EEM Newsletter Fall / Winter 2021

Biden making climate statement

Two Spring Courses to Focus on Major Changes in Federal Environmental Policies Under the Biden/Harris Administration

With the pending sea change in Federal environmental and energy policies associated with the Administration transition, the GW Environmental and Energy Management graduate program is offering two Spring 2021 semester courses to support the new directions of our Nation.

 Prof. Jonassen

News of EEM Students and Faculty

EEMI Director of Climate Change Dr. Rachael Jonassen recently completed a 13-month assignment with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), leading a team of 44 specialists designing a low carbon plan for the city of Xiangtan, China. Dr. Jonassen was responsible for documenting the carbon reduction impacts of the project throughout the 25-year lifetime of the loan, and her work has been cited by the ADB as a “best practice” and “model project for low carbon development.” Eight GW graduate students were involved in this project.

Dr. Abron

EEMI Board Member Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Lilia Abron, a long-time member of the Board of Advisors of the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering on October 4, 2020.

Professor Shittu

EEM Professor Ekundayo Shittu Lands Multiple Research Grants

During the Fall 2020 semester, EEM Associate Professor Ekundayo worked with other members of his research teams to be awarded two major research grants. One of these awards was a $150,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation to improve low-income household energy access in the District of Columbia. Prof. Shittu worked with an interdisciplinary team of GW faculty to land the grant.

Prof John Graham

EEMI Co-Hosts Natural Resources Symposium

On September 17, 2020, the GW Environmental and Energy Management Institute co-hosted a web-based symposium entitled “Natural Resources at a Crossroads: How 2020 Has Affected Natural Resources Law and Policy,” with the Environmental Law Institute, the GW Law School and the Industry Natural Resource Management Group. The event highlighted the importance of private/public collaborations to advance shared objectives.

Solar Roof

GW Expands Renewable Energy Commitment with New On-Campus Solar Panels

Despite the COVID pandemic, GW has remained active in tits commitment to renewable energy by providing rooftop space on five on-campus buildings for solar photovoltaic panels that will increase solar electricity in Washington, D.C. Solar panels have been installed on the rooftops of Funger and Duques Halls, the Charles E. Smith Center, Monroe Hall of Government, Lisner Auditorium and the Media and Public Affairs Building.

Milken School

GW Decides to Eliminate All Fossil Fuel Investments from Endowment Fund

The George Washington University Board of Trustees voted in mid-2020 to not make any new investments in businesses that derive the majority of their revenue from the extraction of fossil fuels.

Funger Duques Rooftop Solar

GW Attains Top Spot in Sustainable Campus Index

The Sustainable Campus Index, an annual publication by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, recognized GW in its 2020 report of top-performing colleges and universities. The report assesses 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

Newsletter Editor: Seth Barna

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