Other Initiatives

Journal Reuse Pilot Program

The Journal Reuse Pilot Program, currently operated by the Fornace Lab, was inspired by the outreach core of the Center for Metabolomic Studies to promote environmental sustainability and science education within the Georgetown campus and community. This initiative aims to reduce Georgetown’s paper waste production by funneling away science journals from the landfill into the classrooms of aspiring students to foster interest in scientific research.

The Fornace Lab has been collaborating with main campus science departments and the Georgetown Medical Center to collect unused science journals along with the Center for Social Justice to find new homes for these journals at local high schools and education centers in the DC-MD-VA area. Science journal deliveries are made to these institutions by the “Giving Car” which was awarded to a member of the lab by the Alexandria Hyundai, along with a cancer research grant, and serves as a token of remembrance for children who have struggled in the fight against cancer and as support for Georgetown Giving and Georgetown’s and GUMC’s Missions.

For more information about the deliveries, check out @GivingCar and @KarenHowenstein on Twitter.

This program began in the summer of 2019 and has already diverted 336 lbs. of waste that could have been generated if these journals were simply tossed into the trash. We hope to make more routine deliveries and to transform this pilot into a permanent community service so that we can continue to promote greener practices on campus as well as to support our local schools by investing in the educational resources of our future scientists and scholars.

If you would like to join us on our mission or would simply like to know more information about this initiative, feel free to reach out to any one of our staff members below.

Contact Information:

Karen Howenstein, MS, PMP, CRA: khowenst@georgetown.edu; (202)687-3101

Theresa Kim: tsk49@georgetown.edu

Janis Park: jfp55@georgetown.edu

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