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Date:2/29/2012

area, and planning to mitigate university travel emissions by supporting carbon offset projects. This summer, AU installed one of the largest solar electricity systems in Washington, D.C. and the largest urban solar hot water system on the east coast.

Catholic University has reduced its carbon emissions by 50 percent through the purchase of renewable energy certificates in the past two years. CUA also operates 1,500 solar panels that displace 450 tons of carbon dioxide annually. CUA sponsored a solar design contest in 2011 when a student team designed a solar-powered picnic table. This year students are designing a solar-powered shelter for the University shuttle to encourage people to take the Metro to CUA and then ride the shuttle. A CUA-led team the first-ever from Washington, D.C.is competing in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Corcoran College of Art + Design recently completed a roof replacement project, which will reduce heat and cooling loads up to 40 percent.

Gallaudet University is using $40 million raised from its first tax-exempt bond issue to fund, in part, an environmentally-conscious dorm and energy conservation projects to keep Gallaudet in the forefront of creating a 'green' campus. A new dorm that will open next fall has sustainable design strategies that will be used to obtain LEED Silver certification.

George Washington University has goals to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025 and reach carbon neutrality by 2040. In 2010, the university created a green plaza with a state-of-the-art rainwater reclamation system. That same year, GW announced plans to cut bottled water purchases in half by 2016. This fall, GW will be one of the few universities in the country to offer every undergraduate the opportunity to earn a minor in sustainability. South Hall, a GW residence hall, was the first university campus building in the District to earn LEED Gold certification.

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