Goals and Achievements

Strategic Goals

The Sustainability Collaborative aspires to be a transnational sustainability policy leader. We have four strategic goals. 

Sustainability Collaborative's Four Goals: catalyze sustainability policy development, leverage and build on faculty research expertise, produce the next generation of food policy leaders, enhance sustainability in academics



GW provides data and responses to various sustainability survey rating bodies. Please find links to the publicly available survey results on this page. GW was proud to receive Gold in our first STARS submission in 2014.

STARS Rating - Gold

Stars Gold


"The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities - from community colleges to research universities - and encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability."-Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education  (AASHE) 

U.S. Department of Education- Green Ribbon Schools 2015

Green Ribbon


"The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting promising practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that: reduce environmental impact and costs; improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways."- U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 

  • Awarded in 2015, one of six inaugural Green Ribbon Schools of Higher Education


Sierra Club Cool Schools 

Sierra Club Cool Schools


"Our rankings can serve as a guide for prospective students, current students, administrators, and alumni to compare colleges’ commitments to environmentalism. It also serves to spur healthy competition among schools, raise environmental standards on campus, and publicly reward the institutions that work hard to protect the planet."- Sierra Club 


The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges

Princeton Review Guide to Green Schools


"The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. The profiles in the guide give college applicants information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats." -The Princeton Review