Previous Issues

All the previous articles from the newletters are listed below. Please use the tabs to navigate to specific year and month to find most specific listings as well.

Fall / Winter 2019

 EEMI Professor Alex Beehler

EEMI Professor Appointed to High Level Government Position


Professor Alex Beehler, a key member of the Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) leadership team for more than three years, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2 to be the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.



News of EEM Students, Faculty and Graduates


EEM Master’s student Kushal Malvania was named the 2018 Student Energy Engineer of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter in November 2018.


GW President Thomas LeBlanc

New GW President Issues Sustainability Report


In November 2018, new GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc issued a major GW Sustainability Progress Report. The report elucidates in great quantitative detail the progress GW has made recently in a variety of areas such as reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation, water diversion and sustainable investments.


Dr. Kelly Scanlon

Intensive EEM Activity in Sponsored Research Projects


Our Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) has seen a tremendous amount of action on the research front during the latter half of 2018, which can be seen from the following project summaries.


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Two EEM Graduate Students Awarded EDF Climate Corps Fellowships


Two members of the EEM family were among the 115 students nationwide that received 2018 Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellowships from more than 1,100 applicants.



EEMI Co-Sponsors Natural Resources Symposium


On September 25-26, 2018, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) co-sponsored a natural resources symposium entitled “Blueprint for Change: New Approaches and Needed Changes to Managing Natural Resource Risks, Liabilities and Opportunities.”


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Welcome to New Professor Dr. John P. Helveston


EEM colleagues are pleased to welcome Dr. John P. Helveston to the EEM team. John joined the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and the Environmental and Energy Management Program as an Assistant Professor in the Fall 2018 semester.



EEMI Begins to Move Professional Short Course Series Online


In the fall 2018 semester, the EEMI undertook a process to move its successful two-day professional short course series to an online delivery platform, with a target of the Spring 2019 semester for initial delivery of the first short courses on an online basis.


Newsletter: Spring / Summer 2018


EEMI Collaborates with Booz Allen Hamilton on Environmental and Energy Brainstorming Symposium


The Environmental and Energy Management Institute collaborated with the major environmental and energy consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton to hold an “Ideas Festival” that was conducted at the Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center, on April 21, 2018.



EEMI Hosts Energy Symposium


On March 8-9, 2018, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute hosted a symposium on “Enabling Advanced Reactors for the Market.” The symposium brought together academic researchers, nationa



EEM Grad Serves as Keynote Speaker at 2018 SEAS Graduation


Dr. Christyl Johnson, a 2012 EEM doctoral graduate, provided the keynote speech at the May 18 SEAS graduation ceremony in the Smith Center.



EEMI Pursues Development of New Online Professional Education Program


Dr. Ed Saltzberg, Managing Director, Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF), has come on board to EEMI as Director of Online Professional Education.


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EEM Student & Faculty News


Professor Joe Cascio co-Director of the Environmental and Energy Management Institute hosted a three-day meeting of the leadership of International Standards Organization’s Technical Committee 207 on January 8-10, 2018.



EEM Graduate Featured in Global Green Growth Institute News Videos


EEM doctoral graduate Dr. Kristin Deason was featured in two news videos produced by the Global Green Growth Institute.


Newsletter: Fall / Winter 2017

Carbon Sequestration

News of Students and Faculty


During the week of July 22-29, 2017, EEM doctoral Iryna Payosova participated in the highly competitive Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) program of the U.S. Department of Energy. The program provides early career professionals with hands-on field research experience in areas related to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).




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EEMI Professional Education Short Course Program Continues Strongly


Over the Fall 2017 semester, the EEMI continued its successful run of state-of-the-art professional short courses in the environmental and energy management area. All courses offered during the Fall semester were conducted at GW’s Foggy Bottom campus in collaboration with the European Energy Center. Fall 2017 course offerings included the following: Solar Photovoltaic Fundamentals, Renewable Energy Management & Finance, Environmental Management Beyond Compliance (Implementing an ISO 14001 System), Distributed Generation and Storage, Practical Application of Circular Economy Methods.


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GW Listed in the Sierra Club Top 20 Cool Schools of 2017


The George Washington University was ranked 18th from all universities in the United States in the Sierra Club’s 2017 rankings of Cool Schools. A total of 227 institutions from the Nation’s more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities were included in the rankings, evidence that higher education institutions are investing more in sustainability.



 Prof. Deason meets with EEM grad Dr. Hilton McDavid, now with the University of the West Indies

EEMI Establishes Partnership with the Organization of America States to Address Renewable Energy Needs in the Caribbean Region


In August 2017 the EEMI became an official partner of the Organization of American States to address renewable energy needs in the Caribbean region. The purpose of the new partnership is to design and deliver educational tools that advance the development and diffusion of sustainable energy options that promote a more diversified and resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean. The initiative, known as the “Caribbean Sustainable Development Education & Training Initiative" is to pursue the development of specialized and practical educational tools with and for educational institutions within the Caribbean.



EEMI Holds Workshop on Carbon Dioxide Removal and Negative Emissions Technologies


On Monday, October 30, the Environmental & Energy Management Institute conducted an invitation-only workshop for non-governmental organizations from the environmental, development, natural resources and human rights communities. The event was held in the Lehman Auditorium in the Science and Engineering Hall. The event focused on the potential role of carbon dioxide removal technologies, sometimes characterized as a form of “climate geoengineering,” as a climate response measure.


