Green Game

Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

In 2014 when George Mason University joined the Atlantic 10 Conference, Mason also launched its first annual Green Game. The Green Game happens every spring during a men’s basketball game at home. Volunteers from the Green Patriots student group, the Environment & Sustainability Living and Learning Community (LLC), and others help fans sort their waste into the proper stations: recycling bins, composting bins and garbage bins.

Afterwards, the volunteers weigh the amount of recycling, composting and trash and submit the results as part of a nationwide RecycleMania competition. The goal is to produce as little landfill or incinerator waste as possible.  Mason diverted 50% of its waste in the first year and has reached between an 80% to 91% diversion rate each year since that first game.  Our hope is that the Green Game builds on Mason’s sustainability culture and its environmental awareness around campus. Keep a look out for volunteer opportunities and join us at the next Green Game!

Check out our year by year results for recycling and waste diversion:

2017 Green Game: Mason ranks in top 15 nationwide