George Washington University commits to single-use-plastic ban (subscription)

George Washington University will begin to eliminate single-use plastics from campus, Thomas LeBlanc, the school’s president, said at a sustainability event.

The announcement is part of a campuswide, years-long effort to shrink the university’s carbon footprint, LeBlanc said. The campus over the past decade has invested in renewable energy, reduced food waste and shared plans to achieve carbon neautrality by 2030. Leaders recently committed to divesting the university’s holdings in fossil fuel companies.

The ban will apply to plastics that are designed to be used once and then discarded – water bottles, cutlery, candy wrappers and bags – that clog local waterways and overwhelm landfills, LeBlanc said.

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