According to the GW Hatchet, George Washington University plans to send 3,500 tons of trash to a waste-to-energy plant this year in hopes of eliminating the University's solid waste carbon emissions. The 3,500 tons of waste produced each year at the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses will be converted into 1,800 megawatt hours of electricity, generating enough power to run 100 homes for an entire year, officials said this week. "By switching to waste-to-energy (WTE), our greenhouse gas emissions for solid waste will be reduced to zero," said Nancy Giammatteo, director of Planning and Environmental Management. The disposal and conversion program started on Oct. 5. The new initiative is part of the University's proposal to lessen overall greenhouse gas emissions as part of the obligation to the American College and University President's Climate Commitment and GW's climate action plan. The WTE project will have a "large impact on the current dialogue and the next generation of leaders," said Meghan Chapple-Brown, Director of GWU’s Office of Sustainability.