Robert Orttung

Dr. Robert Orttung

Sustainability Research Director

"Sustainability is one of the most complex problems facing the world today. Developing solutions requires collaborative, interdisciplianary research that seamlessly integrates insights from engineering, natural sciences, business"

11 Research Institutes & Centers


Sustainability Solutions 

Arctic Orttung

Arctic PIRE

A GW led team of American and international universities in a project to develop an Arctic Urban Sustainability Index and enhance Arctic education with support from the National Science Foundation. 


Capital Cities 

A multi-national, multi-disciplinary project examining how capital cities differ from other cities and use these distinctive features to promote sustainability policies.

Sustainable Diets

Sustainable Diets

A systems perspective approach to creating a framework for assessing the interdependency between diet and consumption of water and energy resources.

Case Studies 

Biobased Promo Picture

Biobased Case Study

Biobased products are commercial or industrial products that are composed in whole, or in significant part, of plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials.

Waste Management

Waste Management Case Study

Americans produce more than 200 million tons of waste annually. This study explores innovative ways in which manage some of that waste.


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Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund  



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Living Labs

At GW, we practice what we teach. We view our campus and the greater D.C. area as a living laboratory where students can collaborate on real-life problems. Living labs engage students, faculty, and staff in citizenship, leadership, and sustainability.

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Faculty in Sustainability 

Saniya Leblanc

-Dr. Saniya Leblanc

Assistant Professor
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

"As our global demand for energy increases, we need more efficient and effective ways to meet that demand. We tackle this challenge by developing new energy materials, advanced manufacturing techniques for energy devices, and techno-economic analyses of emerging technologies."


GWSPH Professor Sabrina McCormick Talks Climate Change


Marcus King

-Dr. Marcus King (PDF)

Associate Professor
Elliott School of International Affairs

"Challenges related to ensuring safe and sufficient water across the globe are considerable, and will grow significantly in the coming years."

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