Georgetown University is taking significant steps to advance sustainable energy within our campus operations, including our work toward President John J. Degioia's goal to cut the university’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by the year 2020.
In 2014, Georgetown reduced our carbon footprint by over 71% from a base year of 2006 through procurement of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for 100% of our power, meeting our GHG goal six years ahead of target. Now, the University continues to actively explore opportunities to increase our leadership and impact on clean energy and climate, including strategies to meet the 2020 target through a combination of efficiency, conservation and investments in new renewable power.
Explore the links below to learn more about our sustainable energy and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives, and find out how you can get involved.
What We're Doing
Renewable Energy - Georgetown uses 100% renewable electricity through procurement of green-e certified Renewable Energy Certificates, and in 2013 was named a Green Power Partner of the Year by the US E.P.A for our clean energy use. Read more >>
Conservation and Efficiency - Through initiatives like our district heating and cooling plant and ongoing building energy retrofits, Georgetown is taking significant steps to cut our energy demand and use energy more efficiently. Read more >>
Greenhouse Gas Inventory - GU has significantly reduced our GHG emissions even while increasing the number of buildings on campus. View our progress (opens PDF) >>
Teaching, Research and Engagement
Georgetown Energy Prize - In the spring of 2014, the $5 million Georgetown Energy Prize was launched to tap the imagination, creativity, and spirit of competition between communities across the country toward development of sustainable, energy-saving innovations. Learn more >>
Georgetown Climate Center - The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States— policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change. Learn more >>
Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar - The energy and climate policy research seminar aims to enhance intellectual exchange among faculty and students by providing a forum to discuss research and policy topics related to the international and domestic dimensions of energy and climate change policy. Learn more >>
Learn even more about how GU faculty are engaging with topics of energy and sustainability at the Georgetown Environment Initiative >>