PGF Recipients

Projects By Year


PGF Recipients

Since its inception in 2011, the PGF has sponsored over 50 projects that span across sustainability research topics and innovative campus infrastructure projects. The fund has lead to the creation of community gardens, water bottle refill stations, campus composting, and much more!

Project Title Funding YearProject Leader(s)Award Amount Project PlaceStatus
Mason Sun Tracker2018/2019L. Huang$2,000Infrastructure: Design and build a construct that sustains a self-sufficient device charging station that will contain a solar panel that can autonomously position itself to orthogonally face the sun. Fairfax CampusIn progress
Smoking Urns2018/2019D. Sklarew$2,168Infrastructure: Signage for smoking urns at the Johnson CenterFairfax CampusCompleted
Microorganisms as Biological Indicators2018/2019J. Salerno, B. Van Aken$4,250Research: Evaluation of the use of aquatic communities as bioindicators of aquatic habitat quality in the Potomac River.Potomac Science CenterIn progress
Ecological Impacts of Microplastics 2018/2019G. Foster$5,468Research: Study of microplastics as micropollutants in the Potomac watershed. Potomac Science CenterIn progress
Assessment of Building Envelope2018/2019R. Gallo$7,500Research: Project continued with progress from previous year. Development of software that interprets thermal images to determine the energy loss of various building materials. *Mechanical Engineering senior capstone project.Fairfax CampusCompleted
Waste Diversion Measurements2018/2019R. Gallo$7,500Research: Sensor package capable of transmitting waste data from campus containers to Facilities Management. *Mechanical Engineering senior capstone project.Fairfax CampusCompleted
Rain Barrel Repair2018/2019D. Sklarew$185Infrastructure: Restoration of existing rain barrel at the Potomac Heights vegetable garden. Fairfax CampusIn progress
Crushed Glass Filtration2018/2019 A. Close$300Research: Examine how a crushed glass filter compares to a traditional sand filter that is used in wastewater treatment. Fairfax CampusIn progress
Campus Turf Improvements/Testing 2018/2019A. Wingfield, D. Nolan$350Research: Determine a mixture of turf grass varieties/cultivators that can be grown organically and maintain the same level of growth and appearance of current campus turf. Fairfax CampusIn progress
Bike Rental Pilot2017/2018J. Walker, A. Saxton $1,000Infrastructure: Rehabilitate the former Patriot Bikeshare bikes to initiate a free bikeshare program in partnership with Mason Recreation.
Fairfax CampusCompleted. Bicycles can be rented at the RAC.
Bioretention Swales (Vegetation) Improvement on Science and Tech Campus 2017/2018Dr. J. Xu, B. Claudio Cruz, A. Izquierdo$1,400Infrastructure: Educate and improve function of Bioretention swale facilities and the aesthetic view of the campus. Science and Technology CampusCompleted
Repurposing Abandoned Bikes at Mason2017/2018J. Walker, A. Saxton $2,250Infrastructure: Rehabilitate abandoned bikes at Mason and, once refurbished and branded, use them to pilot a semester-long bike rental program. Fairfax CampusCompleted
Sustaining Wildlife at Potomac Science Center 2017/2018Dr. C. Smith, A. Palmer $4,744Infrastructure: Raise awareness of native wildlife species to create citizen science data collection opportunities and to demonstrate how positive human actions impact wildlife on Mason campuses.Potomac Science CenterIn progress
Assessment of Building Envelope2017/2018R. Gallo$7,500Infrastructure: Sensor package and delivery system for assessing thermal loss in buildingsFairfax and Science and Technology campusCompleted
Storm Drain Non-Destruction Inspection2017/2018R. Gallo$7,500Infrastructure: Sensor package and delivery system for storm drainsFairfax CampusCompleted. See articles about Thunder Rats project.
SDI VibeCore-Mini Sediment Corer 2017/2018E. Lang, Dr. G. Foster $8,315Research: 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.Potomac Science CenterCompleted
Food-Web Impacts of Pharmaceutical & Personal Care Products PEREC2017/2018Dr. G. Foster, Dr. T. Huff$9,000Research: Identifying and collecting representative organisms in three areas of the Potomac River.Potomac Science CenterCompleted
Water Bottle Refill Stations2017/2018M. Lo, L. Buraczynski $10,674Infrastructure: 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.Arlington and Fairfax campusesCompleted
Micro hydroturbines2017/2018J. Sklarew, C. Reagle, N. Moravitz$15,700Infrastructure: renewable power generation from stormwater runoffFairfax CampusIn progress
