The GUSA Sustainability team advances initiatives for more sustainable campus operations – from Georgetown's energy use, to its water footprint, to its purchasing and food decisions, to its transportation options. In addition, they advocate for expanded academic opportunities about environmental issues and work with Georgetown's administration to ensure that its investments are environmentally responsible. The co-chairs of the team direct the Georgetown Environmental Leaders coalition (GEL), a gathering of sustainability-oriented student groups, academic departments, and university offices in order to facilitate cooperation.

What we’ve done so far:

  • Worked with the university’s Sustainability Working Group to provide student input on long-term sustainability projects

  • Begun conversations about institutionalizing GEL to ensure its long-term status as a central hub of information about sustainable groups and projects on campus

  • Hosted awareness-focused events like the Georgetown Day Cup and the Sustainable Fashion Show in the spring

  • Hosted educational events like panel discussions and a documentary film screening last month

What we’re prioritizing for the rest of our term:

  • Conducting research and advocacy on a potential environmental studies major, or other environmental academic opportunities

  • Continuing to work with the university to ensure sustainable policies and operational practices are implemented as part of our long-term master planning process

Feel free to reach out to GUSA Sustainability Co-Chairs Ben Zimmer and Ben Baldwin with questions, comments, or concerns!