2018 Projects

In the Spring semester of 2018, PGF funded projects included the addition of Nguyen Recycling Centers, Bike Rental Pilot and Bioretention Swales (Vegetation) Improvement on Science and Technology Campus. The Nguyen Recycling Centers project aimed to increase recycling infrastructure in the Engineering building and as a result, make recycling more convenient; thus, increase our recycling rate at Mason. The Bike Rental Pilot project’s goal is to rehabilitate the former Patriot Bikeshare bikes to initiate a free bikeshare program in partnership with Mason Recreation. The purpose of the Bioretention Swales (Vegetation) Improvement project is intended to improve the actual functions of these Bioretention swale facilities and the aesthetic view of the campus as well to teach various student groups about the vegetation component and its functions for the facilities. For more on these and other projects funded please see below.

Project Title Project Leader(s)Award Amount Project PlaceStatus
Bike Rental PilotJ. Walker, A. Saxton $1,000The project aims to rehabilitate the former Patriot Bikeshare bikes to initiate a free bikeshare program in partnership with Mason Recreation.
George Mason University (GMU) Fairfax campusIn progress
Nguyen Recycling Centers M. Lo, M. Liang$29,000The project aims to increase recycling infrastructure in the Engineering building and as a result, make recycling more convenient; thus increase our recycling rate at Mason. George Mason University (GMU) Fairfax campusIn progress
Food-Web Impacts of Pharmaceutical & Personal Care Products PERECDr. G. Foster, Dr. T. Huff$9,000Aquatic ecologists and fisheries biologists from the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) will assist the students in identifying and collecting representative organisms in three areas of the Potomac River.George Mason University (GMU) Fairfax campusIn progress
Bioretention Swales (Vegetation) Improvement on Science and Tech Campus Dr. J. Xu, B. Claudio Cruz, A. Izquierdo$1,400The purpose of the project is to improve the actual functions of these Bioretention swale facilities and the aesthetic view of the campus as well to teach various student groups about the vegetation component and its functions for the facilities.George Mason University (GMU) Fairfax campusCompleted
SDI VibeCore-Mini Sediment Corer E. Lang, Dr. G. Foster $8,315The purpose of this study is to collect and analyze tidal Potomac River marsh sediments for the presence, concentrations and depth profiles of various pesticides that have both urban and agricultural uses, ranging from recent to historical applications over the past nine decades.George Mason University (GMU) Fairfax campusIn progress
Repurposing Abandoned Bikes at MasonJ. Walker, A. Saxton $2,250This project aims to rehabilitate abandoned bikes at Mason and, once refurbished and branded, use them to pilot a semester-long bike rental program.
George Mason University (GMU) Fairfax campusIn progress
Water Bottle Refill StationsM. Lo, L. Buraczynski $10,674The purpose of this project is to increase the availability of water bottle refill stations while decreasing the amount of waste generated by plastic water bottles on Mason's Fairfax and Arlington campuses.George Mason University (GMU) Fairfax and Arlington campusesIn progress
Piedmont Rain Garden Restoration E. Watkins, A.Wingfield, D. Nolan$998Piedmont Rain Garden Restoration project aims to help the native plants thrive and be a more effectively filter for the stormwater that falls from the roof of the building, in addition to making the campus more beautiful.George Mason University (GMU) Fairfax campusCompleted
Sustaining Wildlife at Potomac Science Center Dr. C. Smith, A. Palmer $4,744The project aims to raise awareness of native wildlife species at the Potomac Science Center (PSC), to create citizen science data collection opportunities, and to demonstrate how positive human actions impact wildlife on Mason campuses.Potomac Science CenterIn progress