GOGA Students Presidents Park Greenhouse April 19th: EcoFest & LLC Block Party Upcycling Fashion Exhibit Student Green Patriots Composting at Southside Dining Hall Patriot Green Fund (PGF)

GOGA Students

Get involved in gardening and sustainability related activities through the GMU Organic Gardening Association (GOGA)!

Presidents Park Greenhouse

The PPG’s success has been built upon the generous help and support of its volunteers. All volunteers, students or otherwise, are welcome during our weekly walk-in schedule.

April 19th: EcoFest & LLC Block Party

Outdoor eco-festival: Chalk drawing (join in!), Sustainable Food Day, GOGA Seedling Sale (cash only); Mason’s new bike check out program; student projects & programs; Join ‘green’ RSOs, donate lightly used clothes/ shoes. Don’t miss raffles & giveaways! + FREE: food, popcorn, cotton candy, & smoothies! #ZeroWasteEvent 


Upcycling Fashion Exhibit

The exhibit will be erected in the MIX@Fenwick from April 16 to 27.

Student Green Patriots

Green Patriots is a student organization focused on peer-to-peer outreach that is designed to support Mason’s Office of Sustainability and various campus sustainability initiatives. Join us today!

Composting at Southside Dining Hall

Southside is now composting all food and paper waste. Learn more about the process and how you can contribute!

Patriot Green Fund (PGF)

Got ideas to make Mason more sustainable or efficient? Apply now!


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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).

What Mason is Doing

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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April 15 - April 21
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    Upcycling Fashion Exhibit

    All day

    The goal of this undertaking is to minimize waste, take clothing that would normally be discarded and repurpose it, teach students to reuse and recycle, and provide educational outreach about waste made by discarded clothing.

    The exhibit will be erected in the MIX@Fenwick from April 16 to 27. Five mannequins will be used to showcase upcycled clothing as well as three educational posters that will tell the story of the exhibit. All pieces used for display will be drawn from student work currently being done at the MIX.

    The goals for the event are the following:

    1. Arrange Awareness Campaigns – use social media campaign, tabling events, educational outreach
    2. Teach how to repurpose – provide sewing workshops throughout the semester, teach people how to upcycle clothing, and reach out to groups and individuals to develop a clothing line or items that would be used for the Upcycling Fashion Show
    3. Organize Donation Drive – donated clothing will be used in workshops, clothing swap, and anyone who wishes to develop a “clothing line” for the fashion show
    4. Work with Mason student groups and others who can contribute to the event
    5. Hold Upcycling Fashion Exhibit – showcase the work done by the students, provide additional educational services and raise awareness about clothing “waste”

    All can participate! Email gogreen@gmu.edu for more.

    Multi-Passenger Transportation Appreciation

    All day

    Locations & Times:

    • Sandy Creek Transit Center: 7:00am-9:00am
    • Carpool areas in Lot A & Rappahannock River Parking Deck: 8:00am-10:00am
    • Shuttle Stops at Rappahannock River Lane: 3:00pm-5:00pm

    Parking & Transportation will be on hand with some treats and thank yous!


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    Bike to Mason Day - Fairfax

    7:00 am-3:00 pm
    4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

    Join us for this annual celebration of biking!

    It’s Bike to Mason Day on the Fairfax Campus! Whether you bike to campus regularly or are contemplating starting to bike to campus, this event is open to everyone. Invitation pending on free bike checks; please check back! There will be food, information, giveaways, and more!


    Get to Know Clean Fairfax

    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Speaker from Clean Fairfax coming to speak and answer questions. Hosted by Roosevelt@ Mason. Food provided.

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    Sustainable Farm Startup Trip

    7:45 am-1:00 pm
    8717 Springs Rd Warrenton, VA 20186
    8717 Springs Rd Warrenton, VA 20186

    Join Startup Mason & Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship on a startup trip to Whiffletree Farm – a family run, sustainable farm in Warrenton, VA. Farmers Jesse and Liz Straight raise pastured broiler chickens, laying hens, and turkeys; foraging pork; and 100% grass fed beef. No chemicals, no antibiotics. Non-GMO grains for the pigs and poultry, in addition to fresh pasture.

    We will be touring the farm and will also get to spend an hour with Jesse. He will share the business elements of running a sustainable farm in more detail. Come see how this local farm operates and thrives and learn about the changes taking place in our food system.

    TRANSPORTATION provided. Depart from and return to Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

    All students, faculty and staff welcome and encouraged to attend. REGISTER HERE




    Campus Clean Up - Fairfax

    8:30 am-10:30 am
    Facilities Administration Building, 4476-4598 Rivanna River Way, Fairfax, VA
    Facilities Administration Building, 4476-4598 Rivanna River Way, Fairfax, VA

    Students, Faculty, Staff, & Mason community join us for the annual Campus Clean Up @ Fairfax!

    Meet up at the Facilities Administration building at 8:30am to get supplies and assignments.

    *This is an Human Resources (HR) approved Volunteer Hours, but please check with your supervisor.

    **RAIN backup date: April 20 (same place and time, back up date in case of rain on April 18).

    Health and Science Fair

    11:00 am-2:00 pm
    4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030
    4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

    No additional details for this event.

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    EcoFest & LLC Block Party

    11:00 am-2:00 pm
    4505 Chesapeake Lane, Fairfax, VA
    4505 Chesapeake Lane, Fairfax, VA

    Come out to Mason’s 2018 EcoFest!

    An outdoor festival celebrating Earth Month and eco-living: watch artists chalk draw eco-themed art (and partake yourself in our community tree drawing*). Get info at the student and community projects and programs, check out Mason’s new bike check out program, join a ‘green’ RSO, bring lightly used clothes/ shoes to donate* to worthy causes and divert from end of year waste, or take your chances in our raffles and giveaways, etc.

    And it wouldn’t be a festival without FREE food, FREE fresh popcorn, FREE cotton candy made right in front of you, and FREE smoothies! As well as FREE samples (and free reusable cup giveaway*) from Mason Dining’s Sustainable Food Day and microgreen tasting from Mason’s organic Green House & Gardens! Don’t miss this #ZeroWasteEvent (event will be about ~98% compost & ~2% recycling)!

    Located in front of/ around Sandbridge Hall* (near Dunkin Donuts & Fenwick)

    Brought to you by Sustainable Mason & Mason LLCs. 

    *Items with asterisks count toward a Good Deeds Day sticker. We are working in conjunction with Good Deeds Day, so stop by our event for a few of your sticker items!

    Bike to Mason – Arlington

    3:00 pm-7:30 pm


    Join us at Bike to Mason Day on the Arlington Campus!

    Whether you bike to campus regularly or are contemplating starting to bike to campus, this event is open to everyone. Trek Bicycle of Arlington Clarendon will be on hand with their pop up tune-up station to conduct FREE bike checks. There will be food, information, giveaways, and more!

    For planning purposes, please register at Bike to Mason Days: Celebrate Transportation Choices.

    Information about Trek Bicycle of Arlington Clarendon at https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/retail/arlington_clarendon/


    Cowspiracy Film Screening

    6:30 pm-9:30 pm

    Hosted by Vegan Society

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    Pitch in on the Piedmont

    8:45 am-12:00 pm

    SciTech Campus Clean Up. Meet up at Freedom Aquatics Center.

    Bioswale Restoration on Science and Tech Campus

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    No additional details for this event.