Georgetown University Office of Sustainability

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Mission: Georgetown University is committed to addressing critical sustainability challenges in our local and global communities. Through approaches that reflect our Jesuit heritage, our core mission of creating knowledge and our commitment to justice and common good, we seek to foster deeper understanding of sustainability and spur action on the issues. The University is pursuing broad-based, practical approaches to sustainability, including an ambitious commitment to cut our carbon footprint in half by 2020. On campus, we are implementing real-world sustainability solutions, using the campus as a living laboratory and developing a long-term sustainability strategy to guide our work.

Hoya Eats
04/09/2019

Hoya Eats

We’re weighing the waste today at Fresh Food Company from 12-1pm! Come learn about how we can limit post consumer waste and be a little kinder to the Earth 🌎 #weighthewaste #lovefoodhatewaste Georgetown University Office of Sustainability

Peter Marra, a leading environment and conservation expert, has been named director of the Georgetown Environment Initia...
04/03/2019
Leading Smithsonian Scientist to Direct Georgetown Environment Initiative

Peter Marra, a leading environment and conservation expert, has been named director of the Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI), the Laudato Si’ Chair in Biology and the Environment and a professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Peter Marra, a leading environment and conservation expert, has been named director of the Georgetown Environment Initiative, the Laudato Si’ Chair in Biology and the Environment and professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy.

This month, Office of Sustainability interns are continuing to perform waste audits for the Pilot Compost Program in Leo...
03/19/2019

This month, Office of Sustainability interns are continuing to perform waste audits for the Pilot Compost Program in Leo’s MKT. The data collected from these audits will help to inform strategies to reduce contamination in Leo’s compost stream and decrease waste. The audits follow a month of education in February at Leo’s to help students compost properly.

During these audits, the Leo’s compost stations will be open on March 20th, 24th, 26th and 28th. Thank you for participating in the pilot program! @hoyaeats @guauxiliarysvcs @guauxiliarysvcs

FREE May Transition Housing and paid positions for Move Out Drive volunteers!The annual Move Out Drive is Georgetown’s...
03/15/2019

FREE May Transition Housing and paid positions for Move Out Drive volunteers!

The annual Move Out Drive is Georgetown’s end-of-the-school-year contribution to our community and the environment, inviting members of our campus community to "re-purpose their packing" at the end of the semester by donating gently used household items to local charities. Last year, Move Out Drive volunteers collected over 55,000 lbs of donated materials, worth $186,000, for dozens of local charity organizations, and kept this material out of landfills.

Move Out Drive volunteers and volunteer leads receive FREE May Transition Housing in exchange for helping to manage donation centers around campus, collecting donations from off-campus residents, and advancing the MOD mission to minimize waste and serve our community. The Office of Sustainability is seeking to recruit student volunteers and volunteer leads (paid position) who are passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice to contribute to the success of the 2019 Move Out Drive.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a deadline of April 12.

Apply here to be a Move Out Drive Volunteer Lead (paid position and free May transition housing)
https://goo.gl/forms/RiPrg6V5kn5HeYMt1

Apply here to be a Move Out Drive Volunteer (free May transition housing)
https://goo.gl/forms/UBzesSsSkGwM5IOp1

Please reach out to Giulia Manno at [email protected] with any questions.

Over the past month, the Georgetown Office of Sustainability and our partners have been working to educate diners at Leo...
03/14/2019

Over the past month, the Georgetown Office of Sustainability and our partners have been working to educate diners at Leo’s on how to aid in the ongoing Post-Consumer Compost Pilot Program. Sustainability interns like @rennymsimone have been stationed by the composting bins at Leo’s MKT and answering questions about what can be composted. This March we’ll be starting a second series of compost audits to better understand how to ensure an uncontaminated compost stream. Keep your eye out for our Compost Team over the next couple of weeks and big thanks to Hoya Eats GREEN - Georgetown Renewable Energy and Environmental Network @guauxiliarysvcs and GU Facilities Management!

Applications for the 2019 Laudato Si' Fund are due TOMORROW, Wednesday February 27.The 2019 Laudato Si’ Fund is a new ...
02/26/2019

Applications for the 2019 Laudato Si' Fund are due TOMORROW, Wednesday February 27.

The 2019 Laudato Si’ Fund is a new sustainability grant opportunity available to Georgetown University students, faculty and staff. Inspired by Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on environmental justice, the fund will provide a total of $300,000 to support projects, programs and thought-leader convenings.

