The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) was created to reduce antibiotic resistance worldwide by promoting good stewardship practices in humans and animals. ARAC is conducting cutting-edge research and strategic communications that promotes evidence-based policy to curb the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Specifically we are conducting research to close critical knowledge gaps and identify the primary drivers of antibiotic resistance, especially in animal agriculture; developing and evaluating strategies to decrease unnecessary antibiotic use in animals and humans; designing and implementing effective strategies to detect and stop the spread of new antibiotic-resistant bacteria; and advocating for evidence-based policies aimed at preserving the antibiotics we still have left while slowing the progression of this global public health problem.
GW’s institutes and centers work across traditional disciplinary boundaries to bring together researchers with a wide variety of specialized knowledge. While sustainability is a broad problem, the institutes and centers make it possible to combine numerous kinds of deep expertise in a manner that builds on individual contributions to create sophisticated solutions that leverage all of the university’s intellectual assets. In this sense, GW’s research institutions build a final product that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Currently there are eleven institutes and centers at GW that feature research on sustainability topics ranging from solar power to economic policy to improving health outcomes.
The Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA) was formed in 2005 to undertake applied real estate research focusing on walkable urban development and place management, international real estate, and housing finance policy. Research has shown that walkable urban development is one of the most important steps society can take to address climate change since the built environment and transportation system contributes over 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. CREUA has established the Walkable Urban Development and Place Management Certificate for graduate and non-degree students. CREUA creates networking opportunities and facilitates career opportunities for alumni and students. Finally, CREUA conducts three annual conferences in partnership with national real estate organizations.
The Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) was chartered as a University-wide institute in 2015 to advance human knowledge applicable to pragmatic, implementable, non-regulatory, next generation, private-governance solutions primarily exemplified by national and international voluntary, consensus standards for environmental, energy, and sustainability management.
The Institute conducts state-of-the-art, relevant research, promotes graduate and professional education, and undertakes service activities pertinent for the management of environmental, energy, and sustainability challenges facing organizations and communities throughout the Nation and the world.
EEMI research, educational, and service activities include the following areas of focus: Greenhouse gas management; green smart and sustainable cities; environmental management systems; energy management systems; data center energy efficiency; green buildings; environmentally preferable products; water; and next generation private-governance.
Healthy communities depend on food systems that are sustainable, resilient, diverse, fair, economically balanced, and transparent. The objective of the Food Institute is to establish a capacity in the University to enable and cultivate cross-disciplinary research, public engagement, and education about the organization, health, and environmental effects of regional, national, and international food systems.
The Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR) is devoted to the development and dissemination of scholarship, including research and teaching pertaining to corporate responsibility. It serves as a vehicle for continuing education, curriculum development, conferences and seminars each of which will address needs of the School of Business, GW University, and the wider Washington, D.C., community.
ICR leverages its location to become a leading resource to the business community through business associations and the policy community through federal agencies, Congress, local and regional governments, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations.By fostering such a business-university-government partnership—U.S. and global—the ICR presents a unique knowledge creation and dissemination asset on our campus, building scholarly capacity for our faculty and students, and enhancing GW’s prestige worldwide.
The aim of the ICR is to be the world’s leading intellectual center for scholarship in the field of corporate responsibility and to be recognized as such.
The Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP), which is located within the Elliott School of International Affairs, serves as a catalyst for high quality, multi-disciplinary, and non-partisan research on policy issues surrounding economic globalization. The Institute research program helps to develop effective policy options and academic analysis in a time of growing controversies about international economic integration in many countries around the world. The Institute’s work also encompasses policy responses for those who face continued poverty and financial crises despite worldwide economic growth. Affiliated faculty have appointments in the departments of economics, history, and political science as well as the public health, law, and business schools.
Since 1984, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) has worked with partner organizations in Asia to enhance capacity at the national and regional levels to address emerging concerns in the Asia Pacific region. Working with its network of global experts, PISA creates issue-specific programs in areas of mutual concern between the United States and Asia with particular emphasis on transnational issues such as: climate change, human security and international governance.
The Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness promotes sustainable lifestyles by seeking solutions to obesity and other public health problems that are on the rise not just in the U.S., but worldwide. The Center’s overall mission is to expand wellness, improve nutrition, and prevent chronic diseases. The Center traces its genesis to a $30 million donation from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation in 2014 supplemented with additional support from the Milken Family Foundation.
As a part of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Rodham Institute is ideally situated to harness the existing resources of academia, government and the community in a coordinated fashion to promote health equity, and foster new innovations to address health disparities in D.C. and the nation.
The mission of the Rodham Institute is to partner with the local Washington D.C. community to achieve health equity by cultivating the next generation of community-oriented health care providers, and training them in innovative strategies to improve healthcare for all.
The Solar Institute identifies, generates, and shares pragmatic policy solutions to catalyze the adoption and scale of solar energy. Serving this mission, the Institute conducts objective research to advance politically attuned policies, educates a rising generation eager to contribute to a sustainable future, and collaborates with thought leaders, influential stakeholders, and decision makers. Its insights and partnerships promote innovative new public policies, regulatory approaches, and government investments that will enable solar energy to reach its full potential for creating jobs, replacing fossil fuels, and realizing a sustainable energy future.
The Sustainable Energy Initiative is a thought-leadership platform for the consideration and development of energy policy. The Initiative’s mission is to advance the development of legal structures that govern our increasingly diverse and complex energy systems with the goal of promoting equitable economic growth, protecting public health and the environment and assuring access to affordable, reliable, clean and sustainable energy resources. The Initiative provides a forum for open debate on leading-edge energy policy issues, conducts research that significantly advances the knowledge base related to sustainable energy law and policy, and educates students, policy makers and industry participants on issues related to sustainable energy production, delivery and use based on fact and non-partisan analysis.
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