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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 68.76
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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George Washington University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Lisa Benton-Short
Director of the Sustainability Academic Program
Department of Geography
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (1st program):
Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Urban Planning (College of Professional Studies)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (1st program):

The mission of the MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning is to develop thoughtful, creative and dynamic planning professionals who are able to synthesize multiple and diverse views into comprehensive, sustainable plans that lead neighborhoods and regional, national and global communities to a healthy environment and way of life. It is designed for professionals in:
• urban planning and policy at the city, county, and state levels
• environmental policy and advocacy
• parks and planning
• land use and public/private partnerships
• commercial development and contracting
• "green" industries.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (1st program) :
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
M.A. in International Development Studies (Elliott School of International Affairs)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The IDS program prepares students for professional careers in the field of international development through interdisciplinary coursework that includes the study of economics, research methods, policy analysis, and management. Students focus their studies by creating their own area of specialization in coordination with their faculty mentor.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
M.A. in Environmental Resource Policy (Columbian College of Arts and Sciences)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

The M.A. in Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. This Master of Arts program prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, the private sector and environmental advocacy groups.

While anchored in environmental science, ENRP prepares students for varied career positions by encompassing study in topics relating to environmental law, public policy, research methods and statistics, ecology, biology, and geography. The multidisciplinary approach enables students to:
•develop a deep understanding of complex environmental policy issues;
• identify connections between specific environmental policy issues and the relevant natural science(s);
• build environmental policy on a foundation of science-based evidence, an appreciation of economic incentives, and a clear-eyed understanding of environmental law and politics; and
• learn to frame environmental policy challenges in ways that render them more amenable to solution


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program(s):
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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes (College of Professional Studies)

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

The mission of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes is to provide an innovative and relevant curriculum that reflects changing social attitudes towards the conservation and sustainability of our living environments. Landscape Designers will be called upon to provide design and implementation services that apply new strategies of plant and water conservation and energy efficiency. The Sustainable Landscapes program strives to provide advanced landscape design students and experienced landscape design professionals with a fundamental understanding of best practices in landscape conservation and sustainability, adapted to the small-scale landscape, at the neighborhood level.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Certificate in Climate Change Management (College of Professional Studies)

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

The six-course, 18 credit Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy offers instruction in technological approaches to solving key planning issues. It focuses on the technical side of sustainability; the building requirements, design demands, and energy technologies needed to create a sustainable urban area. The Certificate is designed to provide returning students or mid-career professionals with valuable technological skills and entry-level students with an area of specialization in technology for sustainability.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Graduate Certificate in Energy Engineering and Management (School of Engineering and Applied Science)

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The graduate certificate in energy engineering and management offers instruction in alternative energy generation and energy resources management. The program can assist professionals to open up new opportunities as energy auditors, energy analysts, energy project managers, and related positions. Course explore the latest information in energy efficient building design, microgrid renewable energy development, and advanced materials. While studying these topics, students research economics of energy, the art of managing energy projects, and analytical methods of analyzing the viability and feasibility of energy projects.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.