Sustainability Opportunities

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Faculty and students - attached are more funding opportunities and a really cool event to help Puerto Rico involving José Andrés. There are also opportunities for students. These events are soon so make sure to spread the word!

Dear Sustainability Faculty, 

Welcome back to the spring semester! We hope you had a restful winter season. We have a few reminders and announcements to kick off this new year. As always, if you have a sustainability related event to share, please email us and we will add it to the events page of the Sustainability Collaborative website. 
Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund
The DER Innovation Fund supports GW research related to energy - either directly or indirectly through issues such as water, climate, food, cities, or policies. Faculty are encouraged to think broadly. The maximum award amount is $85,000 and the deadline for proposals is January 19, 2018. View the 2017 RFP here.  

Evening with Chef José Andrés
We would also like to invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 17, 7:00-8:30 in SEH-B1220 for an evening with Chef José Andrés. We will be discussing his work in Puerto Rico over the past months as part of the recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria. This lecture is part of the course SUST 3003, The Sustainable Plate, and has a limited number of extra seats, first come first serve. RSVP Here.

Creating the Paris Path on Climate Change
Please also save the date for our featured event on January 31 at the Goethe Institut, which will be an opportunity to look back on the last Global Climate meetings in Bonn, Germany last fall, and the future of the Paris Climate Agreements. Details to come! Check for more details in the next week.    

SDG Innovation Lab
In 2017, six GW staff and students attended a week long innovation lab in Denmark dedicated to finding innovative solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. This program, called UNLEASH, will be headed to Singapore this June for the second innovation lab dedicated to the SDGs. Applicants must be under 35 years old, and have an insight into a pressing problem of sustainability. All expenses are paid for by UNLEASH. Applications for 2018 open on January 15. Learn more, and share with your students, by visiting
I hope you have a wonderful spring semester and look forward to seeing you soon.
Kathleen A. Merrigan
Executive Director of Sustainability

Campus Compact Newsletter: January 2018

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Below is the first Campus Compact Newsletter of 2018. There are resources to fuel your community-engaged scholarship, awards you can apply for, the upcoming conference in Indianapolis and thoughts on 2017 and the state of civic engagement. 

Campus Compact In Action
January 2018


Many of us in the United States, regardless of our political views, experienced 2017 as an immensely challenging year.

The climate of hostility that emerged during the 2016 campaign did not dissipate. Confidence in nearly all major institutions approached all-time lows. The idea of a democratic republic as a political community in which citizens come together to shape their collective future seemed to fade into the nostalgic past.

Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn's recent TEDx talk on the deep values motivating our work of bringing people together across divides.

Check out the video here:

But there is more to the story.
2017 also saw renewed vigor in the press and renewed interest in high-quality journalism. Youth turnout in the 2017 elections was up dramatically. And individuals and organizations across the country launched or expanded a bevy of efforts aimed at bringing Americans together across divides.

Campus Compact is part of that movement, and advancing our collective capacity for dialogue, deliberation, and building shared solutions will be a central focus of our efforts in 2018. From our national office, here are a few highlights for 2018:


Campus Compact 2018 National Conference
The conference theme, True Stories of Engagement: Higher Education for Democracy, calls us to bring forward practical accounts of how colleges and universities are building civic skills and civic health. The conference will provide opportunities to learn more about integrating dialogue and deliberation into the institution. Register soon - hotel space is limited.

Summit of Presidents & Chancellors
On March 25 & 26, higher education leaders will convene in Indianapolis for Campus Compact’s 2018 Summit of Presidents and Chancellors. Summit sessions focus on civic engagement and accreditation, fundraising for engaged teaching, research, and practice, and more. Learn more here.

2018 Newman Civic Fellowship Nominations
Member presidents and chancellors are encouraged to nominate a student from their campus for the 2018 Newman Civic Fellowship. Nominations are due by 11:59 PM EST on February 1. Want to learn more? Join our nomination support webinar on January 8.



Season 2, episodes 9 & 10 out now!
Explore the latest and greatest in community engagement on #CompactNationPod! Our latest episodes feature Natural Breeden & Lindsay Earl, two Newman Civic Fellows and Dr. Kenneth Reardon, the 2017 Ehrlich Award recipient. Listen today!

