Monica Mehta

Student designs solar-powered table

A freshman is asking the University for $5,000 to help him build a solar-powered picnic table and charging dock he designed to promote outdoor student space. Economics and political science double major Ben Pryde developed a solar energy generator that doubles as an outdoor table on which students can charge laptops, cell phones and other […]

Students crank up energy use, hampering green goals

While GW’s eco-challenge has urged students to think greener, more than half of residence halls actually increased their water and energy consumption during this year’s contest. During this fall’s four-month energy-saving competition, a hallmark of University President Steven Knapp’s sustainability strategy, 19 out of 30 participating halls consumed more energy. Five of the 11 halls […]

Grants given to design green courses

GW is offering cash incentives for professors to build courses to prop up the new sustainability minor. Six professors picked up grants last spring, totaling $15,000 and leading to six new courses in the University’s first cross-disciplinary undergraduate program. Professors can use the funds to buy books, attend conferences or purchase materials like videos for […]

GW invests $5.3 million in green makeover

The University has set aside $5.3 million for sustainable building upgrades this year in the first phase of a massive replacement of out-of-date systems and fixtures across campus. The renovations will cover buildings like Gelman Library and Lisner Auditorium and largely retrofit existing systems to reduce GW’s energy use and cut costs, Meghan Chapple-Brown, the […]

Water bottle rental program to begin

Students will be able to rent reusable water bottles across campus starting Saturday. Non-disposable plastic bottles pre-filled with water will be sold for about $2 at three locations – Campus Fresh, FoBoGro and Washington Deli & Pizza. Students will be able to exchange empty bottles for filled ones and receive a 50-cent refund for each […]

Knapp outlines new sustainability plans

GW is fine-tuning its sustainability goals as part of a continuing effort to make the urban school more eco-friendly, University President Steven Knapp announced Friday. The new targets, dubbed the “ecosystem plan,” include recycling half of total waste produced by 2017, reducing light pollution in construction projects and purchasing more food from local sources. These […]

GW lags behind neighboring institutions in sustainability challenge

The University ranked far below other District colleges for its overall recycling rate in an eight-week intercollegiate competition promoting sustainability. GW gained six spots over its standing last year, leaving it at No. 192 in a contest among about 270 colleges nationwide. American and Georgetown universities and the University of the District of Columbia finished […]

Columbian College picks graduation speakers

Geography professor David Rain regularly challenges his students to explore unfamiliar places and take risks, a message he will convey to an audience of thousands next month. He is one of two faculty members who will speak at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences two graduation ceremonies May 19. Heidi Bardot, a professor of […]