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Green Living

A line of bicycles on campus.

Buff and blue make green at the George Washington University, where sustainability is a top institutional priority.

As a model of urban sustainability, GW has developed curriculum and research programs that foster awareness of green objectives, while also making a commitment to operational improvements on campus such as an emphasis on LEED-certified spaces for students. GW has also implemented a Climate Action Plan, GWater Plan, and Ecosystems Enhancement strategy that provide the overarching framework for GW?s path to a more sustainable future. Through a unique, pan-university sustainability minor, undergraduate students are introduced to key concepts and issues, preparing students to incorporate sustainable practices into a wide range of career paths. Interdisciplinary, team-taught classes and experiential learning prepare students to apply the sustainability perspective in present and future endeavors. Several offices work toward furthering the university?s sustainability efforts, including the Office of Sustainability that oversees GW?s sustainable initiatives, as well as the GW Solar Institute and Planet Forward.