To create a culture of sustainability at GW, the university has encouraged students, faculty and staff to experience natural areas both on campus and in the region. This direct experience helps nurture appreciation of nature and has direct personal benefits: even small green areas can increase the physical and psychological well-being of urban citizens.
Sustainability goes hand in hand with health and wellness. Students can use GWorld to sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to not only get a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables in their diet, but also to support local food systems. Walking or biking around DC instead of driving or taking a taxi not only builds fitness, it also reduces carbon emissions. Spending time outdoors in green spaces creates a connection to the natural environment that reduces stress and enhances social and mental wellbeing. Students can also get involved in the
Raise Up GW initiative dedicated to helping students engage in a comprehensive well-being experience across campus. Through Raise Up GW, students are empowered to engage in well-being activites and gain a deeper understanding of resources for a holistic lifestyle.
The George Washington University has joined the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) U•Pass program, providing full-time students with unlimited use of Metrorail and Metrobus for a discounted, flat fee. GW's U•Pass program officially launched in January 2022 for the Spring semester.
Student advocacy has brought this program to GW in order to provide students with accessible, affordable, and sustainable transportation options. The U•Pass program has the potential to enhance the GW student experience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the DC area.
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