ECo Newsletter

Calling youth storytellers: do you or someone you know have an urgent story to share about the climate emergency? We Hear You—A Climate Archive wants to hear from you. The Archive is a global performance exploring youth perspectives on the climate emergency, co-conceived by ECo Artist in Residence, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy. Check out the Call for 77 Storytellers >>
Hoya Harvest Festival is tomorrow, Oct 13th, 4-6 PM on the Regents Hall 4th floor patio. Mingle over food and drinks with affiliated faculty and student groups, carve pumpkins, see live jellyfish, celebrate the launch of the Hoya Harvest Garden. Rain or shine barring extreme storms. Learn more >>

In the Headlines

2022 State of the Birds Report
The 2022 State of the Birds report identifies 70 Tipping Point species—birds that have lost more than half their populations in the past 50 years, and are on track to lose another half in the next 50 if nothing changes. A key theme: bringing birds back will also benefit communities, climate, & quality of life. Read the report >>
“If you look out the window you can’t help but see how much we’ve manipulated the landscape...At least a third of the landscape has been converted or transformed—of course we’ve lost so many birds.” - Peter P. Marra, Earth Commons director. Read the article in Smithsonian Magazine >>
Re-Made in Cambodia. Georgetown alumna and current Fulbright grantee Alyssa Kardos Loera gives e a behind-the-scenes look at how she creates a sustainable Cambodian-centric fashion show in Phnom Penh.⁠ Read in Common Home >>
Solving twin crises. Margot Wallström, former European Commissioner for the Environment and former Foreign Secretary of Sweden, led an international expert panel at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute to study the intertwined risks of global environmental crises and conflict. Read in Nature >>
Bayesian assessment of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and halon banks suggest large reservoirs still present in old equipment. ECo and STIA professor Megan Lickley's article identifies and quantifies the halocarbon banks of greatest climate-relevance whose future emissions will contribute to future global warming—and delay ozone-hole recovery if left unrecovered. Read in Read in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics >>
Green energy financing. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary is an associate professor of economics at the school of global studies of Tokai University in Japan and vice-president and co-founder of the International Society for Energy Transition Studies based in Australia. He talks about bringing private investment to sustainability projects. Read in Nature >>
GREEN Establishes Food Recovery Network. The network aims to cut down on food waste and aid those experiencing food insecurity. Read in The Hoya >>
ECo Funding
Green Commons Awards, Early Fall Deadline Oct. 14. Apply for Green Commons Funding up to $5k. This funding from the Earth Commons 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 >>

TONIGHT: Oct 12, 6-8 pm. Resilience to Climate Change Past and Present: Keynote. A public keynote posing the question, can the past reveal how policymakers should respond to global warming? McCarthy Hall, McShain Lounge. Learn more >

Oct 13, 1:30-5pm. Protecting public health through US climate action. Join the GW Climate and Health Institute  or an afternoon symposium featuring Senator Tom Carper, expert panels, and a reception. 950 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC. Register here >>

Oct 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Careers for Change: Meet the Peers and Pros Talking the Climate Crisis. If you’re eager to start your career or are already working, join The Reservoir Center in and the Coalition of Higher Education on the Environment, Resilience, and Sustainability (DC Cheers) to meet a diverse group of sustainability professionals. Register Here >>

Oct 18, 12:30 - 2 pm. Climate Change and Africa: Key Risks to People and Ecosystems and Opportunities for Climate Resilient Development. Dr. Christopher Trisos explores questions like, what impacts on African people and ecosystems can be attributed to human-made climate change? What opportunities exist for climate-resilient development to reduce risks and achieve other sustainable development goals? 239 Regents Hall. Learn more >>

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 a Digital Treasure Hunt. More information >> 

In case you missed it...

The new Hoya Harvest Garden will generate food for the community, hands-on learning experiences, and dialogue around the environmental and human impacts of food production. Join us at the Hoya Harvest Festival to celebrate the launch >>
New to the Earth Commons? Get up to speed on our first fiscal year of environmental and sustainability work at Georgetown. Read the ECo Annual Report >> 
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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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