Federal Collaboration


EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy 2015 GreenGov Symposium

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at the 2015 GreenGov Symposium

The GW Sustainability Collaborative partnered with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and its Office of Federal Sustainability (OFS) to promote federal energy and sustainability efforts in 2015 and 2016. In the two years of formal collaboration, GW has engaged more than a thousand federal career managers through the GreenGov Dialogues, Symposiums, and case study efforts. GW has built a reputation as a resource for connecting federal workers from different agencies facing similar sustainability challenges.

GW engaged with the federal government to powerful effect, bringing together the key players and producing case studies designed to promote effective solutions. In 2010, GW hosted the first-ever GreenGov Symposium in partnership with CEQ. In 2015 and 2016, the GW Sustainability Collaborative renewed its partnership with CEQ and agreed to conduct a series of activities to support sustainability. In June 2015 and September 2016, GW hosted the annual GreenGov Symposiums, which brought together public, private, and non-profit leaders, including Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

The discussion centered on strategies to meet sustainability challenges, particularly those related to climate, the proceedings of which can be found at GreenGov2015.org and GreenGov2016.org. Throughout 2015 and 2016, GW partnered with CEQ in hosting three GreenGov Dialogues and committed to designing a series of case studies to help federal managers and others learn about effective sustainability strategies. These case studies include Biobased Materials, Power Purchase Agreements, Waste Management, Supply Chain Management, and Fleet Electrification. Additional case studies are under development and the Sustainability Collaborative continues to engage with federal sustainability stakeholders.

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Engaging the Federal Government Today

GW offers federal executive branch leaders an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day tasks of managing federal environmental policies to develop long-term strategies and projects that build on the strengths of academia, the public sector and private corporations. Taking a sabbatical at GW from 1-12 months provides an opportunity to examine how best to promote the nation's environmental and economic goals in a sustainable manner while engaging a wide variety of stakeholders. 

GW's faculty and library offer extensive resources across a range of disciplines and specialties. Federal employees will benefit from spending time with a diverse and engaged community of scholars and practitioners. Given its location in the heart of Washington, GW constantly strives to marry innovative new ideas from academia with the practical know-how of policy makers. 

The GW Sustainability Collaborative would particularly like to work with federal employees who have the vision to develop collaborative new projects. In Spring 2017, for example, GW hosted the Local Foods Impact Conference, working with federal partners to bring expertise from around the country to Washington in order to examine on-going changes in the way Americans produce and consume food. For further information about these sabbatical opportunities, please contact Kayla Williams at [email protected].