Dr. Adanna Johnson handles a Harris' hawk at an ECo event. Johnson co-moderates a 9/20 event below.

ECo Newsletter

Risks of decoupling from China on low-carbon technologies. Co-authored by ECo faculty advisor, associate professor and STIA director Joanna Lewis, this paper published today in Science counters common assumptions that collaboration with China presents substantial national security and economic risks across the board. “There are enormous benefits to having open supply chains and research environments and policies that aim to disrupt that or decouple should be grounded on solid, objective assessment of the risks and rewards,” write the co-authors. Read the paper >> 
Bird Migration Explorer. Launched today, the Earth Commons is a collaborator in this first-of-its-kind interactive digital platform that visualizes the incredible journeys of migratory birds, how they connect us across the hemisphere, and the widespread challenges they face throughout their full annual cycle. Explore now >>
Multiple crises halt progress as 9 out of 10 countries fall backwards in human development, UNDP report warns. ECo Affiliate Faculty Dagomar Degroot's contribution to the report explains how the history of human responses to climate change can help us design better policies for climate change adaptation. This contribution draws on a Nature article made possible in part by ECo funding. Read the report and watch the explainer >>
Council on Strategic Risks Board Member Dr. Marcus King Takes New Position at Georgetown University. King is now a Professor of the Practice in Environment and International Affairs at its Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Earth Commons. Read the article >>
Sept. 20 12:30-1:30 p.m: The Intersection of Academy and Activism: A Critical Conversation with Black Leaders and Scholars on the Hilltop. Black women faculty and administrators discuss what it means to be a scholar or leader in the academy in the midst of heightened calls for racial justice and equity. Dr. Adanna Johnson, Associate VP for for Student Equity and Inclusion and pictured at top of this newsletter, co-moderates. Zoom. RSVP and details >>
Sept. 29th, 6–8 p.m: NASA and the Environment Symposium. The event will gather about 50 participants from all over the world to explore the history of NASA's relationship with the environment. The event includes a keynote session that is open to Georgetown students and the public. Location: Healey Family Student Center Social Room at Georgetown University. Learn More >>
Oct. 12: Resilience to Climate Change, Past and Present Workshop. Funded in large part by an ECo Impact Award, this workshop will enable authors and editors of a book that will survey how populations were resilient and adaptive in the face of climate changes. 6-8 pm keynote is open to the public at McShain Large Lounge.
Climate Health in the District Weekend. The GU Environmental Health Collaborative, sponsored by the American Public Health Association Student Champions of Climate Justice, hosts these events to urge students to consider health equity in light of climate justice.
ECo Opportunities
Green Job: Deadline Sept 19. The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council is hiring a paid, part-time intern this fall to analyze and document results from a national survey about the state of sustainability staffing in the nations’ k-12 school districts. The internship can be located in Washington, D.C. or remote and is open to undergraduate or graduate candidates and encouraging. Learn more >>
Green Job: Extended deadline Sept. 30 The NSF-funded, Georgetown-affiliated Verena Institute directed by ECo Affiliated Faculty Colin Carlson has opportunities at every level: six Ph.D. positions across the US, two open postdoctoral fellowships, and two staff positions (a data scientist and a program manager). Apply Now >>

Green job: Deadline Oct. 1 Chesapeake Watershed CESU seeks a Cooperator to Recommend Effective Student/Teacher Engagement with National Parks about the Potomac Watershed. The cooperator will be tasked with determining the most effective way to engage students in the DMV region in learning about the Potomac Watershed through national parks. Learn more >>

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 >>
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 >>
Sept. 20: Sustainable GU. Meet with the Office of Sustainability and use your voice to make Georgetown more sustainable. 6-7:30 pm, 1420 36th Street NW.
Sept. 22: Pledge to participate in Car Free day for a chance to win great raffle prizes. Plus, all who take the pledge will receive an email with a $30 Nift Gift to support local businesses in neighborhoods where you live or work. Pledge now >>
Read & Watch
Robert Bullard, honorary degree recipient and 2022 commencement speaker of Georgetown's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Credit: Michael Starghill Jr. for The New York Times
  • At 75, the Father of Environmental Justice Meets the Moment: The White House has pledged $60 billion to a cause Robert Bullard has championed since the late seventies. He wants guarantees that the money will end up in the right hands. NYT >>
  • Extreme California heat knocks key Twitter data center offline. CNN >>
  • Germany’s Ultra-Cheap Train Ticket Saved 1.8 Million Tons of CO2. Bloomberg >>
  • Generation on Fire (2021). DCEFF >>
  • Exceeding 1.5°C global warming could trigger multiple climate tipping points. Read the explainer >>
  • Review: Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy. Common Home >>
Updates from the
“As we think about adding new focus areas to this program and designing other programmatic offerings, faculty and staff research interests and expertise will be key in determining the direction of such new academic developments.” - Maria Petrova in "MSB Professor’s Research Finds New Implications of Climate Change for the Economy." The Hoya >>
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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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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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