ECo Newsletter

The ECo Newsletter is intended to inform, excite and engage on all things environment and sustainability at Georgetown University and beyond. This month, we present the recipients of our ECo Impact Awards, which provide funding support to faculty and staff across Georgetown’s campuses for projects that involve environmental themes. Each project pursues multidisciplinary directions and collaborations for research, seminar series, or educational and outreach programs. We also cover some quick summer reads and watches, from Common Home magazine to National Geographic.
2022 ECo Impact Recipients
Assessing the effects of land use change on periodical cicada populations and tracing their trophic impacts on eastern forests
Martha Weiss, John Lill, Ginger Allington. Read on>>
Earth at the Crossroads: A Cosmic Perspective on Environmental Crisis
Sarah Stewart Johnson, Dagomar DeGroot, Bill Diamond, Jonathon Keats. Read on>>

Modeling Energy Democracy in a Federal and Localist System
Scott K. Ginsburg, Sheila R. Foster, Cheryl Mertoff. Read on>>
Resilience: How Past Populations Survived Climate Changes
Dagomar DeGroot, John McNeill, Amy Hessl. Read on >>
Towards Critical Materials Separations: Rapid Synthesis and Characterization of Rare Earth Element-Oxoclusters via Reactions in Micro- and Nano-droplets
Karah Knope, Kaveh Jorabchi. Read on >>
About the Awards
Funding Spotlight: Impact on Campus

A common buckeye moth nectaring on Lantana flower. Photo courtesy of Dr. Martha Weiss.

Plants, Pollinators and People: Unified Research-and-Teaching Gardens at Georgetown 
This project will upgrade and showcase research-teaching gardens at Georgetown to educate the community about urban ecology, biodiversity, ecological gardening, permaculture, and landscape design that pleases the eye while providing food and habitat for pollinators and birds. The project will develop, improve and support research and teaching gardens on the Main and Medical Campuses, including three plots on the Medical Campus maintained by Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman that showcase medicinal and edible plants, culinary herbs, and drought-tolerant plants, the Davis/Biology Department Garden outside of Regents Hall, and the Butterfly Garden on Observatory Hill maintained by Dr. Martha Weiss, which features features diverse nectar sources and larval host plants that attract butterflies, moths, and other pollinators. The gardens will serve to provide nectar sources for the honey bee hives maintained by Dr. Bill Hahn, who directs the Georgetown Bee Campus program. More on project goals at our website >>
Previously known as the Georgetown Environment Initiative’s Impact Program, recipients from 2013-2021 have utilized funds to pilot projects, explore new research topics, and seed new collaborations.
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What we're reading
What we're watching
ECo Opportunities

The National Park Service is working with American Conservation Experience to recruit a Biological Science / GIS intern to annotate imagery of seabirds, cetaceans, and sea turtles in high-resolution aerial imagery that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have been collecting; the opportunity is numbered M22AS00298 on The intern will report directly to the park GIS Specialist but will have ample opportunity to work with and assist other park staff, including botanists, biologists, and archeologists. Questions and resumes can be submitted to or to Andrew Landsman at


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