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EEMI Hosts AEE Student Job Fair


The Environmental and Energy Management Institute hosted the Association of Energy Engineer’s Engineering Job Fair and Career Seminar on Friday, October 13, 2017, in the Science and Engineering Hall. It was the fifth annual Engineering Job Fair of the Association of Energy Engineers – National Capital Chapter. The event was a terrific opportunity for engineering students to meet prospective employers who hosted booths at the event.




Newsletter: Spring / Summer 2017


Jimmy Jia Addresses Strategic Energy Planning at EMSE Seminar


Jimmy Jia, CEO and Chief Strategist at Distributed Energy Management in Seattle, Washington, made a fascinating presentation on strategic energy planning at a May 4, 2017 EMSE seminar conducted in


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Ilka De Luque Successfully Defends Doctoral Dissertation


Dr. Ilka De Luque made a marvelous presentation of her research project about electric generation technologies on April 24, 2017. The title of Ilka’s dissertation is “Essays on Investments in Electricity Generation Technologies Under Multiple Uncertainties.”



News of EEM Students, Graduates and Faculty


EEMI Co-Director Joe Cascio was a co-author of an op-ed published both in The Hill newspaper and HuffPost (formerly Huffington Post) publication. The titles of the op-ed in the two publications are “The Federal Sustainability Effort is Worth Saving” (in The Hill) and “We Were the Federal Government’s Chief Sustainability Officers, and We Have a Business Proposal for President Trump” (in the HuffPost).



EEMI Advisory Board Conducts Third Meeting


The EEMI Advisory Board held its third semiannual meeting on April 26, 2017 in the Science and Engineering Hall. The Advisory Board is composed of 14 distinguished individuals, including three former Assistant Administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a former Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, and several corporate CEOs and NGO leaders.



EEMI Establishes Partnership with Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition


Under the leadership of Dr. Rachael Jonassen, Director of EEMI’s Greenhouse Management Program, the EEMI has established a strong partnership with the Carbon Pricing leadership Coalition (CPLC) of the World Bank and International Finance Corporation.



EEMI Hosts Extravaganza Event on Energy and Sustainable Solutions for Tomorrow’s Campuses


On February 24, 2017, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute hosted the 3rd annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza with Leaders in Energy (LE) and the Association of Energy Engine



EEM Graduates Celebrate Accomplishments


Environmental and Energy Management program faculty, students and alumni celebrated the achievements of this year’s graduates during the SEAS 2017 Celebration of Student Achievement ceremony that w


Alex Beehler

Professor Beehler Presents at Club de Madrid Event


On December 12, 2016, Alex Beehler, Visiting Scholar and Board Member of the Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI), participated in two panels as part of a university roundtable on "


GW’s EEMI Team Competes in Standards Negotiation

In October the EEMI participating in the NIST-ANSI Standards Negotiation Competition. Teams from across the country competed in a simulated exercise to create an international standard related to industrial communication systems that allow machines and operators to gather and exchange data to support manufacturing operations.

EEMI Establishes Partnership with the World Bank on the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition

In November the EEMI became an official academic partner of the World Bank-coordinated Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC). The Coalition, officially launched at the 2015 COP21 in Paris, is a voluntary partnership of 74 national and sub-national governments and more than 1,000 businesses and civil society organizations. It's aim is to advance the carbon pricing agenda by working with each other towards the long-term objective of a carbon price applied throughout the global economy.

EEMI Faculty and Students Work with Rodham Institute

In October 2016 EEMI personnel participated in the annual Rodham Institute Summit in southeast Washington, D.C. This event brought together community leaders, clinicians and students to discuss ways in which health services can be improved upon within the District.

EEMI’s Research Portfolio Continues to Expand

This past semester the EEMI received two new research grants to increase the institute's external research awards won to seven. These two news projects help to expand the ever-growing portfolio of the EEMI, while also engaging more professors and their areas of technical expertise.

Two Successful Final Doctoral Defenses

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Mohammed Qaradaghi and Dr. Amy Cox who successfully defended their doctoral defenses during the Summer and Fall 2016 semesters, respectively. Mohammed's research looked at the fact that complexity of the capital intensive oil and gas portfolio investments is continuously growing, whereas Amy's research was motivated by the need for functional change of complex systems in post-production.

EEMI Student and Faculty News

EEMI faculty and students alike have been very busy since our last published newsletter. Read about all of their accomplishments and on-going projects here.

EEMI Stars at the 2016 GreenGov Conference

EEMI Professors Royce Francis and Scott Sklar were star attractions at the 2016 GreenGov conference sponsored by the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality, which was held in the Jack Morton Auditorium in the center of GW’s Foggy Bottom campus. The Director of GW’s Sustainability Collaborative, Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, coordinated the entire event and moderated much of it.

EEMI Conducts Seminar on Carbon Trading in China

On August 22, 2016, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) conducted a symposium on “China's National Carbon Trading System.” The event, co-hosted by the International Fund for China's Environment, was held in the Lehman Auditorium of the Science and Engineering Hall and featured several distinguished experts of that topic.