GW President Steven Knapp officially signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, recognizing the responsibility the University has in setting an example in the effort to stay “green”.
GW joined 500 other institutions across the nation in committing to help the environment though education, as well as social, economic and technological solutions.
Other members of the GW community, as well as DC environmental leaders, joined in watching Knapp sign the agreement, where Knapp said he looked forward to “embracing the responsibility as the largest university in the area to work to halt and eventually reverse global warming.”
A student organization, Net Impact, recently raised $7,000 to install a ‘Green Roof’ on campus, prompting Knapp to announce that the University would match that amount and that installation of the roof would begin on the Elliot School building this summer.
The GW Cherry Tree yearbook will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year by publishing a more eco-friendly yearbook, as well as plant a cherry blossom tree, ten in all, marking each decade of the yearbook.
Before moving down the street to plant the cherry blossom trees, Maggie Desmond of the Student Association concluded the ceremony, stating “if we could do one thing today, Earth Day, it would be to leave this world a better place than it was this morning.”
Photo courtesy of the Hatchet.