Sustainability Calendar

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  • Grafting Workshop
    2:30 pm-3:30 pm
    05/02/19

    Learn about and gain hands-on experience with grafting on fruit trees! Grafting is a way of doing surgery with plants, by adding branches of a certain fruit variety to existing trees. Join the Office of Sustainability staff to graft apple scions, or branches, to the crab apple trees in the Innovation Food Forest. We are turning the inedible, decorative crab apples trees into edible apple trees that will have multiple apple varieties on one tree!

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  • Patriot Pack Out 2019
    All day
    05/13/19-05/20/19

    The university community is invited to help Mason reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills as a result of the academic year move-out process by volunteering for the 12th Anniversary of Patriot Pack Out! This year, donations will go to the Mason Food Pantry and other local non-profits.

    We are seeking volunteer teams comprised of 5 members of students, staff, and/or faculty. Teams will collect goods from donation sites and place them curbside for collection by Mason Recycling and Waste Management.

    Two-hour collection routes begin at 9 a.m. and noon, during weekdays and staff may use up to two hours of volunteer service hours. Help is needed from May 13th – 20th.

    Will post the sign-up for that event soon.

     

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  • Galileo’s Science Cafe: Our New View of Outer Solar System
    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    05/16/19

    10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA

    10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA

    Hear about the latest findings surrounding hot topics in science and medicine that affect our everyday lives and the decisions that we make! Bring your family and friends for a free, casual, interactive science discussion. Learn from the experts and speak with them. Please RSVP.

    May 16: The NASA/New Horizons Flyby of Dwarf Ice Planet 2014MU69 (Ultima Thule): Our New View of the Outer Solar System with Dr. Michael Summers

    he NASA/New Horizons flyby of Pluto in July 2015 surprised the entire planetary by how complex that planet proved to be – with vast glaciers, plains of thick organic materials, a complex atmosphere, and hints of a subsurface ocean of liquid water.  And yet there are 100,000 additional Kuiper Belt Objects in this belt that circles the outer solar system, of which Pluto is just one example.  On January 1, 2019 the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by a second Kuiper Belt Object that is about 1 billion miles beyond Pluto.  This second object, informally named Ultima Thule, is very different from Pluto.  It is small, perhaps less than 50 kilometers in diameter, and appears to be much darker than Pluto.  It is also non-spherical, and might even have the shape of a dumbbell. Ultima Thule is considered to be debris left over from the formation of our solar system over 4.56 billion years ago, and this debris may contain clues to how planets first formed around our sun.  The New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule is thus a probe into the distant past of the solar system, and no doubt it too has surprises in store for us.

     

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