Energy and Climate

Georgetown is taking significant steps to cut our carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy on campus.

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 (new window) 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 and pursue 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 (new window) – In 2017, Georgetown announced a major off-site solar power project (new window) which will provide for nearly half of the university’s electricity by mid-2019. GU also recently announced a major on-site solar panel project (new window) to be installed on six campus buildings, which will increase the university’s sustainability efforts, reduce costs and serve low-income residents in the city. Since FY13 we also purchase Renewable Energy Certificates for 100% of electricity.

Conservation and Efficiency (new window) – 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.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory – GU has significantly reduced our GHG emissions even while increasing the number of buildings on campus. View our progress (opens PDF) (new window)

Teaching, Research and Engagement

Commitment to Global Climate Effort – Georgetown has joined with a group of leading research universities in affirming our commitment to a broad-based global agreement on climate change and to doing our part to ensure the United States can meet its contribution.

Georgetown Energy Prize (new window) – In the spring of 2014, the 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.

Georgetown Climate Center  (new window)– 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.

Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar (new window) – 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 even more about how GU faculty are engaging with topics of energy and sustainability at the Georgetown Environment Initiative (new window).

Get Involved

Energy Dashboard (new window) – Check out Georgetown’s Energy Dashboard platform by Lucid to track and compare the real-time energy use by select buildings on campus

For Students (new window) – Learn more about Georgetown’s Switch It Off Challenge (new window) and check out these Top 10 Ways to Save (new window)!