GW was named one of the least eco-friendly campuses in the country by the Sierra Club – one of the country’s oldest environmental groups. This new label was given to GW after GW systematically failed to implement policies to combat climate change.
The report appeared in the Sierra Club’s August magazine, citing the university’s failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to implement green building policies or to create incentives to ride public transportation.
GW was the first school in the District of Columbia to create an eco-friendly twenty year campus plan, according to University President Steven Knapp. Last year, Knapp also commissioned a task force to improve sustainability on campus.
Still, according to the report, GW is considered to be far behind many other private and public universities concerning environmental matters.
- Shawn Willis