Monica Mehta

Knapp pledges to promote sustainability

University President Steven Knapp signed a city-wide sustainability pledge Wednesday put forth by the mayor to step up colleges’ commitments to green living over the next two years. Knapp joined presidents from nine area schools, including Georgetown, Catholic and Howard Universities, in supporting the nation’s first sustainability agreement between a city government and higher education […]

GW launches green minor

The University will launch a sustainability minor this fall – the first program of its kind to cut across school boundaries and be housed in the Office of the Provost. In conjunction with the undergraduate minor, five new green-minded classes will be offered this fall, including the first-ever course to be taught by a team […]

Bins collect used devices

The University installed recycling bins for electronic devices on campus this month as part of its effort to become a greener institution. Students can now use “e-cycling” bins to recycle used batteries, ink cartridges, cell phones and compact fluorescent light bulbs. The bins are located in Thurston Hall, Ivory Tower, the Marvin Center and West […]

University takes part in annual recycling competition

The University is answering a challenge issued to schools across North America to a waste reduction and recycling competition as part of the annual RecycleMania contest that kicked off this week. The competition, organized by the College and University Recycling Council, encourages university communities to reduce the amount of resources they consume while promoting recycling […]

University plans sustainability projects for both campuses

Sustainability upgrades launched this semester will help the University incorporate more solar and thermal energy at GW’s Foggy Bottom and Virginia campuses. Construction of GW’s first “solar walk” – a walkway shaded by an overhang made of solar panels – will be completed this spring on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus. Additional efficiency upgrades […]

Campus gardens to grow with help from grant

With the help of some greenbacks, two community gardens on campus will be a little greener next season. GroW Gardens, which donates its sustainable produce to Miriam’s Kitchen, won $10,000 from the 2011 Gardens for Good Grant. The grant money, sponsored by organic food company Nature’s Path, will be used to spruce up and expand […]

University looks to expand sustainability in classrooms

The University is considering increasing its eco-friendly course offerings as part of a larger initiative to develop a culture geared toward sustainability. Provost Steven Lerman appointed a 20-person faculty committee with representatives from the 10 GW schools and colleges to examine sustainability in the University’s curriculum. The group will present its recommendations in the spring. […]

GW pledges $2 million in green investments

The University has signed on to the Billion Dollar Green Challenge with a pledge of millions in eco-friendly investment over the next two years. The 33 “founding circle” universities – including GW, Harvard, Stanford and Dartmouth – committed $65 million to green revolving funds before the program launched Tuesday. A revolving fund invests in sustainability […]

Solar director wins research award

The director of GW’s Solar Institute was awarded the only 2011 SOLAR Award for Excellence given to an individual. The award, presented by Solar International Magazine, recognized Ken Zweibel as a leading professional who “we feel has driven the industry forward in a way that deserves notice and merit,” according to the panel. “The award […]