Increasing our use of renewable energy is an important part of Georgetown University's approach to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and creating a sustainable campus. In 2013, Georgetown was recognized as an EPA Green Power Partner of the Year in recognition of our work.
Learn more about what we're doing via the links below.
Renewable Energy Initiatives
100% Renewable Electricity: As of FY13, GU requires green-e certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for 100% of electricity procured for the Main and Medical campuses. This GU meet our LEED green building targets, and makes Georgetown one of the top renewable energy purchasers among universities and college campuses in the US! Learn more >>
Solar Street: GU’s “Solar Street” project is a student-spearheaded, 18 KW solar PV array on the rooftops of 6 historic rowhouses at the campus’s Main Gates. Solar Street provides the same carbon reduction benefits as planting 333 new trees or removing 44 cars from the road for a year. Learn more >>
Bunn Intercultural Center Solar Array: The 300 kW Bunn Intercultural Center solar PV array was installed in 1984, and by 2013 was the longest running installation of its scale at any college campus in the country, producing over 5.8 million kWh over its lifetime. After an impressive 30 year life, the system is now off line, and replacement opportunities are being actively explored.
Renewable Portfolio Standards: Forward-looking energy policies in our region, such as Washington, DC’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, are helping reduce the carbon intensity of the local energy mix.