Student Efforts Highlighted during GW Earth Day Celebration

GW senior and Campaign GW representative Sabrina Freese explains the university's green building policies to students at the Ear
GW senior and Campaign GW representative Sabrina Freese explains the university's green building policies to students at the Earth Day fair. (Rob Stewart/GW Today)
Hensley Hall wins Eco-Challenge, Student Association president-elect announces sustainability cabinet position.
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 booths and games.
 
Earth Day is globally recognized on April 22.
 
According to George Washington President Steven Knapp, the university’s progress on sustainability not only includes building a reputation as a “model of urban sustainability,” but it also can be traced to the involvement of students at the university and global levels.
 
For example, he said, GW senior Ellie Davis was among the GW delegates who attended last December’s Paris climate talks that resulted in a landmark global climate agreement.
 
“If it wasn’t for our students, we would not be as far as we are on our sustainability goals,” Dr. Knapp said. “I want to thank our students for keeping these issues on the forefront of our university’s attention.”
 
In keeping with the celebration of student involvement in sustainability, Director of the Office of Sustainability Meghan Chapple announced Hensley Hall the winner of the Eco-Challenge competition, which challenges GW students living in residence halls to conserve electricity and water.
 
Ms. Chapple also commended student efforts to share the message of sustainability globally from working to eliminate food insecurity, finding solutions to global climate change and creating a community of daily mindfulness of how small actions impact the planet.