Fan of the podcast? Let us know what you think! Don't forget to rate and review on iTunes or your favorite podcast listening app.



Housing Insecurity & Homelessness Webinars
Campus Compact will be hosting two webinars to discuss housing insecurity and homelessness on college and university campuses. The first is targeted toward faculty and will be held on March 12, 2018. The second is targeted toward student life professionals and will take place on June 18, 2018.


CAMPUS COMPACT is a national coalition of colleges & universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. We build democracy through civic education & community development.

We're comprised of a national office based in Boston, MA, with state & regional compact offices across the country. For more information visit us online at

Copyright © Campus Compact, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
45 Temple Place, Boston, Massachusetts, 02111



2018 GW New Venture Competition!

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Great news for your students doing community-engaged scholarship! This award has a social venture track for interested students engaged with work in communities. Please encourage any ambitious students to apply ASAP, as the deadline is January 31st. More information is available below in the original email, including the new Faculty Mentorship Award.

2018 GW New Venture Competition

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018; 12:00 p.m. ET

Final Event Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Apply to Compete

Eligibility | Key Dates | Round 1 Submission Requirements | Prizes | Get Help at Office Hours

This is the 10th anniversary of the GW New Venture Competition, one of the LARGEST collegiate entrepreneurship competitions in the nation. Compete for over $300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to help you further your startup idea!

The GW New Venture Competition provides a unique opportunity for GW students, faculty, staff and alumni to put entrepreneurship principles into practice with an experiential learning experience and competition. The competition offers three tracks—New Ventures, Technology Ventures, and Social Ventures—where innovators and entrepreneurs can test ideas for new businesses, technologies and social innovations.

Whether you win a cash or in-kind prize to implement your new idea or simply take advantage of the learning and mentorship to apply later in your career, the GW New Venture Competition is an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience!

The New Venture Competition is hosted by the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Office of the Vice President for Research.


First round submissions for the 2018 GW New Venture Competition are due by 12:00 noon ET on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

To submit your application, first review the eligibility rules, key dates, and submission requirement links listed above. If you are eligible to compete, register using the link above. For Round 1 applications, three items are required:

  1. Form fill description of the venture
  2. A concise (50-words or less) description of the venture
  3. A 2-minute video presentation 


This year, you can nominate a GW faculty member who has provided guidance and inspiration to you on your entrepreneurial journey! As part of the Round 1 submission, you can name your “Most Influential Faculty Member” to win an award that will be presented at the Finals on April 19, 2018. 


Contact Jasmine Bautista at or 202-994-2780 with questions or for more information.

Article Spotlight: How Colleges Ignite Civic Engagement

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Faculty and students should check out this article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about the way universities engage their students in their communities and how they train them to be better citizens.

The article mentions controversial topics such as the increasing disagreement over basic facts in political discussions and includes interesting quotes from leaders in the field such as this one from Nancy Thomas, director of The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University: "We’ve been so scared of appearing partisan or political that we’re really not educating for democracy. We’re seeing a chipping away at democracy without a strong, nonpartisan, but distinctly political response from campuses."

If you have a premium subscription to The Chronicle of Higher Education, we encourage you to click on the related links in the article, which address related subjects.

Community Engagement Consulting

Faculty should take note of this new organization, Community Engagement Consulting, which hopes to bridge the gap between business minds and service organizations. See below for more details.

A group of students within George Washington University School of Business have recently launched a program called Community Engagement Consulting. Junior Dylan Tally, sophomore Courtney Pellegrino and freshman Colin Medwick have been assisting local nonprofit Life Pieces to Masterpieces with general daily operations and development strategies.


CEC is designed to bridge the gap between business minds and service organizations. Tally, the founder, has found in previous consulting experience that there is often a disconnect between students who are business-oriented and those who are passionate about service. He sought out students who not only have essential business skills, but are interested in social causes and nonprofit organizations. 


This semester’s pilot at Life Pieces to Masterpieces has been successful, and CEC is looking to expand to assist other nonprofits in the area. They are currently in the process of recruiting other students within the business school to serve as consultants. 


