Schools Sign Pledge to Make Washington, D.C. the Nation's Greenest City

By Catherine Groux
Posted March 02, 2012 12:06 PM

Schools in Washington D.C. will work to make the city greener.
Schools in Washington D.C. will work to make the city greener.
Drawing inspiration from Mayor Vincent Gray's pledge to improve the city's climate action plan, nine colleges in Washington, D.C. recently signed a pledge to transform the area into the most sustainable city in the nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

The schools involved in the plan include American University, Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, Trinity Washington University and the University of the District of Columbia.

According to an American University press release, the Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge requires schools to agree to at least five commitments across 10 categories pertaining to jobs and community growth, water, green education, transportation, waste, research and energy.

Neil Kerwin, president of American University, said he feels his school and its bachelor's degree seekers play a large part in bolstering the city's sustainability.

"Colleges and universities have a responsibility to be community leaders and by advancing sustainability, American University is demonstrating our active commitment toward becoming a sustainable city," Kerwin said in a statement. "Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword at AU — it’s a culture and dedication to social responsibility."

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