|President Knapp signs the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment as senior Maggie Desmond looks on.||Students and administrators planted 10 cherry trees across campus on Earth Day.|
Hundreds of members of the university community gathered to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2008. The days’ activities included the planting of 10 cherry trees on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, tours of an eco-friendly student townhouse, and the signing of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.
President Steven Knapp and 10 other GW representatives co-signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, which recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic, and technological solutions to reverse global warming.
“Signing this pledge is just one sign of GW’s commitment to transform our own institution and to collaborate with the District of Columbia and other partners in addressing this urgent local and global challenge,” Knapp said. “We are proud to be the first university in the District of Columbia to join universities around the nation in this important initiative.”