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What is your personal environmental impact? How many resources does it take to support your current lifestyle?
The Office of Sustainability started in 2007.
Mason aspires to be climate neutral by 2050.
We received our second STARS Gold rating in 2017.
Students can choose from over 125 Green Leaf courses.
Students can experience a Sustainability pathway through General Education courses (Mason ENCORE series).
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The mission of the sustainability office is to use the strengths of George Mason University - innovation, responsiveness, flexibility, and community strength - to provide leadership in environmental, social, and economic stewardship on our campuses and throughout the local and global communities of which we are a part.
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Mason’s Office of Energy Management is encouraging all students, faculty, and staff on the Fairfax Campus to participate in the “Lights Out! Power Down!” event on Tuesday, June 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.
As a large consumer of electricity, Mason has enrolled in “Interruptible Load Reliability” (ILR), a program that pays customers in exchange for a commitment to reduce electrical load in the event of an electrical grid emergency condition that could result in outages.
Mason has participated in the program for the past five years. With an annual 2,000 kilowatt reduction commitment, Mason has received $400,000 to date. This year, Mason has set 2,000 kilowatts as our reduction commitment participation.
To participate, do the following prior to and during the one-hour event:
- Turn off non-critical lights in offices, common areas, and hallways
- Turn off personal computers and accessories not in use
- Turn off shared electronics (televisions, projectors, copiers, printers, fax machines, etc.) not in use
- Unplug appliances not in use
- Turn off laboratory equipment not in use
Facilities Management HVAC and Building Automation staff will reduce air conditioning levels in select, non-critical areas. Those impacted will be notified prior to the event.
For questions, contact Patrick Buchanan at 703-993-2657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.