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University Presidents to Sign Pledge Embracing Mayor Grays Vision of a More Sustainable City

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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray ,Georgetown University President John DeGioia, American University President Neil Kerwin, Catholic University of America President John Garvey, George Washington University President Steven Knapp, Gallaudet University President Alan Hurwitz, Howard University President Sidney Ribeau and University of the District of Columbia President Allen Sessoms will meet to sign the Mayor’s College and University Sustainability Pledge (CUSP), committing the schools to pursuing sustainability as engaged participants in the Mayor’s ambitious goal of making the District of Columbia the most sustainable city in America. The CUSP recognizes the critical leadership role of the District’s colleges and universities in advancing sustainability on campus and in the community.


WHEN: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


WHERE: American University
School of International Service (SIS)

Abramson Family Founders Room
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW


PARKING: Media parking for cargo vans and satellite trucks is located in AU’s Nebraska Avenue Parking Lot. General parking is available in the SIS underground parking garage.


BACKGROUND: As a sector, universities in the District are already leading in the area of sustainability.

The Mayor’s Sustainable DC initiative – to make the District the nation’s greenest, healthiest, most livable city – is already drawing on the academic community’s leadership and expertise. University presidents representing seven of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning are joining Mayor Gray to sign the pledge, whereby the schools will agree to pursue myriad sustainability measures on their respective campuses and report on their progress.

Mayor Gray and the university presidents in attendance will be available for interviews.