Awards & Recognition
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 (new window). 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 (new window) 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 (new window).
League of American Bicyclists: Bicycle-Friendly University
In November 2013, Georgetown University was awarded a Bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU) Certification (new window) from the League of American Bicyclists (new window), 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 (new window).
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 (new window), 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 (new window) – LEED Gold (new window)
- Rafik R. Hariri Building (new window) – LEED Silver (new window)
- School of Continuing Studies (new window) – LEED Gold (new window)
- Nevils Hall (new window) – LEED Silver (new window)
- Healey Family Student Center (new window) – LEED Gold (new window)
- Pedro Arrupe S.J. Hall (new window) – goal of LEED Gold (new window)
- R (new window)yan Hall and Isaac Hall (new window) – LEED Silver (new window)
- John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center (new window) – LEED Gold
Princeton Green Review
Georgetown University has been featured in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges (new window) 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 (new window) 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.