2020 Sustainability Scholars Announced!

January 17, 2020

CUFR is proud to announce the 2020 cohort of GW Sustainability Scholars!

Through the generous support of the Division of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation and in partnership with SustainableGW, GW's Sustainability Scholars Awards give promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a GW faculty member in their chosen fields of study. 

Two students were selected for GW's second cohort of Sustainability Scholars.  The students, faculty mentors, and their projects are:


Margaret Nelson, Majors: Economics and Public Health

  • Faculty Mentor: Susan Anenberg, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Project: "Estimating effects of sustainability actions on disparities in air pollution exposure, physical fitness, and nutrition across Washington, DC"

While there is some evidence that reducing greenhouse gas emissions also brings public health benefits, there is limited quantitative data on the health benefits of climate-change-mitigating actions.  This project seeks to measure some of the public health benefits of initiatives undertaken through Washington, DC's Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan.


Zachary Posnik, Majors: International Affairs and Geography

  • Faculty Mentor: Nikolay Shiklomanov, Geography
  • Project: "The Road to Sustainability: Environmental and Social Impacts of Informal Road Networks and Resources Extraction North of Lake Baikal, Russia"

Siberia has experienced unprecedented climate-induced environmental change, and  sustainability issues are especially acute in fragile boreal, subartic regions where resource extraction industries dominate.  This project seeks to understand the impacts of land-use upon the sustainability of vegetation and permafrost conditions of north of Lake Baikal in Siberia.