Green Game

GREEN GAME

Mason Madness 2021 at EagleBank Arena, featuring Mason's Basketball teams, the Green Machine, Ubranknowlogy 101, Lights Out!, the Mason Step Team and the Masonettes. Photo by: Sierra Guard/Creative Services/George Mason University

University Sustainability has hosted an annual ‘Green Game’ every year since 2014, the same year George Mason University joined the Atlantic 10 Conference, except for 2021 (due to COVID-19). The game is our official entry into the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Race to Zero Waste GameDay: Basketball competition.

Green Game aspires to make a basketball game a ‘zero waste game,’ which means 90% or more of all waste is diverted from the trash through green purchasing, composting, or recycling. We work with Mason Athletics, Mason Dining (Sodexo), Mason Recycling and Waste Management, EagleBank Arena folks, and volunteers to achieve our zero waste goal!  

Learn about volunteering at the next Green Game!

Dozens of volunteers support the efforts of our partners. Volunteers help set up waste disposal locations, provide at-the-bin education, and perform a waste audit at the end of the Green Game. The waste audit provides the University Sustainability team with real-time data about waste behaviors, helping us make operational and logistical decisions to improve Mason’s overall sustainability.

Green Game is a university-wide effort that grows Mason’s culture of sustainability, enhances environmental awareness, showcases the hard work of Facilities’ Recycling and Waste Management and EagleBank Arena’s housekeeping and maintenance staff, and highlights how composting is an essential part of University Sustainability’s institutional zero waste strategy. 

 

GREEN GAME IMPACT

Green Game is a visible example of the innovative zero waste strategies developed by the Mason Sustainability Council’s Circular Economy and Zero Waste Task Force. The effectiveness and impact of Mason’s single-use plastics and polystyrene ban and ongoing phase-out of unsustainable items is on full display at the Green Game.  

Nearly every item offered by concessions is either recyclable or compostable! Compost bins are stationed throughout EagleBank Arena during the Green Game. After the game ends, the compostables are hauled by Compost Crew to FreeState Farms where they are industrially composted after the game.  

Each year, a sustainable giveaway item is offered to a specific number of Green Game attendees, typically in partnership between Mason Athletics and University Sustainability. The sustainable giveaway supports the Mason Sustainability Council’s Circular Economy and Zero Waste Task Force’s ‘Buy Less, Buy Better’ strategy, encouraging the purchase of fewer and more sustainable giveaway items. 

 

GREEN GAME 2023 

The 2023 Green Game is scheduled for January 25, 2023, when the George Mason Patriots Women’s Basketball team plays against the University of Rhode Island. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.

The first 1,000 attendees will receive a one-of-a-kind stainless steel metal cup featuring a custom design! This year’s sustainable giveaway was made possible by generous funding provided by Mason Athletics and University Sustainability.  

You can be a part of this year’s Green Game and help us achieve our zero waste goal! 

 

VOLUNTEER at GREEN GAME 2023
Student Volunteers at Green Game 2020 at EagleBank Arena. Photo by Emma Gregory/University Sustainability/George Mason University

Earn free admission to the Green Game and a meal voucher (value equivalent to $10) for redemption only at this year’s Green Game at George’s Bistro or Dip ‘n Dots.

All Mason students, faculty, staff, and alums along with non-Mason-affiliated members of the public are encouraged to volunteer with us! 

Green Game Pre-Game Set-Up (Shift #1) on January 24 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

  • Assist with Green Game set-up before the game. 
  • Register for this shift before 12 p.m on January 24!  

Green Game In-Game Monitoring (Shift #2) on January 25 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

  • Assist with final set-up, distribute the sustainable giveaway item, and monitor waste stations during the game.  
  • Register for this shift before 12 p.m on January 25!

Green Game Post-Game Waste Audit (Shift #3) on January 25 from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. 

  • Help collect, sort, and weigh waste during the waste audit after the game. 
  • Register for this shift before 12 p.m on January 25! 

 

Join dozens of volunteers and the University Sustainability team – sign up to volunteer now! You can select the shift(s) you want to volunteer for by browsing the Event Calendar or by selecting the Green Game 2023 from the Event List.  

If you don’t already have an account on our Sustainable Sign Ups Volunteer Portal, you can create a free account and then sign up for the shift(s) you would like to volunteer. We encourage Mason-affiliated folks to create their account with their @gmu.edu email address. 

Student Volunteers:  

  • Mason students will earn service-learning and volunteer hours, a requirement for some courses, for all volunteer hours completed during Green Game 2023. We can provide proof to instructors, per request.  

Mason employees whose regular work hours do occur during Green Game’s volunteer opportunities:  

  • Employees are encouraged to engage their supervisor and receive approval to temporarily adjust their daily work to be inclusive of one or multiple volunteer opportunities at the Green Game. This adjustment is similar to the way employees volunteer during regular work hours to support other large events at Mason. Employees may also engage with their supervisor and receive approval to use School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave, for those who are eligible for this leave type. For additional information, visit the School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave website or email engagehr@gmu.edu.

Mason employees whose regular work hours do not occur during the Green Game’s volunteer opportunities:  

  • Employees are encouraged to engage their supervisor and receive approval to temporarily adjust their work hours to be inclusive of one or multiple volunteer opportunities at the Green Game. This adjustment is similar to the way employees volunteer at Mason’s Commencement and Degree Celebrations. 

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