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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Shannon Ross
Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

GW is featuring a sustainability first-year experience in 2014. All incoming freshmen are reading Will Allen's book, "The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities". As part of this program, students are reading the book and writing response papers about the topics. During the fall semester professors are integrating the themes of the book, including sustainable food, the environmental aspects of agricultural production, and healthy food access. Author and urban farmer Will Allen will give a keynote address at The George Washington University on his book in September 2014.

As a result of the First Chapter yearlong theme of food justice, the Freshman Day of Service in September 2014 features ECO City Farms in Edmonston, MD (the founders trained with Will Allen) and other urban farms as service sites. In addition, urban environmental strategist Majora Carter is the featured speaker for the Freshman Day of Service.


The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

The website URL where information about the theme is available:
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