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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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George Washington University
PAE-5: Climate Action Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mark Ellis
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief summary of the climate plan’s long-term goals:

The university commits to being a carbon neutral institution by fiscal year 2040, and targets a 40% reduction in its carbon footprint across all scopes by fiscal year 2025 (relative to its fiscal year 2008 baseline). GW will reach carbon neutrality by reducing its emissions from buildings, using its campuses as test beds for clean energy sources on-site (with a commitment of at least 10% of energy produced on-site from low carbon technologies), and partnering with other market players to identify solutions to the system-wide problem of sourcing cleaner energy from the grid. These changes will account for at least 80 percent of emissions reduction. The remaining carbon emissions will be mitigated through the purchase of credible, local offsets.

A brief summary of the climate plan’s short-term goals:

The CAP also calls for the university to reduce its on-site carbon emissions from its buildings, transportation, and energy use by 40 percent by 2025. As part of this, GW will aim to reduce at least 1,000 metric tons of CO2e via low carbon energy technologies and at least 1,000 metric tons of CO2e through transportation and commuting initiatives.

Year the climate plan was formally adopted or approved:

An indication of whether institution has made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions a specific amount by a target year:

List which emissions (scope 1, 2, and/or 3) are included in its GHG emissions commitment:
1, 2, and 3

The reduction level (percentage) institution has committed to:

The baseline year the institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
June 30, 2008

The baseline emissions level institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
128,300 MTCO2e

The target year the institution specified in its GHG emissions commitment :
June 30, 2040

The website URL where information about the climate plan is available:

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