ECo Newsletter

Hoya Harvest Festival Regents Hall, Fourth Floor Patio, 4-6 PM on Thursday, October 13th. Carve pumpkins, turn your old t-shirts into tote bags, learn about environment and sustainability initiatives around campus, and celebrate the launch of the Hoya Harvest Garden. Plus—a live Jellyfish tank brought to you by new Earth Commons faculty. Come celebrate the breadth and diversity of research, scholarship, and community at Georgetown. Learn more and RSVP now >>
Hoya Harvest Garden. Announcing the launch of an ECo gardening initiative aimed at creating a sense of shared-responsibility around sustainable food systems by integrating farming spaces into the campus—ultimately generating food for the community, hands-on learning experiences, and dialogue around the environmental and human impacts of food production. The Hoya Harvest Garden pilot will kick-off by converting existing planter beds on the Regents Hall 4th Floor Patio into a sustainable, beautiful, and productive vegetable garden. Join us at the Hoya Harvest Festival to celebrate the launch >>
Get to know the Earth Commons and our early collaborative achievements in this recap of our first fiscal year of environmental and sustainability work at Georgetown. Read the report >> 
Georgetown Bee Campus iNaturalist Survey: Help catalog the biodiversity found on the campus of Georgetown University! This biodiversity survey project of the Georgetown Bee Campus Committee, supports the mission to promote the conservation of pollinators. From September 2022 to September 2023, anyone on the main and medical campuses can help by following the steps above. Visit the project page >>
October: #EnergizeGU. Planning and Facilities Management, the Office of Sustainability, and the university's energy partner, Engie, are coming together to launch #EnergizeGU, a month-long celebration of energy efficiency initiatives on campus. In addition to energy efficiency day this October 5, activities include an Energy Hackathon and Digital Treasure Hunt. More information >> 

October 2, 11 am - 3 pm: Energy Hackathon. Your idea could be implemented this spring to help Georgetown continue along its path towards carbon neutrality. ENGIE (Georgetown’s long-term energy partner) is looking for creative ideas about how to promote energy conservation among the Georgetown community and reduce our carbon footprint on campus. Winners receive the opportunity to direct $5,000 in prizes to the non-profits of their choice. Location: Hariri 490. Register Here

Oct 8. Block Party with New Deal for Youth at The Center for Law and Social Policy. This community event features a group of 30 environmental climate artists-activists. Open to all. Register for updates >>

Oct 18. 12:30 pm. Seminar: Climate Change and Africa: Key Risks to People and Ecosystems and Opportunities for Climate Resilient Development. Regents Hall Room 239.

In the Headlines
An Australian Firefighter on the Frontlines of Climate Change. Anthony Green is a volunteer firefighter from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, the largest fire service in the world with over 70,000 volunteers. Common Home recently spoke with Anthony about his unique perspective as a firefighter who witnessed the devastating effects of wildfires on human life and wildlife. Common Home Mag
ECo Faculty Jesse Meiller focuses on marine ecology and environmental toxicology. In her talk, Dr. Meiller shares the shocking discoveries of her research in the DC area's waterways and their solutions. Watch on TEDxTalks >>
Experimental test of the topological stability of magnetic skyrmions. In a study published in Nano Letters, ECo Affiliate Faculty Kai Liu's group and collaborators, led by Dr. Gong Chen, have observed a topological evolution of skyrmions during the chirality switching from one handedness to the other. Department of Physics >>
Chrysalis Conundrum: Why One Butterfly Species’ Pupae Fare Better in Winter Than Summer. The drivers that affect survival rates of butterfly and moth pupae are understudied compared to their larval and adult stages. A new study examines silverspotted skippers (Epargyreus clarus, adult shown here) in their most vulnerable stage (pupae)—and why their overwintering generations survive pupation at much higher rates than summer generations. Entomology Today >>
ECo Opportunities
Green Job: The Maryland Sea Grant is now accepting applications for a new Proposal and Reporting Coordinator position.The position will be open until filled, and application review begins October 4. Learn more about specific duties and qualifications here. Apply now >>
Green funding: Early Fall Deadline Oct. 14. Apply for Green Commons Funding up to $5k. This funding supports actionable proposals that spark campus dialogue or spur change on campus on environmental and sustainability issues, from performances, visiting researchers, speakers, to waste reduction or reuse projects and more. Apply now >>
Talking About Climate: Short Plays Wanted. Deadline Nov. 15. The WorldWide Teach-in on Climate and Justice invites you to create provocative plays that are short (7 minutes or less), in multiple languages, that engage with the complexities of the climate crisis. Selected entries will be promoted for production at colleges, universities, and high schools around the world. More info and submission form >>
DCEFF Film Submissions. Deadline: Dec. 1. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) are once accepting submissions for the annual Film Festival. Selected films will be invited to screen during next year’s March Festival. The code DCEFFec23 can be used to bypass the fee to submit films for consideration via our FilmFreeway page >>
Green Job: The National Park Service, National Capital Region (NCR) will soon be looking to hire a permanent GS-12 Regional Hydrologist based in Washington DC. Learn more >>
Conference on Social and Environmental Justice Presenters. Deadline: January 15, 2023. The March conference will bring together leading scholars, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates from a range of disciplines to share interdisciplinary perspectives on justice, and set a comprehensive research agenda focused on digital and information access, disability, environmental, and immigration justice. Interested presenters should submit an abstract for the participation of no longer than 500 words to Learn more >> 
Updates from the
The university is launching a transit pilot program providing a $100 WMATA SmarTrip credit for the semester to up to 2,500 students to be used toward transit passes or standard pay-as-you-go transit. Thanks to the thousands who enrolled in the pilot for demonstrating the incredible demand for greener travel options. Learn more >>Not a student? You can sign up for the SmarTrip benefits available to all D.C. workers. Learn more >>
Updates from the
On September 21st, students in the Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability Management (MS-ESM) program toured the Anacostia River with local environmental group, Anacostia Riverkeeper. Over three trips—from mid-tide at 2 p.m. to high tide at 5 p.m.—learned about all that contributes to a healthy river ecosystem. Read the story >>
The Earth Commons along with the McDonough School of Business and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences created the MS-ESM degree with the understanding that science and business principles are both critical to achieving sustainability goals across the globe.
Join Us

We need all of Georgetown's talent, momentum and purpose to secure a more sustainable future for our planet and all its inhabitants. Here are some opportunities to engage.

Apply for Green Commons Award funding. The Earth Commons and the Office of Sustainability offer awards up to $5k to support actionable proposals that spark campus dialogue or spur change. First round of proposals due Oct. 14.
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Become a Faculty Affiliate. Promote your work with the Earth Commons, apply for Earth Commons ECo Impact funding and become a part of our growing network.
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Make the Plan. The Office of Sustainability invites you to participate in sustainability planning to help chart the course toward a sustainable future for Georgetown and our community.
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