Previous Issues

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Fall / Winter 2019

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.

 

 
Kushal
 

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.

 

 
Volvo HQ
 

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.

 

 
Symposium
 

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.”

 

 
Great Wall
 

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.

 

 
videotaping
 

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.

 

Spring/Summer 2018

Newsletter: Spring / Summer 2018

Meeting
 

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.

 

 
symposium
 

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

 

 
Keynote
 

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.

 

 
Class
 

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.

 

 
 Shuqi Dong
 

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.

 

 
Roadmap

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.

 

Fall / Winter 2017

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).

 

 

 

Class Photo
 

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.

 

GWU Grow Garden
 

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.

 

Presentation
 

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.

 

Job Fair
 

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.

 

 

 

Spring 2017

Newsletter: Spring / Summer 2017

Jia
 

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

 

 
De Luque
 

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.”

 

 
Cascio
 

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).

 

 
EPA
 

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.

 

 
HQ
 

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.

 

 
Chat
 

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

 

 
Grads
 

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 "

 

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Winter 2015



2019 SEAS Graduation Celebration

Dozens of GW Environmental and Energy Management graduates and their families celebrated their achievements in front of almost 5,000 spectators at the SEAS Graduation Celebration, conducted in the Smith Center on Friday evening, May 17, 2019. The 2019 graduation Celebration marked the 137th year of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the 198th year of the George Washington University. This year SEAS graduated almost 1,000 students, and close to 40% of SEAS undergraduate class were women, about twice the national average.

News of EEM Students and Graduates

EEM Master of Science graduate Bruk Berhane recently earned his Ph.D. degree and assumed a positon as Assistant Research Professor in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

EEMI Research Professor Confirmed by U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Army

Research Professor Alex Beehler, who spent the last three years with the Environmental and Energy Management Institute, was confirmed earlier this year as the new Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

In his March 14, 2019 swearing-in ceremony in the Pentagon, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper said that, in his new position, Alex has responsibility for policy and oversight of all sustainability and environmental operations of the most impactful organization in the world.

EEMI Conducts Symposium on Human Population

The Environmental and Energy Management Institute conducted a Forum entitled “Tackling the Population Taboo: Creating a Sustainable Future for Our Children” in the Lehman Auditorium on April 9, 2019. EMSE Professor Jonathan Deason kicked off the event with a welcoming address. EMSE Research Professor Joe Cascio was instrumental in organizing the event, which was attended by a number of GW students.

EEMI Presents Research Results on Micronuclear Energy Potential

On January 29, 2019, the final report of a research study conducted by the SEAS Environmental and Energy Management Institute was released at a Capitol Hill event attended by 165 people, including three members of Congress. EEMI Research Professor Alex Beehler was the Principal Investigator of the study. Research Professor Joe Cascio (EEMI co-Director and co-PI) presented a summary of the study, which assessed the feasibility of using microreactors (very small nuclear reactors providing power in the range of 2-10 MWe) by US military forces.

EEMI Successfully Kicks Off Online Professional Development Program

During February and March 2019, the EEMI Professional Development Program added its first entirely online course to its short course lineup. The course, entitled “On the Road to Mass Market Electric Vehicles,” was taught by Professor Julian Bentley to 51 practicing professionals, following a face-to-face pilot version of the short course that was taught by Professor Bentley in the Science and Engineering Hall on February 13-14, 2019.

EEMI Conducts Symposium on Environmental Decision Making for Graduate Students at Top Chinese Universities

On February 12, 2019, EMSE Professors Jonathan Deason and Joe Cascio conducted a symposium on Environmental Decision Making in Room 2000 of the Science and Engineering Hall as part of the two-week 2019 Winter Leadership Training Camp sponsored by the International Fund for China’s Environment.

EEMI Professor Plays Major Role in Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Research Conference

Dr. Rachael Jonassen, Director of the EEMI Climate Change Program, was an instrumental part of the world’s first international research conference on carbon pricing that was held in New Delhi, India on February 14-15, 2019. The conference, organized by the World Bank Group’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), attracted participants from around the world. It featured over 30 researchers that were selected via a competitive “call for papers” led by an international scientific committee.

GW Named Among Top Universities for Renewable Energy

Based on a 2019 survey of 944 college and university campuses from 19 states and Washington, D.C., by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, GW was ranked the top-most university for purchasing renewable electricity from off-campus projects.

Renowned Conservationist Jane Goodall Works with SEAS Students and Faculty on “Virtual Jane” Project

In May 2019, Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace, and a pioneer in wild chimpanzee behavior, visited GW to build a new educational platform that will use virtual reality to spread her message of environmental conservation to future generations. The project, called the “Virtual Jane,” is housed in the GW Innovation Center in Tompkins Hall.