Environmental & Energy Management Newsletter
The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Spring 2009 (Volume 9, Number 2)
GW Releases Major Environmental Reports
During the Fall 2008 semester, GW released two major environmental reports. The first one, released in the summer of 2008, was the report of GW’s Sustainability Task Force. That report summarizes the work of a group of GW faculty, students and staff who participated in weekly meetings over the September 2007-May 2008 time frame. E&EM professor Jonathan Deason and E&EM graduate student Brian Krausz were heavily involved in that effort.
The Task Force evaluated the University’s existing academic and administrative programs and developed recommendations addressing energy conservation, resource and waste management, sustainability awareness, research programs, learning/curricular opportunities, procurement policies, and service initiatives and partnerships. The final report of the Task Force can be seen by clicking here.
The second report was the result of President Steven Knapp’s signing of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. On November 6, 2008, the University submitted its first status report to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education—committing to three immediate actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.
the status report, GW agreed to adopt an energy-efficient appliance
policy requiring purchase of Energy Star-certified products;
encourage use of and provide access to public transportation
for all faculty members, staff, students and visitors; and participate
in the waste minimization component of the national RecycleMania
competition, while adopting three or more associated measures
to reduce waste.
Above: GW Student Installing Green Roof in November 2008