• Celebrate Earth Day 2014 at Georgetown

    Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy delivers Earth Day 2014 Keynote at Georgetown University.

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    Environment biology majors conduct field research to learn about salt marsh conservation.

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  • President Obama climate change policy

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  • GU Energy Prize Launches to Promote Energy Efficiency

    One lucky community with a population between 5,000 and 250,000 will receive $5 million in 2017 to support sustainable energy-saving innovations, thanks to the creation of the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP).

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Georgetown's Environment Initiative is a multi-campus effort to advance the interdisciplinary study of the environment in relation to society, scientific understanding, sound policy, and the broad and complex challenges we face as stewards of the planet’s natural resources. In 2009, the University identified environmental scholarship as a strategic priority, and many of our schools, centers and institutes had already been working in related areas for years. The Environment Initiative is both a theme in the current For Generations to Come campaign as well as an effort to plan and set priorities. The goal is to reinforce foundations and to set directions for Georgetown's future scholarship and education efforts in environment and sustainability.

Several existing programs at Georgetown conduct notable research and teaching in environmental and sustainability issues, including:

  • The environmental law program, the Georgetown Climate Center and the Institute for Public Representation environment clinic at the Law Center;
  • Research and coursework on the interactions between environment and health at Georgetown University Medical Center;
  • The Science, Technology and International Affairs Program at the School of Foreign Service;
  • The Center for Business and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business, which offers a focus on energy and environmental policy;
  • The Environmental and Regulatory Policy Program at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute;
  • Faculty research in ecology, evolution & behavior as well as the Environmental Biology major within the Dept. of Biology;
  • The Center for the Environment (CFE) provides administrative resources for the Environmental Studies minor, supports adjunct-taught courses, sponsors prominent speakers, and publishes the student-produced Georgetown University Journal of the Environment (GUJOE).

Based on the strength of these programs and our potential for development, Georgetown has recently received a $20 million gift to formally launch the Georgetown Environment Initiative.

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