Faculty Programs & Centers

Connect with programs at Georgetown that engage research, teaching, and collaboration on the environment. Click Quick Links to visit the individual websites or Summary to see a comprehensive overview of environmentally-related programs and centers at Georgetown.

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Program on Science in the Public Interest

The Georgetown University Program on Science in the Public Interest (SPI) provides students with concrete opportunities to address some of the most challenging science and society problems of our time. At SPI, students develop creative and practical solutions through direct dialogue with congressional staff, Members of Congress, journalists, scientists, business leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs.

 SPI provides students with the tools and opportunities to affect change in three major focus areas: Government, Industry, and Community.

Co-directed by Dr. Francis Slakey and Dr. Jeff Urbach, SPI encourages students to tackle today’s most important questions including:

  • How can we contribute to global environmental management?
  • How can the nation achieve long-term energy security?
  • What are the best steps to safeguarding the public against emerging pandemics?

SPI students also work with leaders in the industry to examine environmental sustainability as a corporate strategy.  For example, in 2008 an SPI student group gained extensive access to General Electric, including the GE Senior Vice President, to evaluate the cost/benefit of the GE Ecomagination program.  They became the first group of students to publish in Reviews of Policy Research.

SPI students have also created and launched new activities at the Smithsonian’s public Spark! Lab™ to teach basic scientific principles to D.C. area K-12 students. Through participation in community based learning, SPI students deepen their own scientific understanding by teaching core concepts to others.


Global Solver


Global Solver is a web forum within the Program on Science in the Public Interest that connects science students and experts from across the country to stimulate innovative solutions to critical global challenges. Students from participating institutions load their ideas onto the GlobalSolver site and refine those ideas in discussions with the experts. SPI students have had their ideas signed into federal law, won a Randi Educational Foundation Award, been profiled in Politico, and interviewed on national radio.


Georgetown Climate Center

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change.  Led by Executive Director Vicki Arroyo and Faculty Director Professor Peter Byrne of Georgetown Law, the Center seeks to ensure that national climate and energy policy is informed by lessons from existing state efforts and that national policies maintain an ongoing role for state innovation and implementation.


Center for the Environment

The Center for the Environment provides faculty and administrative resources for the Environmental Studies Minor (Georgetown College) and the environmental track of the Science, Technology, and International Affairs Major (School of Foreign Service).  The Center also sponsors a lecture series, which includes prominent speakers from around the world as well as our own distinguished faculty.  In addition to these activities, the Center publishes the student-produced Georgetown University Journal of the Environment (GUJOE).

For more information, please contact: Professor Edward M. Barrows, Director, Center for the Environment


Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program

Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program (GELPP) facilitates and encourages synergy among the elements that have contributed to making Georgetown a national leader in environmental and land use law.


Center for Business and Public Policy, Policy in Focus: Energy and the Environment

Located within the McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy offers three “policy in focus areas” including energy and the environment. Scholars in the program examine energy & the environment through an economic lens, focusing on the role of public policy and regulation. By examining the costs, both monetary and environmental, of legislation, these scholars advocate a level-headed approach that improves the environment while remaining practical in the real world.


Global Social Enterprise Initiative, McDonough School of Business

Today’s global economic, social, and environmental challenges call for innovative and transformative solutions.  Social enterprise is the cross-sector management of corporations, non-profit organizations, government, and civil society to drive long-term social and economic change for the greater good.

The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business aims to prepare current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that create both economic and social value.  Led by Distinguished Professor of the Practice, Bill Novelli, GSEI engages corporate, nonprofit, government, and other stakeholders to advance the understanding of social enterprise.


Georgetown Office of Sustainability

Georgetown is engaged in a variety of academic, operational and community initiatives designed to foster a deeper understanding of sustainability and spur action on the issue. Operationally, Georgetown seeks to reduce its carbon footprint through recycling, energy efficiency, facilities and construction,dining and other initiatives. The university also conducts research and teaching on sustainability and encourages community engagement in a range of events and activities.

Georgetown University’s sustainability commitments.