ECo Newsletter

The ECo Newsletter is intended to inform, excite and engage on all things environment and sustainability at Georgetown and beyond. This week, we're proud to share the new Earth Commons faculty dedicated to environmental and sustainability research and teaching, fascinating new articles from our Common Home magazine, and more ECo opportunities—including our Green Commons Awards and green jobs.
Common Home magazine brings you all things environment and sustainability from Georgetown and beyond.
"Does Nature Have Rights?"—Should nature have legal standing? We speak with Hope Babcock—environmental and natural resources Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown—to discuss the impact, implications, and future of the question. Read the article >>
The Black Side of the River: Race, Language, and Belonging in Washington D.C. Jan Menafee of the Red House reviews Jessica Grieser's book, which draws on interviews with Black residents of Anacostia to explore how language is a primary means that residents claim and preserve their neighborhood as a Black space. Read the review>>
Fueling Mexico: Energy and Environment, 1850-1950. Professor, environmental historian and ECo Affiliated Faculty member John McNeill reviews Germán Vergara's deep-dive into the history of energy in Mexico, exploring Mexico's energy transition to fossil fuels and its consequences. Read the review>>
"Children, Hope, and the Climate Crisis"—As each new IPCC report warns of humanity's quickening descent into environmental catastrophe, the question of whether or not it is ethical to have children grows larger. Our team recently sat down with Australian playwright Melissa-Kelly Franklin to discuss her new play, We'll Dance on the Ash of the Apocalypse, which tackles these moral complexities. Read the article >>
"Reimagining Cities: The Future of Urban Planning"— Georgetown Professor Christopher Pyke reflects on the future of urban planning with a focus on how cities will create and consume energy. Read the interview>>
More Highlights
Read the Mag
Welcoming New ECo Faculty
Gina Green
Professor of the Practice in the Earth Commons. Specialist in biodiversity (terrestrial and marine), climate change, forestry, and agriculture. Read more >>
Brian Griffiths
Assistant Teaching Professor in the Earth Commons and teaching for MS-ESM. Specialist in interdisciplinary research and teaching, environmental sustainability and conservation. Read more >>
Rebecca Helm
Assistant Professor in the Earth Commons. Marine biologist studying life in the open ocean and at the ocean’s surface. Read more >>
Marcus King
Professor of the Practice in Environment and International Affairs, the Earth Commons, SFS. Specialist in environmental security, climate change and conflict and transnational security. Read more >>
Megan Lickley
Assistant Professor, the Earth Commons, SFS. Climate scientist using methods from data science and climate science to reduce the uncertainty in the climate system and inform adaptation and mitigation policy. Read more >>
Jesse Meiller
Associate Teaching Professor in the Earth Commons and teaching for MS-ESM. Marine ecologist and environmental toxicologist invetigating microplastics in water, sediment, and biological communities in the Chesapeake Bay. Read more >>
In the Headlines
U.S. banking regulators are "treating climate risks like the financial risks that spurred the last global financial crisis" instead of adopting "measures that incentivize and require banks to reduce their financed emissions," argues Gaël Giraud of the Georgetown Environmental Justice Program and his co-author, Anne M. Perrault, in their recent editorial, 'Trickle-down climate risk regulation.' Read the piece on the Science Magazine homepage >> 
ECo Opportunities
Green funding: 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. First round of proposals due Oct. 14. Apply now >>
Green Job: The U.S. Geological Survey's Eastern Ecological Science Center is seeking a dynamic leader to temporarily serve as the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program Manager. This is a term position for 6 months with the option to extend to 12 months and applications are due Sept 2. Apply now >>
Green Job: 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 event: Join the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International and Environmental Affairs and the Office of Environmental Quality for a conversation on the implementation of the Environment Chapter of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement. Each meeting will feature a public session where high-level government officials will provide a summary of the government-to-government meetings and answer questions from members of the public. See flyer below for details.

Updates from the
September 22: Make the pledge to participate in Car Free day for a chance to win great raffle prizes.  Plus, all who take the pledge will receive a confirmation email with a $30 Nift Gift to support great local businesses in neighborhoods where you live or work. Make the pledge >>
Fall 2022: The Office will publish the draft sustainability plan we've been working on throughout the summer for community comment in public sessions to be announced in the coming weeks. Sign up for planning updates >>
Updates from the
Profile of the inaugural cohort of the Master of Science in Environment & Sustainability Management, the first degree co-designed by the Earth Commons.
“I want to help these communities adapt and fight this climate crisis, and in order to do that, this master’s degree is just what I need.” 

—Nicolás Campos (G '23) in "Get To Know the Incoming Class of Hoyas." Read the article >>
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.
Apply Now
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.
Affiliate Now
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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