Monday, August 31, 2009

Ouch! Greenopia Gives Georgetown Lowest Environmental Rating

Greenopia, an organization that provides consumers with the information necessary to make eco-friendly decisions, released their own version of college rankings (after the US News & World Report, Forbes, Sierra, etc.). Georgetown was given only 1 out of 4 possible "leaves." Why did we rank so poorly?

Georgetown suffered because of bad environmental reporting. The survey said, "Simply put, Georgetown had some of the worst reporting we came across and this is unacceptable."

Georgetown was also criticized for lack of eco-friendly food options and alternative fuel vehicles.

Georgetown was called out for not signing on for the President's Climate Commitment, but we were commended for having a recycling rate of 37% (above average).

The summary of the report said that Georgetown is doing enough to count as "light green" but needs more aggressive action in some key areas. Agreed.


  1. Isn't the GUTS fleet alternative-fuel? G'town can do much better, but a lack of reporting covers the good as well as the bad.

  2. Not to my knowledge. We have a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, but it doesn't get used.

  3. Where does the produce in Leo's come from? I kind of assumed it wasn't local because it isn't labelled as such.

  4. Some of the apples are local, if I remember correctly. Obviously bananas, pineapple, and oranges can't be. Not sure about the rest.

  5. What does bad evironmental reporting even mean? And how do we benefit from that?