The Office of Sustainability (OoS) & the Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE) are pleased to announce the theme for this year’s Earth Month: “Mason Patriots for our Planet.” In addition, we’re partnering with EARTHDAY.ORG — the organization behind the global observance of Earth Day — for the second year in a row!

In April, the Mason Nation hosts many programs, events, and initiatives to celebrate Earth Month and exemplify our university’s commitment to a just and sustainable future for all. OoS and ISE are working together throughout Earth Month to encourage Mason Patriots to make an impact!

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April 2021

Patriots Activities Council (PAC) presents Everything Must Go!

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Northern Neck, 4401 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030 United States

Everything MUST Go! Patriot Activities Council has so many giveaways and fun items stocked up, and they must get rid of them! Collect limited editions. Prevent items from going to landfills. Register on Mason 360. 

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Business for a Better World’s Stakeholder Roundtable Series with Seth Goldman

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Business for a Better World's Stakeholder Roundtable Series intent is to drive stakeholder capitalism further into the mainstream and change the trajectory of corporations. As part of this series, Seth Goldman will be the featured guest on Thursday, April 29, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Goldman is the Founder of Eat the Change®, a platform to inform and empower consumers to make dietary choices aligned with their concerns around climate and health. Goldman is also the Co-founder of Honest Tea and Chair of the board of Beyond Meat.

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The Business for a Better World Center & the Center for Retail Entrepreneurship present ‘A History of Zoning and Segregation in Virginia: Lessons for Today’

April 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Join the Business for a Better World Center and the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship of George Mason University's School of Business to discuss the historic roots of housing inequities and the opportunities for change, based on the recent “Zoning and Segregation in Virginia” report from a leading law firm in our area, McGuire Woods.

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The Institute for a Sustainable Earth’s Research to Action Webinar Series presents Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions to Support Thriving Economies

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

George Mason University’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth and the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution are co-hosting this webinar on Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions for Thriving Economies. Speakers from AI for Peace, Peace Direct, School of Integrative Studies, and the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution will highlight research and action that shed light on the institutional frameworks and inclusive decision-making and participatory processes required for fostering representative, responsive, and inclusive societies and strong economies.

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Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop with the Greenhouse & Gardens Program

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Innovation Food Forest at George Mason University, Innovation Hall at George Mason University
4400 University Drive, VA 22030 United States
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Take part of one fruit tree and add it to a different fruit tree -- tree surgery! Or as it's more properly known: tree grafting. Join Hala Elbarmil, Greenhouse & Gardens Coordinator, and Doni Nolan, Greenhouse & Gardens Program Manager, for a hands-on seminar to learn how to graft several kinds of fruit trees such as cherry, peach, plum, persimmon, and apple. Once the seminar ends, you'll be a skilled "tree surgeon!"

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Inspired? We are, so come join us to make an impact at Mason.

Volunteer or intern with the Office of Sustainability’s Greenhouse & Gardens program to learn about sustainable food production, help decrease Mason’s environmental impact with the ‘Green Residence‘ program from Campus Efficiencies, enroll in a ‘Green Leaf‘ course or program, or earn grant funding from the Patriot Green Fund.

Connect with the Institute for a Sustainable Earth. Join students, staff, and faculty in 17 Rooms U, a new initiative jointly led by ISE & the Business for a Better World Center to engage and actualize the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) university-wide.

Fun fact: Mason was the first public institution in the state of Virginia to earn AASHE STARS Gold in 2014, and the Princeton Review, the Sierra Club, and others recognize our achievements. Read why we command their attention.

Join thousands of sustainability supporters and never miss out on everything you need to know by engaging with the Office of Sustainability @GreenGMU on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube, and the Institute for a Sustainable Earth @GeorgeMasonISE on Twitter. @ us to show us some love and use #GreenGMU to showcase your sustainable impact!

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