Staff Editorial: Sustainability in global partnerships

A committee of faculty from across the University has been tasked with examining how to further integrate sustainability in the curriculum – an impressive step to create a green academic model.

This focus on sustainability will go beyond D.C., as students will be able to take more sustainability classes abroad and examine critical environmental issues from an international standpoint.

This is an exciting and progressive opportunity for students of all disciplines, and serves as a sign that the University is continuing to look for new and innovative ways to promote sustainability.

But the University shouldn’t stop there. As GW continues to expand in its global academic partnerships institutions from Brazil to Africa and China, it should also work with these international partners to develop a culture of sustainability and hands-on environmental enrichment.

GW should, with its international peers, establish a system of collaboration for sustainability. The ideas, curriculum and projects that are occurring in Foggy Bottom can serve as models for institutions GW is paired with across the world. This isn’t an entirely new endeavor, rather it is an addition to the momentum the University has toward enriching students through a sustainability-focused curriculum.

And the University already has a model to work towards these goals. The School of Business already has a strong relationship with Renmin University of China in the area of business degrees. GW should integrate a green-focused system into this partnership by promoting a curriculum that can have a critical green impact for the local community.

By expanding sustainability opportunities beyond the D.C. classroom experience, the University has an opportunity to make a significant impact with its worldwide partnerships. And students will benefit from international applications of sustainability efforts, too.

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