Mark Starik, GWSB chair and professor of strategic management and public policy, is practicing what he teaches when it comes to sustainability. Starik is the first person at GW to use new parking spaces in the garage below the South Hall student residence building that come equipped with a plug-in to charge a car.
While driving his Toyota Prius from Washington state to Washington, D.C., Starik had difficulty finding convenient charging stations for his car. The new spaces have helped solve that problem. South Hall earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification when it opened for its design and construction, making it the first university or college building in the District of Columbia to receive this rating for new construction.
Starik had an extra battery installed in the trunk, which doubles the car’s charge life and helps him get at least 99.9 miles per gallon while driving in a city. On battery alone, the car can travel up to 40 miles and only takes six hours to charge with a regular extension cord.
“Sustainable efforts are a big deal,” said Starik, who is also director of the GW Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy. “We’re doing good stuff. Let’s tell people about it.”
Posted by gwsb on August 26, 2010 | Filed under: GWSB News.