PGF Project Types

Students work in the Environmental Science and Policy Greenhouse. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/GMU

Patriot Green Fund Project Types

Any student, faculty, or staff member may apply for funds to support a sustainability project. Please see Apply for Funds or the new Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about the type of projects that will be supported by the PGF. The PGF will award funding to projects in two distinct categories:

Infrastructure improvements: $80,000 of the fund is earmarked for facilities upgrades and other tangible environmental projects on campus. Some possible examples include solar and other on-campus renewable electricity generation, energy efficiency measures, alternative transportation infrastructure, increased composting and/or recycling, and building a biodiesel production facility. The Office of Sustainability and the Patriot Green Fund Committee will work with applicant to involve staff from Facilities and other administrative departments to ensure the greatest probability of success.

Student research: The scholarship portion of the fund, up to $20,000 per year, will fund research-oriented projects proposed by Mason students under the supervision of a Mason faculty member. These funds may cover the cost of supplies, lab equipment, and the student’s time to develop the project. If materials/equipment for the project is significantly expensive (valued over $100.00), students may be required to return the equipment at the end of their project’s completion date to the PGF Committee if there is no academic unit willing to store or use the equipment. Applicants will be notified by the PGF Committee during the application process if material must be returned. *
The research projects will answer questions, such as:

  • How could the ecological footprint of a certain campus building or activity be reduced?
  • Can competitions between residence halls result in sizable and lasting changes in energy conservation behavior among residents?
  • Is conversion of a [university] vehicle to vegetable oil-power or all-electric power a feasible “Do it Yourself” endeavor?

* Funding for student wages or travel (you must choose one or the other) may not exceed $500.00 per project, though the likelihood of receiving this funding is not guaranteed. To receive funding for wages, recipients must submit a time sheet, and they will be paid at the completion of the project.

These projects benefit students by providing opportunities for unique, creative research and for developing skills and expertise through real-world research experience.