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Exclusively for alumni, the Department of Geography and the Environment newsletter features alumni and department updates, as well as event information. If you are one of our alumni, update your contact information with the GW Office of Alumni Relations to start receiving this and other exclusive alumni benefits. 

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Department News

student voices

Student Voices: An Open Letter to the World Food Forum

Geography master's student Nick Smaldone joined a group and represented the Global Food Institute at the global forum in Rome, Italy.


Student Voices: GW Grad Student Travels to Iceland for the 2023 Arctic Circle Assembly

Laura Goodfield presented research and attended panels at the high-profile international event in the northernmost part of the Earth.

Aman Luthra and Shweta Rana talk to a Himalayan farmer

Professor Luthra publishes article in FocusOnGeography

Prof. Aman Luthra and colleague Prof. Ginger Allington of Cornell published Pollinator Landscapes in the Himalayas as a 'photo journalism' piece.

Sustainability and Sustainable Development: An Introduction

Professor Benton-Short Publishes Book on Sustainability

Prof. Benton-Short's latest book is about Sustainability. This book introduces students to sustainability structured around the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

Image of wildfire smoke covering a mountain in Maui

Inside the Inferno: What the Maui Fires Mean for Hawaii—and the World

As wildfires devastated Hawaii, Geography Professor Lisa Benton-Short explained how climate change fanned the disaster’s flames.

Special Events


Hosted by a student group, Mapathons are held at least once each semester to contribute to international aid efforts. Using open-source mapping software, participants help map areas that are identified as at risk for or have recently experienced disasters. All members of the GW community are invited to join a Mapathon event — no experience required.


Learn More About Mapathons

Geography Bowl

The American Association of Geographers hosts the annual World Geography Bowl, a quiz tournament featuring teams of undergraduate and graduate students from schools across the Mid-Atlantic region. The winning team and individuals win prizes, and all participants receive a travel stipend to offset expenses. 

Visit the Department of Geography and the Environment's Facebook page to see upcoming events and read recaps of past competitions and prizes. Contact the department to participate.

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