Green Game


Upcoming Game, Wednesday, March 4th, 2020!

Doors open at 6:00pm, Tip-off at 7:00pm. Come early (while supplies last) to get your FREE reusable bag, and help Mason “Say NO to single-use plastics!”

CLICK HERE to volunteer from 8:15-11:15pm at our post game waste audit, as we push to achieve zero-waste status for this event again (over 90+% diverted from trash)!

Green Game earns national honors:

The results are in: Mason’s 2018 Green Game got 3rd place nationally in the two main categories, “per capita recycling” and “% of waste diverted,” for RecycleMania’s GameDay Basketball Competition! See full results here:

Not only did we reach our zero-waste goal with 91.2% diverted, our diversion numbers took us to a Top 3 spot in the RecycleMania’s nationwide competition behind only:


  •  #1 Ohio University (97%)
  •  #2 University of California, Berkeley (92.7%)
  •  #3 George Mason University (91.2%)

Per Capita Recycling (in lbs):

  • #1 Loyola Marymount University (.41)
  • #2 Rutgers (.409)
  • #3 George Mason University (.322)


GameDay Basketball Competition:

Since 2014, when George Mason University joined the Atlantic 10 Conference, Mason has held an annual ‘Green Game.’ This game serves as our entry into RecycleMania’s national GameDay Basketball competition, and is an exciting collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, Mason Athletics, Sodexo, Mason Recycling and Waste Management, and EagleBank Arena. Our goal every year is to hit the ‘zero-waste’ mark, which means that 90+ percent of waste is diverted from trash to composting and recycling.

We would not be able to achieve our zero-waste goal without that collaboration (which includes the purchasing of compostable food containers, cups, and utensils for arena concessions), or the dedicated staff and more than 60 student and community volunteers who come out every year. These volunteers guide fans throughout the game on which bins to use then help us with the final sort and weigh of the night to reduce waste as much as possible.

Our hope is that the Green Game builds on Mason’s sustainability culture and its environmental awareness around campus, shows all involved the hard work that Mason Recycling and Waste Management does around campus, and that composting is a viable option and an essential part of our waste stream strategy. Keep a look out for volunteer opportunities and join us at the next Green Game!

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

  • 2018 and 2015 Green Games: Mason ranks in Top 3 nationwide
  • 2017 and 2016 Green Games: Mason ranks in Top 15 nationwide