Sustainability

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The Office of Sustainability works with the GW community to build a greener campus, offer more sustainable dining options, and improve the social and environmental impact of the business practices of the university. The office also collaborates with other GW programs in and out of the classroom to equip staff and students with the skills and knowledge to contribute to a sustainable future.

Services/Activities:   

  • The GW Ecosystems Enhancement Strategy outlines GW’s broad goals for incorporating sustainability into its operations and business decisions. The document is intended to build the institutional understanding of and commitment towards sustainability at GW, and engage GW's internal and external stakeholders. 

  • GW’s Climate Action Plan addresses climate change through the design, management and use of GW’s campuses and transportation options. The university’s commitment to carbon neutrality is the cornerstone of its climate change strategy; GW aims to reach its target for carbon neutrality by FY 2040.

  • The GWater Plan addresses water conservation through the design, management and use of GW’s campus water infrastructure. GW is committed to reducing the campus’s potable water footprint and negative impact on the watershed.

  • GW’s Green Office Network is the primary faculty and staff sustainability engagement program, in which the Office of Sustainability helps facilitate a conversation and sharing of sustainability best practices amongst the GW faculty and staff. The office also manages a Green Office Certification available to all GW offices.

  • The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the rest of the Division of Operations, provides numerous opportunities for students to get involved in sustainability at GW. The Sustainability Pledge allows students to commit to sustainable behaviors, and learn more about how to lessen their impact on the environment. GW Eco-Challenge and Recyclemania encourage students to compete to reduce their energy and water consumption and divert waste from the landfill, respectively. Students can sign up as “Eco Reps” to serve as green leaders in their residence halls and across campus, or join one of the many sustainability-oriented student organizations on campus. 

  • The campus GroW Garden provides an example of urban agriculture, and donates over 1200 pounds of produce annually to the homeless at Miriam’s Kitchen. GW’s produce is also featured in the Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Farmer’s Market CSA. GW students, staff, and other community members volunteer at the garden regularly to learn about urban farming and support social and environmental sustainability locally.