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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
PAE-21: Sustainability in Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 7.00 Lisa Benton-Short
Director of the Sustainability Academic Program
Department of Geography
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that are focused on or related to sustainability?:
Yes

Number of sustainability continuing education courses offered :
4

Total number of continuing education courses offered:
10

Does the institution have a sustainability-related certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:
No

A brief description of the certificate program:
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Year the certificate program was created:
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The website URL where information about sustainability in continuing education courses is available :
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(1) Our numerical response is specific to the Law School.
(2) The law school each year holds three annual conferences and a major two-day symposium that focus on sustainability issues which are open to a wide audience including alumni and the general public. The symposium provides continuing education credits for lawyers who register for these credits. The law school has sponsored events with the Society of Risk Analysis on environmental governance in the context of synthetic biology, the 40th anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act, environment and energy issues in public land planning, and sustainable energy, among others.
(3) Several continuing education offerings relevant to this credit are offered by the Elliott School of International Affairs. Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia of the Elliott School of International Affairs, offers an annual Global City in World Affairs Program for Administrative Officers of the Hong Kong SAR Civil Service. The eight-week interdisciplinary program includes several topics on sustainable planning, design and resilience to climate change. Participants engage in on-campus seminars as well as meetings with public officials in Washington and New York City about their cities' sustainability plans.
In 2007, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia launched the PISA Climate Initiative, which offered Leadership Institutes on Climate Change held in Hanoi, Washington, DC, Bangkok, and Nay Pyi Taw aimed at building capacity of public officials and civil society advocates to grapple with the interconnected impacts of climate change and bridge inter-ministerial divides. To date over two hundred delegates from six of the ASEAN member countries have taken part in these programs.
PISA also sponsors the PISA-ASEAN Roundtable on Climate-wise Development, a series of public seminars that especially target representatives of the ASEAN member embassies in Washington.
(4) The GW School of Professional Studies offers certificate courses in sustainability; this information is captured under our Education and Research entry.

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