The Patriot Green Fund (PGF) strives to foster an environment where Mason can flourish academically in part through practicing environmental, social, and economic stewardship. This fund seeks to fund tangible projects that have a high value in all three of these areas of sustainability.
The PGF empowers students by providing them with an unprecedented opportunity to lead and direct projects that will create positive change. To strengthen the Mason community, all Mason students, faculty, and staff may propose and/or participate in a PGF-supported project.
Patriot Green Fund Project Types
$80,000 of the fund is earmarked for facilities upgrades and other tangible environmental projects on Mason’s campuses. Some possible examples include solar and other on-campus renewable electricity generation, energy efficiency measures, alternative transportation infrastructure, and zero waste efforts. The Office of Sustainability and the Patriot Green Fund Committee will work with applicants to involve staff from Facilities and other administrative departments to ensure the greatest probability of success.
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. Research projects may help solve problems in any of Mason’s surrounding communities or the Metro D.C. region in general. These funds may cover the cost of supplies and lab equipment 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.
These projects benefit students by providing opportunities for unique, creative research and for developing skills and expertise through real-world research experience.