Sustainability Summit

Reflecting on 2020 and Focusing on a Sustainable Future


SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT 2020 – Reflect. Innovate. Re-Create.

Reflecting on 2020 and Focusing on a Sustainable Future

 Thursday February 11, 2021

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February 11, 2021








10:00am - 3:00pm



who should attend


The GW Sustainability Summit is a unique opportunity to bring together GW students, faculty, alumni, and staff with community leaders, policy experts, change makers, thought leaders, and advocates in the Washington, D.C. area. The event will celebrate the role of the university in addressing sustainability in our nation's capital and beyond, and explore innovative solutions that will further motivate and inspire participants to take action.


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10:00am Welcome Remarks

10:10am Keynote

The Future of Sustainability: The Role of Policy and Politics

10:30am Panel Discussion: Climate and Community Resilience

In the face of rising global temperatures, communities around the world face changes in weather, infrastructure, health, and ecosystems. Research shows that connections within communities can support resilience in light of these changes. The next generation is looking for solutions. Local and federal governments, as well as corporations and anchor institutions like universities have a significant role to play.

11:15Am Panel Discussion: Historical Emissions

When it comes to carbon, is neutrality enough?

Building on GW’s ESG Task Force bold commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030 and to remove all historical emissions, we must address the complex challenge of carbon removal and look at solutions that may not exist today. What role does industry, government and start up technology play in this new frontier.

3:00pm Facilitated Breakouts

  • Climate Resilience in the Chesapeake
  • Urban Sustainability
  • The Future of the Arctic
  • Storytelling for Sustainability
  • Environmental Health during COVID
  • Circularity

3:45pm Speed Networking

4:00pm Panel Discussion: Energy Innovation

How is renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean energy critical to recovery?

Powering the planet is essential to our future, yet youth are voicing their concerns about pollution and climate change. Renewable energy contributes a cleaner approach to the energy mix. Policymakers, industry, and university leaders are finding innovative ways to encourage cleaner energy purchasing.

4:45pm Closing Remarks

5:15pm Networking for Good

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