For more information about proposal criteria and how to apply, please visit:

https://sustainability.georgetown.edu/laudato-si-fund.

Georgetown Environmental Leaders - GEL
02/11/2019

Georgetown Environmental Leaders - GEL

GUSA Sustainability has partnered with Georgetown University Office of Sustainability for our Go Plastic-Free campaign!

We’re tabling in Leavey today and Wednesday, 10am-2pm, to give away FREE reusable bamboo utensil sets to everyone who signs our pledge to reduce single-use plastic waste 🌏

You can also post on social media using your bamboo utensils and tag #HoyaGreen to win a FREE Georgetown to-go mug!

View the pledge here: bit.ly/gpfpledge

More details in the campaign brief: bit.ly/gugoplasticfree

Georgetown University Office of Sustainability's cover photo
01/30/2019

Georgetown University Office of Sustainability's cover photo

Georgetown University Office of Sustainability's cover photo
01/30/2019

Georgetown University Office of Sustainability's cover photo

Today, Georgetown University is excited to announce the 2019 Laudato Si’ Fund, a new sustainability grant opportunity ...
01/29/2019
Georgetown University 2019 Laudato Si’ Fund

Today, Georgetown University is excited to announce the 2019 Laudato Si’ Fund, a new sustainability grant opportunity available to students, faculty and staff. Inspired by Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on environmental justice, the fund will provide a total of $300,000 to support projects, programs and thought-leader convenings.

The call for proposals is now open, and proposals are due February 27, 2019.

For more information about proposal criteria and how to apply, please visit:

https://sustainability.georgetown.edu/laudato-si-fund.

Application process now open. Proposals due February 27, 2019. The Georgetown University 2019 Laudato Si’ Fund, named after Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical on environmental justice, is a $300,000 fund available to support projects and programs led by faculty, students and/or staff that ...

11/14/2018
environment.georgetown.edu

Faculty and Staff, do you have an idea for new collaborations for environmental research, seminar series, educational programs, or outreach programs? The GEI Impact Program is welcoming proposals for funding to implement your programs and projects. Applications will be accepted until November 20. Please contact Jennifer Eagleton, Director of Interdisciplinary Initiatives, with questions at [email protected].

https://environment.georgetown.edu/sites/environment/files/files/upload/GEI%20Impact%20Program.pdf

Special invitation for Georgetown students: Next Wed., Sept 5, join us for a fireside-chat with William McDonough, globa...
08/30/2018
A Conversation with William McDonough

Special invitation for Georgetown students: Next Wed., Sept 5, join us for a fireside-chat with William McDonough, globally recognized leader in sustainable design and development.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback on topics of interest, such as Mr. McDonough’s perspectives on solving global sustainability challenges and specific projects or challenges you are working to solve. 3:30pm on 9/5 in Copley Formal Lounge.

Space is limited, RSVP through Eventbrite below!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-william-mcdonough-tickets-49449075516

A select group of Georgetown University student leaders are invited to engage for a fireside-chat conversation with William McDonough, a globally recognized leader in sustainable design and development. Mr. McDonough is an architect with William McDonough + Partners, an advisor to global leaders thr...

Welcome back Hoyas! Kick off the new school year by joining us for 'Rethinking Plastic: Answering a Call to Global Actio...
08/28/2018
Rethinking Plastic: Answering a Global Call to Action

Welcome back Hoyas! Kick off the new school year by joining us for 'Rethinking Plastic: Answering a Call to Global Action,' a luncheon with sustainability thought leader William McDonough on Sept 5! RSVP through the EventBrite link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rethinking-plastic-answering-a-global-call-to-action-tickets-49446002324

Open to the entire University community, the luncheon will feature a keynote talk by sustainability thought-leader William McDonough, who will present a new language of plastic based on his books Cradle to Cradle and The Upcycle. He will outline solutions for redesigning products, packaging and poli...

As the calendar turns to August, more heat is predicted for the DC region. Like/share or comment to tell us how you are ...
08/01/2018

As the calendar turns to August, more heat is predicted for the DC region. Like/share or comment to tell us how you are conserving energy during hot summer days for a chance to win prizes from the office of sustainability!

Feeling the heat? Help our campus community save on energy usage on hot days such as today. Just small acts like taking ...
07/11/2018

Feeling the heat?

Help our campus community save on energy usage on hot days such as today. Just small acts like taking the stairs instead of using elevators or powering down your computer at night can make a big difference!

