Georgetown University strives to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly community every day.  The University is pursuing broad-based, practical approaches to sustainability, including a commitment to cut our carbon footprint in half by 2020. On campus, we are implementing real-world solutions, using the campus as a living laboratory to achieve long-term sustainability.

Our institutional commitment to sustainability doesn’t end with us, though. We build relationships with partners that are committed to sustainability and enhance what Georgetown University does in the field.

Some of the highlights of our efforts include:

  • Georgetown One Card: In 2007 the university separated paper shredding from card shredding so both can be recycled.
  • Georgetown One Card: In 2007 and 2013 GOCard partnered with Epicurean to provide reusable water bottles as part of move-in.
  • Hotel & Conference Center: We use organic pens, recycled notepads, cardboard straws, and soy candles in our conference rooms.
  • Hotel & Conference Center: We provide recycled soap bars with the Clean the World program. We also use 100% recycled key cards and have energy efficient lighting throughout the property.
  • Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola set a 2020 Company goal in packaging to reach a 75% recovery rate of bottles and cans in developed markets.
  • Zipcar: After joining Zipcar, 90% of members drove fewer than 5,500 miles per year.

This is only a brief overview of what Auxiliary Business Services does in the field of sustainability. If you’d like to learn more about our efforts, contact us at or visit Sustainability at Georgetown University

At Georgetown, we believe that sustainability applies not just to our environmental practices, but also to our employment practices. Georgetown University is committed to providing fair and competitive compensation packages for University employees and full-time contract workers. Check out our Office of Public Affairs website for more details on our Just Employment Policy.