EPA Green Power Leadership Awards
Since 2013, Georgetown University has procured 100% green-e certified renewable electricity. In recognition of our renewable energy use and other sustainable energy initiatives on campus, the EPA named GU one of four Green Power Partners of the Year in 2013. The awards recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, suppliers, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources. Georgetown has also been an EPA Green Power Partner since 2011 and is a member of the Green Power Partnership Leadership Club. In addition, Georgetown was recognized as the largest single green power user in the Big East Conference in EPA's 2012-2013 College & University Green Power Challenge and is currently the second-largest green power user of all campuses in the country. Learn more about these programs here.
League of American Bicyclists: Bicycle-Friendly University
In November 2013, Georgetown University was awarded a Bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU) Certification from the League of American Bicyclists, joining 74 other universities nationwide and becoming the first university in the District of Columbia to earn a BFU designation. The Bronze BFU award recognizes Georgetown University’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Learn more about bicycling at Georgetown here.
Georgetown is committed to achieving LEED Silver Certification or higher for all new facilities and major renovations on campus. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle, and is transforming how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe.
GU has currently achieved or is pursuing LEED ratings for the following buildings:
- Regents Hall - LEED Gold
- Rafik R. Hariri Building - LEED Silver
- School of Continuing Studies - LEED Gold
- Nevils Hall - LEED Silver
- Healey Family Student Center - LEED Gold
- Pedro Arrupe S.J. Hall - goal of LEED Gold
- Ryan Hall and Isaac Hall - LEED Silver
- John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center - goal of LEED Gold
Princeton Green Review
Georgetown University has been featured in the Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges since its first publication in 2011. The publication, which is a collaboration between the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council, evaluates colleges and universities on their environmentally-related policies, practices, and academic offerings. In the Review, Georgetown has been recognized for its climate commitments, recycling initiatives, LEED-certified buildings, and the the activities of its environmental student groups.
PETA Vegan Report Card
Georgetown has been ranked as a "vegan friendly" campus by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), including earning the distinction as one of the top then vegan campuses in the country in 2007 and 2008. Georgetown's main dining hall serves thousands of vegan meals every week.