George Washington University is launching a bold, university-wide alliance for a sustainable future

Newswise – Washington, DC (November 15, 2023) – George Washington University has announced the formation of a new university initiative that will span schools and disciplines to create a strategic alliance dedicated to combating climate change and promoting healthy and prosperous resource systems for all.

The George Washington University Alliance for a Sustainable Future Engage academic programs, research institutions, organizations and individuals to build on GW's work on climate and sustainability. Reporting to the Office of the Provost, the Alliance will leverage GW's teaching, research, collaboration, communication and convening to enhance its work and impact. The Alliance will also build meaningful partnerships with external organizations committed to addressing these issues to make this a healthier planet.

“GW's unique combination of incredible students, faculty and staff, along with our location in the heart of the nation's capital, enables our university to have a profound impact on today's most pressing challenges, including climate change, environmental justice and QUEST. for a truly sustainable future,” said GW President Ellen M. Granberg. “Designed to bring together experts, scholars, and future leaders from across our campuses, the GW Alliance for a Sustainable Future is a revolutionary next step in how to address this complex.” and interrelated challenges.”

will lead the alliance Frank SesnoCurrently Professor and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the School of Media and Public Relations. Sesno is the founding director planet ahead, a multimedia environmental storytelling platform where college students publish stories about ideas, innovation and research to “move the planet forward.” He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has served as White House correspondent, anchor and Washington bureau chief for CNN and as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. Sesno worked with Provost Christopher Alan Bracey to create the alliance.

“I'm very excited about this opportunity,” Sesno said. “We will strengthen and capitalize on the incredibly important work, research and learning that takes place at this university.” We will mobilize people and resources. We will collaborate and talk to share our work and inspire the positive change we need to shape our future. “

Alliance will be placed Sustainability Research Institute. Under the leadership of Dr. Robert Ortung, the Institute will bring together a number of academic disciplines and leverage partnerships across academia, industry, government and the nonprofit sector to develop solutions for society's most pressing challenges. Alliance will also be home Academic sustainability programsincluding a sustainability minor that attracts students from virtually every major on campus.

In addition, the alliance will promote cooperation with university initiatives, including Office of Sustainability, Institute for Climate and Health, Global Nutrition Institute, planet aheadand Institute for Racial, Ethnic, and Socio-Economic Equity (Capital Institute); Programs such as the Master of Professional Studies Sustainable urban planning and Arctic program at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; Just like an array Faculty, students and staff Through research, teaching and career interests to advance the fight against climate change and promote sustainability.

The announcement of the alliance immediately precedes 2024 Journalist's Guide Environment + Energy eventOrganized by the Society of Environmental Journalists and hosted by Planet Forward and GW. The event features leading environmental journalists predicting the next year's best stories, including this year's contributor, online news magazine founder David Byrne. Reasons to be merry and founding member of Talking Heads and Sean Mayo, multimedia storyteller and Planet Forward Ilíiaitchik: Indigenous Students Correspondent. The event will be held on Thursday, November 16, in Lissner Auditorium.

For more information on the Alliance for a Sustainable Future, please visit Sustainability Alliance.gwu.edu.

About George Washington University

Centered in the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, George Washington University was created by an act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as graduate programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from across the United States and around the world.

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