Take a look back at the highlights of last week's Sustainable Futures Initiative as Georgetown celebrated Earth Day 2018...
04/27/2018
Reimagining Georgetown’s Sustainable Future Includes ‘Doing More Good’

Take a look back at the highlights of last week's Sustainable Futures Initiative as Georgetown celebrated Earth Day 2018.

During strategic planning sessions in advance of Earth Day, faculty, university community members, students, and sustainability experts explore ways to deepen alignment between Georgetown’s sustainability efforts, its core mission and Jesuit tradition, and Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si.

We were honored to accept the District Sustainability People’s Choice Award last week on behalf of Georgetown Universi...
04/23/2018

We were honored to accept the District Sustainability People’s Choice Award last week on behalf of Georgetown University! We are so thrilled to collaborate in the efforts of achieving the ambitious and forward-thinking sustainability vision of Sustainable DC! Thank you to all who voted for us! Read more about the award here: https://bit.ly/2FaCjh8

It was such a pleasure to host and participate in yesterday's Sustainability Solutions workshop with members of our Geor...
04/20/2018

It was such a pleasure to host and participate in yesterday's Sustainability Solutions workshop with members of our Georgetown University community and renowned thought-leader William McDonough. Thank you to all who participated and thank you to Georgetown President John J. DeGioia for your support and your thoughtful reflections on the importance of this work!

Earlier today, I attended a “Sustainability Solutions” workshop hosted by our Office of Sustainability as part of our University’s ongoing efforts to build a more sustainable campus community. During the workshop, teams of Georgetown students presented proposals to deepen our sustainability efforts, and William McDonough, a distinguished leader in the field of sustainable development and co-author of "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things,” shared his experience and expertise with us. I wish to again thank Mr. McDonough for his ongoing support of our sustainability efforts and express my appreciation to all of our student presenters—thank you for your commitment to this important work.

The annual Move Out Drive is GU’s end-of-school year contribution to our community & environment, by donating gently u...
03/17/2018

The annual Move Out Drive is GU’s end-of-school year contribution to our community & environment, by donating gently used household items to local charities as students pack up for summer. Apply to be volunteers with sponsored May transition housing by 3/18: goo.gl/ghFxWF & goo.gl/PYX2hi

Before starting your spring break, take just 5 seconds to vote Georgetown for the District Sustainsbility People’s Cho...
03/02/2018

Before starting your spring break, take just 5 seconds to vote Georgetown for the District Sustainsbility People’s Choice Award! bit.ly/VoteGreenGU

Georgetown University
02/26/2018

Georgetown University

Georgetown has been nominated for the District Sustainability People’s Choice Award for our leading role in campus sustainability. Take 5 seconds and vote for Georgetown: bit.ly/VoteGreenGU

Take 5 seconds (that's all it takes!) and VOTE HERE! - bit.ly/VoteGreenGU
02/25/2018

Take 5 seconds (that's all it takes!) and VOTE HERE! - bit.ly/VoteGreenGU

Our biggest news of 2017 wraps up our sustainability highlights series: Georgetown University is developing an offsite s...
02/23/2018

Our biggest news of 2017 wraps up our sustainability highlights series: Georgetown University is developing an offsite solar power system to provide 50% of campus electricity! ☀️⚡️Check out the positive impact GU will create! #hoyagreen #sustainableGU #GUsavesenergy

We are thrilled that 6 Georgetown University campus buildings will have solar panels installed this year! ☀️⚡️Ch...
02/21/2018

We are thrilled that 6 Georgetown University campus buildings will have solar panels installed this year! ☀️⚡️Check out which buildings, and how much #renewableenergy will be created! #hoyagreen #sustainableGU #GUsavesenergy

Did you remember to switch off your lights when you headed out today?💡 Check out how much #Hoyas saved in just 4 week...
02/19/2018

Did you remember to switch off your lights when you headed out today?💡 Check out how much #Hoyas saved in just 4 weeks during the #switchitoffGU challenge! 🔌 #hoyagreen #sustainableGU #GUsavesenergy

With your help every spring, #Hoyas #repurpose gently-used household goods that would otherwise be wasted, donating them...
02/15/2018

With your help every spring, #Hoyas #repurpose gently-used household goods that would otherwise be wasted, donating them instead to local families and individuals in need. Bring your friends along to donate to the GU Move Out Drive again this May! 📦 🚛 💓 #hoyagreen #sustainableGU

