Earth Week at GW

It’s Earth Week at GW! 

It’s Earth Week on campus and, as might be expected, it has been action-packed. We started our week with an Earth Fair with organizations tabling on issues from wildlife habitat, to gardening, to zero waste and everything in between. We met the  Charged Up Solar Design Challenge and GW Eco-Challenge winners as students visited our table for a chance to win Food Institute t-shirts. On Tuesday, the GW Sustainability Collaborative hosted the 2017 Duke Energy Renewables (DER) Innovation Fund Award Presentation. GW President Steve Knapp welcomed DER President Rob Caldwell before the 2016 awardees presented their research on solar farms, microgrid financing, and community solar projects. Professor Stuart Licht then went on to impress the room with his research on CO2 capture and conversion to carbon nanotubes, no doubt why his team was selected as the 2017 DER Innovation Fund winner. Today we treated our Food Institute faculty affiliates to lunch with Assistant Professor Allison Sylvetsky Meni who taught us all about artificial sweeteners and her ongoing research in the field. (Pro-tip: Lay off those sweet drinks.)

Earth Week  is not over yet though! Tomorrow the Biology Department is hosting an afternoon symposium on “Biological Sciences on a Changing Planet.” We can’t wait to hear from an impressive line-up of science and policy experts on the importance of the biological sciences to the future of our planet. The symposium will kick-off at 12:30pm in Funger Hall Auditorium at 2201 G Street NW and is sure to whet your appetite for Saturday’s March for Science . GW is excited to send a delegation to the march with the Sustainability Collaborative and the Biology Department. Anyone is welcome to join! The delegation will leave from the Elliot School lobby at 12:15pm on Saturday sporting sneakers and carrying signs in support of science. After all, it was George Washington who said, “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of Science and Literature.”