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!


What You Can Do…Get Involved!

Your Footprint

What is your personal environmental impact? How many resources does it take to support your current lifestyle?

Fast Facts

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.

Facilities FAQ

Our office manages the Facilities FAQ containing the most frequently asked questions about Energy and Building, Gardens and Landscape, Recycling and Waste Management, Stormwater, Sustainable Food and Mason Dining, and Transportation. Please go here to view the resources page.

For all other Facilities related questions please email facilq@gmu.edu.

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  • 10:00 am-2:00 pm

    4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

    4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

    Get your bike ready for spring! Join Velofix of Northern Virginia for a FREE bike check. No need to register, just drop by with your bike.

    Information about Velofix’s mobile bike shop at https://www.velofix.com/locations/northern-va/


  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

    4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

    4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030


    Bicycling to campus can be fun and great for your well-being. Research indicates that those who bike to work are the happiest with their commute.

    On Thursday, April 5, join Rick Holt from Human Resources and Payroll (a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor) and Bethany Usher, associate provost for undergraduate education and part-time bike commuter, for Bicycle Commuting 101 in Merten Hall, Rm 1204.

    Rick and Bethany will share information to help you feel more confident about getting to campus on two wheels. The session will cover basic bicycling information, such as bicycle selection, fit, inspection, gearing, cadence, clothing, accessories, and routes to campus. Mason Transportation will share information about bike resources during the session.

    Sponsored by Mason Transportation and Human Resources and Payroll, the training is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

    Register online. For questions, contact transpo@gmu.edu or 703-993-2828.


    Image designed by Photoroyalty / Freepik

  • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Hosted by Roosevelt@Mason. Johnson Center room C. Food will be provided.

  • All day

    Have an idea to make Mason greener or more efficient? Submit for funding from the Patriot Green Fund! Any student, faculty, or staff member may apply for funds to support a sustainability project. Please see Apply for Funds or the new Frequently Asked Questions page for details about the type of projects that are supported by the PGF.

  • 9:00 am-2:30 pm

    4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

    4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

    Join us at the 2018 SEAS event, Environmental Action Showcase!

    The event is held in partnership with George Mason University’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) and with Earth Force, which annually hosts the Virginia Caring for Our Watersheds competition as part of the event. Also the Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech, affording students an opportunity to tackle environmental problems using programming and sensors. Each year SEAS also features an eco-art event. There will also be hands-on green STEAM activities, the return of the recycled mascot competition, and more!  However, we can’t put on this event without your help. Interested sponsors can contact showcase@novaoutside.org

    Registration is now open: REGISTER HERE

    Students can participate by entering:

    • General Showcase (grades K-12) – bring a 5-8 students with a tri-fold display highlighting the environmental stewardship efforts at your school.

    • Recycled Mascot Challenge (grades K-12) – create your school’s mascot out of recycled products for exhibit at SEAS – see the Recycled Mascot Challenge Guidelines.

    Caring for Our Watersheds (grades 6-8) – Earth Force hosts this competition that asks students what they can do to improve their watershed.

    Eco-Partners can sign up to lead an activity for student groups at the partner village (outdoor tent area).  Details to come soon!

    Volunteers and Sponsors for the event are appreciated. Please contact showcase@novaoutside.org if interested.

    Questions? Contact showcase@novaoutside.org

  • 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Did you know the Innovation Food Forest has many medicinal and edible plants that are available for anyone to harvest and enjoy? Learn where to find these beneficial and delicious plants in the garden, and also how to properly harvest and use them for your benefit. Medicinal herbs like mint and bee balm are great to cure headaches, for example! Try our first ever scavenger hunt to locate these plants. The first 12 people to finish the scavenger hunt with receive a prize of either a catnip or mint plant. Take the potted plant home and water it weekly for your own supply of medicinal herbs that can last a lifetime!

    This event was created by two students from Dr. Dann’s Sustainability in Action course, EVPP 480, Melissa and Helenka.

      • Date: April 11
      • Time: 1-3pm
      • Place: Innovation Food Forest
      • Brief Full Description:
        • Come join us for some lighthearted fun in our very own Food Forest! We will be having a scavenger hunt with potted catnip and mint as prizes
      • Selling words
        • Free
        • Prize
        • Win a free Catnip or Mint plant for the first 12 people to finish the scavenger hunt
  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

    4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

    We are pleased to announce that George Mason University is hosting an Appreciative Inquiry Summit on April 13, 2018 as part of the university’s commitment to advancing our strategic plan. The focus on this gathering is, “Building an inclusive university for the world where you matter and thrive.” The summit will be held on April 13, 2018 from 9am-5pm in Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, on the Fairfax Campus. Our vision is to bring the entire university community into the conversation with the goal of building, strengthening, and sustaining a Mason culture around diversity, inclusion, and well-being.



  • 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

    No additional details for this event.

  • 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.

  • 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!


  • 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!


  • 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

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

  • 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




  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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/


  • 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

    Hosted by Vegan Society

  • 12:30 pm-3:00 pm

    Join us in the JC East Plaza to purchase hardy seedlings (cash only), as well as to get information on Mason’s Greenhouse & Gardens, gardening in general, and how to join GOGA!

  • 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Merten Hall room 3300, Fairfax Campus

    Merten Hall room 3300, Fairfax Campus

    No additional details for this event.

  • All day

    10890 George Mason Cir, Manassas, VA 20109

    10890 George Mason Cir, Manassas, VA 20109

    Join Parking and Transportation as we celebrate the multiple ways to connect to school and work at Mason. Biking, shuttles, carpooling, vanpooling, and virtual opportunities will be highlighted. There will be food, information, giveaways and more! Fair participants include:
  • 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Student facilitated conversation about climate change partnering with the S-CAR with questions contributed from student organizations including MWHO (Mason World Health Organization), GMU SURE (Sustainable Undergraduates for Renewable Energy), GMU Democrats, VSEC (Virginia Student Environmental Coalition), Green Patriots, and Roosevelt@Mason. Food provided.

  • 12:30 pm-3:00 pm

    Join us in the JC East Plaza to purchase hardy seedlings (cash only), as well as to get information on Mason’s Greenhouse & Gardens, gardening in general, and how to join GOGA!