Did you know Georgetown University is the 3-year champion in the Metro DC #carefreeday Campus Challenge? 🥇🚘 Let's ...
02/13/2018

Did you know Georgetown University is the 3-year champion in the Metro DC #carefreeday Campus Challenge? 🥇🚘 Let's shoot for a 4th this year! #hoyagreen #sustainableGU

Always carry a reusable water bottle with you! 💧 Today's 2017 sustainability highlight shows off how much disposable ...
02/12/2018

Always carry a reusable water bottle with you! 💧 Today's 2017 sustainability highlight shows off how much disposable water bottle waste Georgetown University prevented with your help! #hoyagreen #sustainableGU #GUsavesenergy #reducereusedrecycle

Waiting for the return of Georgetown University Farmers' Market? 👨‍🌾 👨‍🌾 Check this 2017 sustainability ...
02/08/2018

Waiting for the return of Georgetown University Farmers' Market? 👨‍🌾 👨‍🌾 Check this 2017 sustainability highlight which shows how much organic material GU students composted during last year’s markets! #hoyagreen #sustainableGU

Planning out your course progression for your Georgetown University career? 🤓📚 We are excited to spotlight GU’s ...
02/07/2018

Planning out your course progression for your Georgetown University career? 🤓📚 We are excited to spotlight GU’s 2017 sustainability highlights this month, starting off with Georgetown’s new core pathway on #ClimateChange! #hoyagreen #sustainableGU

This month we will be spotlighting Georgetown University’s significant sustainability accomplishments from the past ye...
02/06/2018

This month we will be spotlighting Georgetown University’s significant sustainability accomplishments from the past year!🏅 Like and check our page to learn about what we have achieved! #sustainableGU #hoyagreen #GUsavesenergy

2017 was quite a year for Sustainability on the Hilltop! From campus engagement to academics, the entire Georgetown Univ...
01/16/2018

2017 was quite a year for Sustainability on the Hilltop! From campus engagement to academics, the entire Georgetown University community displayed commitment to making our common home a better place for today and beyond. Take a look back at these top accomplishments in 2017 and give yourselves a big pat on the back, #Hoyas! http://bit.ly/2ENjC3k

The 2017 Switch It Off Challenge has officially wrapped up, with a record high 242 student pledges and 6,993 kWh ($700 w...
11/20/2017

The 2017 Switch It Off Challenge has officially wrapped up, with a record high 242 student pledges and 6,993 kWh ($700 worth) of energy saved! We are excited to announce the two community-wide winners: New South Hall for the most energy saved and Reynolds Hall for the most pledges. Your Chipotle study break is coming up soon! Thank you to everyone that participated in #SwitchItOffGU to save energy! Georgetown University Residential Living Georgetown University: Kennedy & Reynolds Hall Georgetown University: New South

Check out these sustainable Hoyas who are taking the #switchitoffGU pledge to save energy! Just one more day to post and...
11/10/2017

Check out these sustainable Hoyas who are taking the #switchitoffGU pledge to save energy! Just one more day to post and tell us how YOU are saving energy on campus! Tag your friends!

The Switch It Off Challenge concludes in just over 24 hours! Save energy using these ten tips and sign the pledge to hel...
11/10/2017

The Switch It Off Challenge concludes in just over 24 hours! Save energy using these ten tips and sign the pledge to help your residential community win the grand prize.

Check out these sustainable Hoyas who are taking the #switchitoffGU pledge to save energy! Just one more day to post and...
11/03/2017

Check out these sustainable Hoyas who are taking the #switchitoffGU pledge to save energy! Just one more day to post and tell us how YOU are saving energy on campus! Tag your friends!

Mid-way through this fall's #SwitchItOffGU energy conservation challenge, Georgetown University: Copley Hall is in the l...
10/31/2017

Mid-way through this fall's #SwitchItOffGU energy conservation challenge, Georgetown University: Copley Hall is in the lead for most energy saved, achieving nearly 9% reduction in electricity use! Keep up the great work! And kudos to the residents of Georgetown University: Harbin Hall in the lead for highest participation! Overall, nearly 200 students have made a pledge to save energy. There are just under two weeks to go - plenty of time for Hoyas to get involved and help lead your residential community to victory! Georgetown University Residential Living

Join 125 Hoyas who have already taken the #SwitchItOffGU Pledge in the past two days! By making a personal commitment to...
10/18/2017
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