Real Climate GW Hosts Open House Friday, April 20

17 Apr

On Friday, April 20, Real Climate GW will host an open house from 3:00- 5:00 in the University Honors Program Clubhouse at 714 21st St. The event will showcase their achievements in making climate change real on The George Washington University campus and in the Foggy Bottom community.

According to a recent poll by ThinkProgress.org, 38% of Americans still do not believe in climate change, and in a 2010 study conducted by the National Geographic Study and the International polling firm GlobeScan, American consumers’ ranks last in a survey of 17 countries in environmentally conscious behaviors.

Real Climate GW seeks to educate the GW and Foggy Bottom communities on the authenticity and severity of climate change.

Collecting and analyzing consumption information from the Office of Sustainability, Real Climate GW found that its campus emitted 128,300 metric tons of CO2 in 2010. That is enough coal to fill ⅔ of the Washington Monument and made up 4% of the District of Columbia’s total carbon dioxide output for the year.

With this knowledge, the fifteen student team designed and developed a sensor to measure real-time CO2 levels. Located outside Professor Miller’s office on H and 21st Sts., the sensor has been live streaming data to a central processor since December 2011. With this research, Real Climate GW has found that the carbon dioxide concentration in Foggy Bottom is consistently higher than the 380 ppmv global average, fluctuating between 420 ppmv and 515 ppmv. This information has been made public through an internet marketing campaign that includes platforms such as twitter and facebook in addition to the team’s website, realclimategw.org.

Real Climate GW is dedicated to educating the community, and is proud to have been a recipient of the Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Award. Most recently, on March 30, Real Climate GW was honored to attend the Clinton Global Initiative where the team shared its research, mission, and future vision with global leaders in sustainability.

Friday’s open house will be a forum for members of the GW and Foggy Bottom communities to ask questions of and learn about climate change. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to become acquainted with innovative technologies and to learn easy behavioral changes that will make a difference in lowering the local, and consequentially the global, CO2 concentration. Discover how together, we can make a difference in climate change.

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