy communities depend on food systems that are sustainable, resilient, diverse, fair, economically balanced, and transparent. The objective of GW’s new Food Institute is to establish a capacity in the University to enable and cultivate cross-disciplinary research, public engagement, and education about the organization, health, and environmental effects of regional, national, and international food systems.

Institute for Corporate Responsibility

The Institute for Corporate Responsibility has four program areas including Peace through Commerce, Environmental Sustainability, Corporate Governance and Global Stakeholder Strategies.

Institute for International Economic Policy

IIEP supports high quality research that addresses critical issues surrounding the emerging global economy in the fields of international trade, international finance and international economic development and poverty reduction. One of IIEP's four signature initiatives is the Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries. 

Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia

Since 1984, PISA has worked with partner organizations in Asia to enhance capacity at the national and regional levels to address emerging concerns in the Asia Pacific region. Working with its network of global experts, PISA creates issue-specific programs in areas of mutual concern between the United States and Asia with particular emphasis on transnational issues such as: climate change, human security and international governance.

Redstone Center for Prevention and Wellness 

The Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness promotes sustainable lifestyles by seeking solutions to obesity and other public health problems that are on the rise not just in the U.S., but worldwide. The Center’s overall mission is to expand wellness, improve nutrition, and prevent chronic diseases. The Center traces its genesis to a $30 million donation from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation in 2014 supplemented with additional support from the Milken Family Foundation.

Rodham Institute

As a part of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Rodham Institute is ideally situated to harness the existing resources of academia, government and the community in a coordinated fashion to promote health equity, and foster new innovations to address health disparities in D.C. and the nation. The mission of the Rodham Institute is to partner with the local Washington D.C. community to achieve health equity by cultivating the next generation of community-oriented health care providers, and training them in innovative strategies to improve health care for all.

Solar Institute

The Solar Institute focuses on the economic, technical and public policy issues associated with development/deployment of solar energy to meet global energy needs and environmental challenges.

Sustainable Energy Initiative 

The Sustainable Energy Initiative is a thought-leadership platform for the consideration and development of energy policy. The Initiative provides a forum for open debate on leading-edge energy policy issues, conducts research that significantly advances the knowledge base related to sustainable energy law and policy, and educates students, policy makers and industry participants on issues related to sustainable energy production, delivery and use based on fact and non-partisan analysis.




    For more information about sustainability courses & programs,check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or stop by our office for advising hours. In case you can't make any of our office hours, please contact Dr. Svoboda at , and we will be happy to schedule some time to meet with you.  

    Walk-in Advising for Spring 2017

    Ariel Kagan
    Sustainability Student Advisor

    Office Hours for Spring 2017: 

    By Appointment.
    (Note: All forms must be signed by Dr. Svoboda)

    Old Main, 1922 F St, NW, Room 411C,
    Washington D.C. 20006.


    Dr. Michael Svoboda 
    Sustainability Minor Director 
    Office Hours for Spring 2017: 

    Monday: 1:00-3:00PM

    Wednesdays 3:00-7:00PM

    Old Main, 1922 F St, NW, Room 411B,
    Washington D.C. 20006.