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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Sustainability Research + Innovation 2021 presents ‘SRI Talk: Advocating Knowledge-to-Action’

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

SRI Talk: Advocating Knowledge-to-Action
April 21 | 1pm EDT

Sign up for the next free live virtual event in the popular SRI Talks series as a high-level expert panel discusses advancing sustainability science through knowledge co-design.

There are significant global sustainability challenges that humans face, and scientists around the world are tirelessly exploring solutions and responses to the most pressing global issues.

Often, however, the true challenge lies in translating scientific knowledge into decision-making and practice that adds up to outcomes at a global level.

  • How can we ensure that the actions we take and the decisions we make are informed by the latest research, or by the deepest traditional knowledge?
  • How can we help researchers and innovators make their knowledge and expertise available and accessible to decision-makers at all levels of government and in all sectors of society?
  • What mechanisms can we develop and use to co-produce quicker, better decisions in the face of accelerating global change?

These questions are fundamental as the world emerges from the pandemic, and building a resilient social-ecological system is more important than ever.

This SRI Talk theme, Advocating Knowledge-to-Action, is one of the five Congress Pillars of the Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021) which will take place June 12-15, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia.

This free, 90-minute event will be live-streamed through the SRI2021 virtual platform, including a moderated discussion and live audience Q&A.


April 21
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Sustainability Research + Innovation

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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