Programs and Centers Relating to Sustainability
The following centers and programs at Georgetown have a focus on issues relating to the environment and sustainability as a part of their mission or their related work. Follow the links below to learn more about each program, and contact each directly for more information.
Opportunities for Undergraduate Engagement
The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation (new window) exists to inspire and prepare students, faculty and global leaders with the necessary skills to generate and innovate solution-based social change both locally and internationally. It will promote collaborative spaces for fostering innovation and provide experiential opportunities to pragmatically impact the social sector.
Center for the Environment – The Center for the Environment (CFE)’s main goal is to provide an evolving forum for the discussion, dissemination, and awareness of environmental issues affecting all areas of scholarship, education, and service at Georgetown University. CFE engages students by supporting up to nine student internships each fall and spring semester. The Interns advise the CFE Director and help increase green awareness on campus through coordinating and participating in events and other activities. Additionally, the CFE awards small, competitive grants to GU students for ecological research and presentations at scientific meetings.
Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service – In order to advance justice and the common good, The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service (CSJ) promotes and integrates community-based research, teaching and service by collaborating with diverse partners and communities. A variety of the programs that CSJ runs and the student initiatives they support contain an environmental sustainability component, such as environmental education for DC youth, local neighborhood clean-up activities, and environmental justice initiatives such as educating around cleaner burning stoves for rural villages in the developing world.
Program on Science in the Public Interest – Through a Fall and Spring Seminar, Internships, Congressional Visits, and national award-winning Student Projects, Georgetown University’s Program on Science in the Public Interest (SPI) provides opportunities for students to engage with the government, industry, and the community on scientific issues that are shaping the nation and the world. SPI students examine challenges in fields such as the environment, energy, health and security.
Faculty Research Initiatives
Georgetown Environment Initiative – This multi-campus effort, launched in November 2012, will advance the interdisciplinary study of the environment in relation to society and stewardship of natural resources. The initiative brings together leading researchers and academics, students, and university partners to help people better understand and interact with complex environmental issues.
Programs at the Georgetown Law Center
Georgetown Climate Center – The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) seeks to advance effective climate policies in the United States – policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help communities adapt to climate change, and bridge the gap between climate and transportation planning. GCC works with state and federal officials, academics and an array of stakeholders to strengthen state and federal climate partnerships in the United States.
Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program – The Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program (GELPP) facilitates and encourages synergy among the elements that have contributed to making Georgetown a national leader in environmental and land use law. GELPPs three main functions include maintaining an informational website about all aspects of environmental and land use law at Georgetown, organizing events and conferences, and promoting communication and mutual support between Georgetown faculty, students, and alumni working in the fields of environmental and land use law.
Programs at the McDonough School of Business
The Global Social Enterprise Initiative (new window) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business aims to prepare current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that create both economic and social value. Led by Distinguished Professor of the Practice, Bill Novelli, and Executive Director, Ladan Manteghi, GSEI engages corporate, nonprofit, government, and other stakeholders to advance the understanding of social enterprise.
Issues of the environment and sustainability feature prominently in scholarship, teaching, and outreach activities at Georgetown.
The Georgetown Environment Initiative, inaugurated in 2012, connects faculty and students across the Main Campus, Medical Center, and Law Center who are working on environmental issues in their scientific, legal, policy, and ethical dimensions. The Program on Science, Technology, and International Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service is home to leading experts across disciplines who are working on environment-related issues, and the Law Center hosts the leading Georgetown Climate Center. Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., location and proximity to policymakers are critical resources for the university’s efforts to explore environmental issues, nationally and internationally, and advance the global common good.