1. Get Networked: Connect with Student Sustainability Groups on Campus
Georgetown is home to at least a dozen student clubs and organizations addressing sustainability and environmental topics. To learn more and get involved, check out these links:
2. Save From the Start: Top 10 Ways to Save Energy on Campus
Recent data shows that a public building's occupants can cut its energy use by up to 12% just through their basic, every day actions. Help Georgetown slash our carbon footprint and save valuable natural resources by following these ten simple tips!
3. Hydrate! Where to Fill Your Water Bottle On Campus
When you carry a reusable bottle on campus, you can fill up on water at any sink, fountain or Corp cafe (just ask!). For a map of GU's filtered water bottle filling stations across campus, visit:
4. Getting Around DC Without a Car
Getting around Washington, DC without a car is a breeze for Georgetown students, thanks to the the city's extensive transit and bicycle networks, and the campus's free shuttle buses and convenient access to BikeShare, and Zipcar.
5. How to Recycle on Campus
At Georgetown, recycling is our standard. We know that recycling practices can vary from state to state, city to city and even from one building to another in the same town, so we've produced a simple one-stop shop where you can find out how to recycle on campus, Hoya style!
6. Healthy, Fresh, Local: Finding Sustainable Food on Campus and in DC
Whether you're dining on campus or exploring DC, sustainable food choices are never hard to find. Check out these resources below to learn more:
- Certified Sustainable Foods: From coffee to seafood and more, you can select many certified sustainable foods on campus
- Low Carbon Foods: Check out this carbon food-score tool to learn more.
- Local Foods: Discover Georgetown University's seasonal farmer's market!
7. Take a Sustainability Class
The university offers over 80 courses related to sustainability, taught by departments across campus. Explore these resources to find a course:
- Courses on the environment and sustainability
- Search the course catalog using keywords to find the most current classes
- Undergraduate majors, minors and academic programs related to environmental sustainability
8. Connect with Faculty
Over the next four years, Georgetown's faculty will be your teachers, your mentors, and maybe even your future job references or employers, so building relationships with them is a great idea. Georgetown has an extensive roster of faculty from departments across campus with interest and expertise in sustainability. Explore the links below to find and connect with faculty members who share your interest in this field:
9. Take time for deeper reflection: Sustainability as a social issue and a Catholic and Jesuit value
Inherent in the concept of sustainability is the idea of improving the quality of life for all people, while preserving the planet's natural life support systems. Explore the links below to find out how Georgetown's Jesuit values and core mission compel us to pursue sustainability:
Campus Resources on Social Justice and Sustainability:
- Georgetown's Center for Social Justice (CSJ) offers numerous programs for students to explore connections between ecology, communities and justice:
- Many Alternative Breaks Program explore environmental justice topics across the country
- Visit The FEW Project, a web resource on Food, Energy, Water and Global Social Justice launched by a Professor and senior research scholar in GU's Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Catholic and Jesuit Faith and Ecology:
- Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment - "On Care for Our Common Home" (June 2015)
- Healing Our Broken World: Special Report on Ecology (PDF) from the General Curia of the Society of Jesus (Rome)
- EcoJesuits - Connecting Jesuits, people and ecology
- Catholic Climate Covenant - Taking action on climate change on behalf of Creation and the Poor
Sustainability and Global Social Justice:
10. Know Your Impact!
In the world of sustainability, they say you can't manage what you don't measure. Our individual impacts on the planet are no exception! Here are three simple tools to help you get started and calculate the size of your environmental footprint:
- Carbon Footprint Calculator from the Nature Conservancy
- Ecological Footprint Calculator from the Footprint Network
- Water Footprint Calculator from National Geographic Society
We are also monitoring the electricity, cooling, heating and water used in Georgetown's buildings. Visit our online energy dashboard to view this data in real-time!