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.)