District considers styrofoam container ban


Mayor Vincent Gray has 11 pieces of environmental legislation on his plate, but the one receiving the most attention is a proposed ban on styrofoam food and drink containers. A ban on styrofoam, proponents claim, would reduce pollution in the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and make the surrounding environment safer. The Gray administration has set a […]

EPA policy chief to resign, return to Georgetown Law

Lisa Heinzerling, the Environmental Protection Agency’s associate policy administrator, will step down at the end of the year and return her teaching position at Georgetown Law. As one of the EPA’s strongest supporters of greenhouse gas regulation, Heinzerling previously worked as EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson‘s senior attorney for climate policy. She is gained popularity in […]

Sweetgreen founders make Food & Wine’s 40 under 40 list

The three Georgetown grads who founded Sweetgreen, Nicolas Jammet (MSB ’07), Nathaniel Ru (MSB ’07), and Jonathan Neman (MSB ’07), have been named three of the “40 Big Thinkers 40 & Under” in the November issue of Food & Wine. The trio of “eco salad chain founders,” numbers 34, 35, and 36 on the list, […]

Rafik B. Hariri Building receives LEED certification

As expected, the Rafik B. Hariri Building has been awarded LEED certification for its environmentally-friendly features. Georgetown applied for LEED Certification, which is awarded to buildings that are sustainable, and water, energy, resource, and material efficient, during the fall semester. LEED certification is awarded by the U. S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization which […]

Sustainability survey looks at how students conserve, and where Georgetown can improve

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer In January, Project Hilltop and the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board conducted a ‘sustainability survey’ among students that looked to quantify what Georgetown students think and do about conservation on campus. Vox has the report, which compiled the results of 645 student responses, and we’ve summarized it below. What do […]

GUTS Bus goes green with biodiesel fuel

As part of Georgetown’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2020, the University has begun using bio diesel to fuel the GUTS buses and other university vehicles. In a University press release, Vice President for Facilities and Student Housing Karen Frank explained that the fuel reduces carbon emissions at low cost […]

Georgetown alum helps you get eco-friendly this holiday season

The holidays never come too soon for Georgetown alum Julie Littell. In December of 2007, Littell realized that her passion for decorating gifts unnecessarily conflicted with her love of the environment. So, she began Earth Presents—a company that sells eco-friendly gift wrap. The wrapping paper sold by Earth Presents is made from 100 percent recycled […]

MSB ranked 35th most socially responsible business school by Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute recently released its biannual “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” ranking of business schools that do the best job of integrating social and environmental issues into their curriculum, and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business came in a very respectable 35th. The ranking is a significant improvement from our 2007 showing, when we came in 73rd.  […]

Switch It Off competition shows which dorms are energy hogs

Dear LXR, this actually shouldn’t be your energy use model You may not be aware of it since, as the Voice‘s Editorial Board pointed out in this week’s issue, the University hasn’t done a great job of publicizing it, but Georgetown is in the midst of Switch It Off, an inter-dorm energy use reduction competition. […]

Georgetown is gradually getting greener, the College Sustainability Report Card finds

The Sustainable Endowments Institute just released its 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, and while Georgetown is still in the B range, we’re making some improvements.  This year we received an overall grade of B, up from the B- we received for the past two years and the C+ we received in 2007. Georgetown’s biggest gains […]

Greenopia USA gives Georgetown poor marks environmental reporting

Greenopia USA recently released green rankings for universities, and Georgetown didn’t come out looking so great. The rankings are given out on a scale of four leaves, and Georgetown received just one lone leaf. That means we met less than 50 percent of their criteria for environmental reporting, green building design, waste programs, renewable energy, […]