At last Thursday’s “Bagels for Best Practices” the three current students in CEC discussed some of the challenges they faced in their experience with local nonprofit leaders. It was found that many faced similar problems and were interested to hear about the resources CEC could provide. Evroy Marett, a representative from U.S. Dream Academy, spoke highly of the idea of CEC, saying “We often think of business and community engagement as very different, but there’s a lot of overlap, and I’m glad you bring that mindset to the School of Business.”

Check Out Americorps VISTA Quarterly!

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The Nashman Center partners with DC Public Schools through the Americorps VISTA program for meaningful and impactful service, welcoming the third-largest cohort this year. It was great to learn about the work of our VISTAs and Public School Liaisons at the Service-Learning Symposium. 

Learn more through the VISTA quarterly at the link below for the latest news and updates from the GW/DCPS Americorps VISTA partnership:

Calling for Proposals for the Diversity Summit


Calling faculty - If you would like to lead a session on the intersection of service-learning and cultural intelligence, review the call for proposals below!

April 3-4, 2018

The Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement  invites faculty, students, and staff to submit proposals for workshops, panels, poster sessions, and interactive presentations related to the theme, Embracing Diversity and Inclusion at GW. The ODECE welcomes creative proposals that reflect best practices in creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Topics related to diversity and inclusion may involve, but are not limited to: race, class, gender, sexuality or orientation, religion, age, (dis)ability, or intersectionality.  

All members of the George Washington University community are invited to submit proposals that engage with questions like, but not limited to, the following:

  • How can our campus better prevent sexual assault and support survivors?
  • What kinds of cultural inclusion can we enact on campus to better demonstrate our understanding of diversity as including people with disabilities, religious diversity, racial diversity, gender diversity, ethnic and country of origin diversity and language diversity?
  • How can we move our understanding of disability beyond legal compliance, and create syllabi, assignments, classroom spaces, and social spaces that are accessible to all?
  • What interfaith work is making strides to connect members of our campus community across their religious beliefs?
  • What role does economic diversity play on campus?
  • How can we help students to understand the implicit biases they may hold toward faculty and staff?
  • What kinds of language can faculty and staff use to better connect with and welcome all students?
  • How can we better understand the role that sexuality and sexual orientation plays in our daily lives?
  • How can we be in solidarity with each other without appropriating others' experiences?
  • How do our lived experiences reflect the intersectional nature of our identities? How can we examine our own attitudes toward bullying and bias?

Panels and presentations will be presented on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.   

To submit a proposal, please provide:

1.      Title  

2.      Abstract and description of presentation or poster  

3.      Biographical information on presenter(s)  

4.      Audio-visual/Room needs 

5.      Accessibility needs  

Proposals should be submitted electronically via this Google form to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement no later than 5pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Notifications will be sent by Friday, February 23, 2018

If you have any questions during the application process, please email the Diversity Summit Committee at or call (202) 994-7434

Apply for the Knapp Fellowship for Entreprenuerial Service-Learning!

The deadline for the prestigious Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning is this Friday, January 12, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Apply be e-mailing the application (which can be found here) to

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Check out our detailed interviews with last year's fellows, Chloe King and Gayatri Malhotra. Chloe is working with the World Wildlife Fund to reduce food waste in D.C. schools and Gayatri is working with Teach for India and Girl Rising on a gender sensitization curriculum in New Delhi. 

The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 will be awarded each academic year.

Undergraduate and graduate students with one more semester may apply independently or with a group of students to design and create solutions that will make a significant difference in the lives of others.

Awardees must work with the support and guidance of a faculty member on their research and action projects.

Students who apply should demonstrate knowledge and innovative thinking about the issue or problem to be addressed.  Selection is at the discretion of the Provost, who reviews recommendations made by a committee of faculty and representatives from the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

Once chosen, fellows work throughout the project with a faculty advisor who guides research on the issue, implementation of the proposal, ongoing reports and assessments, and a final work of scholarship.

For more information, email Dr. Wendy Wagner at or Rachel Talbert at

Nashman/DC Public Schools Americorps VISTA Partnership

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The Nashman Center partners with DC Public Schools through the Americorps VISTA program for meaningful and impactful service, welcoming the third-largest cohort this year. It was great to learn about the work of our VISTAs and Public School Liaisons at the Service-Learning Symposium. 

Learn more through the VISTA quarterly at the link below for the latest news and updates from the GW/DCPS Americorps VISTA partnership: