About the Partnership
We are entering into a long-term partnership with ENGIE, a global leader in energy services and sustainability, under which ENGIE will assume responsibility for the enhancement, operation and upkeep of the systems that heat, cool and distribute power to the University’s Washington, DC, campuses.
Georgetown has set ambitious sustainability goals that require significant investment to achieve. This agreement with ENGIE will enable substantial upgrades to Georgetown’s major utility, distribution, monitoring, and control systems across campus and position the University to reduce its Energy Use Intensity (EUI) by 35% by 2030; become carbon neutral by 2030; and achieve 100% renewable power by 2035.
This agreement allows Georgetown to focus on our core mission of academic excellence by partnering with a third-party professional whose core competency is energy management to operate our energy infrastructure.
Yes, ENGIE is a global operator that provides financing, design, construction management, energy procurement, utility, and operations and maintenance services to 150+ higher education and healthcare facilities in the United States.
No, under the agreement, Georgetown retains ownership of its utility system as well as all improvements to it.
Yes, we see exciting opportunities for an academic partnership with ENGIE, which would create opportunities for innovative research and teaching that further promotes environmental studies and equips our student body to drive forward sustainability initiatives.
Advancing our Sustainability Goals & Academic Mission
Georgetown has already taken or is in the process of taking significant steps to support renewable energy, conservation and efficiency. These include:
- Establishing nearly 1 million square feet of LEED-certified buildings on campus;
- Entering into a 15-year renewable power purchase agreement that allows the University to source two-thirds of its electricity needs from existing solar plants;
- Committing to divest from fossil fuel companies over the next 10 years; and
- Installing solar panels on and off campus.
What other educational efforts has Georgetown been undertaking to advance its sustainability commitments?
Georgetown’s commitment to sustainability is evident in a range of educational initiatives, including:
- The Georgetown Environment Initiative’s continued work towards the research, education, and advocacy of environmental stewardship;
- Advancing effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the U.S. through the Georgetown Climate Center;
- A new, enhanced environmental studies minor;
- The McDonough School of Business’ new Certificate in Sustainable Business;
- Numerous courses on climate change through the University’s Core Pathways program; and
- The newly-launched Georgetown Environmental Justice Program, which will identify key conceptual frameworks that form a link between practical ethics and the improvement of the lives of disadvantaged people affected by environmental degradation.
The agreement includes four types of Key Performance Indicators in the areas of reliability, efficiency, improvement toward sustainability targets, and operational excellence and safety. The University will conduct annual audits of ENGIE’s performance measured against these indicators and impose escalating financial penalties should ENGIE not meet our high standards for reliability and service.