Nguyen Recycling Centers 2017/2018M. Lo, M. Liang$29,000Infrastructure: Increase recycling infrastructure in the Engineering building Fairfax CampusCompleted
Piedmont Rain Garden Restoration 2017/2018E. Watkins, A.Wingfield, D. Nolan$998Infrastructure: Add plants to improve stormwater benefits at the Piedmont Rain Garden. Fairfax CampusCompleted
3D Filament 2016/2017A. Roberts and J. Recktenwald$2,100Infrastructure: Create a machine that takes plastic water bottles and recycles them into 3D printing filamentFairfax Campus In progress
River Ecotoxicology2016/2017A. Fowler, K. de Mutsert$12,000Research: Analysis of Potomac River Potomac Science CenterCompleted
Applications of Drones to Conduct Stream and Marsh Physical Assessments2016/2017C.Ferreira and S. Zahirieh$500Research: Use drones as a method for conducting physical assessments of bodies of water with more efficiency than current methods. Fairfax Campus Completed
The Child Development Center (CDC) Garden Revitalization2016/2017S. Kulok$960Infrastructure: Revitalize the garden in order to educate children and utilize nature as a learning platform. Fairfax Campus Completed
Organic Turf Pilot2015/2016J. Storvick$5,000Infrastructure: Pilot organic turf managementFairfax Campus In progress at Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden
Smoking Urn Pilot2015/2016J. Walker and B. Ericson$6,500Infrastructure: Smoking urns and 25' signageFairfax Campus Completed
Green Roof Research2015/2016P. Houser$20,000Research: Green roof elementsFairfax Campus Completed
Fairfax-Area Household Canvassing as a Climate Change Communication Strategy2015/2016C. Clarke$500ResearchFairfax Campus Completed
Climate Control Analytics2015/2016A. O'Connor$832Research: HVAC toolFairfax Campus Completed
Water bottle refill stations2014/2015E. Wichers and others$6,000 Infrastructure: Retro-fit and new water fountains for reusable bottlesFairfax Campus Continues today. Most buildings have at least 1 water bottle refill station.
Instruments in the Attic 2014/2015M. Geske$10,000Infrastructure: Re-use of musical instrumentsFairfax Campus Completed
Methane Bio-digester2014/2015C. Reagle, J. Bynum$12,000Research: Food waste to energyFairfax Campus Discontinued due to technical issues
Wetland Restoration at Huntley Meadows Park2013/2014C. Ahn$1,000Research
Identifying Chyrtridiomycosis in Amphibian Populations2013/2014K. Curtain$1,000Research
Campus Community Garden2013/2014C. Campbell$3,000Infrastructure: create a campus gardenPrince William CampusContinues today
Campus Community Garden2013/2014E. Dupuis$15,000Infrastructure: Create a fee-based community gardenFairfax CampusContinues today behind Potomac Heights
Eco-mow2013/2014J. Force$17,000Research: biomass powered lawn mowerFairfax CampusContinues today, doing business as Iron Goat Tech
BioFilter Installation2013/2014S. Hess, B. Gladfelter$20,000Infrastructure: Installation of biofilter for stormwater management in parking areaFairfax CampusDiscontinued due to regulatory environment but a separate project installed one by Shenandoah Parking Deck in 2017
Patriots Initiating Kinetic Energy2013/2014M. Ahmed$20,000Infrastructure: Kinetic energy bikes in gymFairfax CampusDiscontinued due to equipment challenges
Green Patriots Reforestation2013/2014C. Harris$21,000Infrastructure: Reforestation of impacted spaceFairfax CampusContinues today in front of Rappahannock Parking Deck
Solar Concentrator2012/2013P. Pachowicz$1,000Research: concentrated solarFairfax Campus
Aquaponics Solar Garden 2012/2013A. Cadien$1,100Research: aquaponics tankFairfax Campus
eWaste collection2012/2013K. Hopper$4,500Infrastructure: electronic waste collection binsFairfax CampusContinues today, located in Johnson Center
Solar Charging Station2012/2013G. Manno$12,000Infrastructure: Purchase a solar charging stationFairfax CampusContinues today in front of Manhattan Pizza at Merten Hall
Solar Charging Station2012/2013S. Stein$12,000Infrastructure: Engineering students build a solar charging stationFairfax CampusContinues today in front of Panda Express at Merten Hall
Innovation Food Forest2012/2013E. Torrens$27,000 Infrastructure: create edible, permaculture gardenFairfax CampusContinues today next to Innovation Hall
Increasing Local Food on Mason's Campus2011/2012C. Boules$1,600ResearchFairfax Campus
Educational Rain Garden2011/2012S. Remer, L. Roe$3,000Infrastructure: Student design and installation of rain gardenFairfax CampusContinues today, located in front of Piedmont and Tidewater residence halls
Mini Trash Bins2011/2012M. Aziz$4,500Research: Mini-trash bins and recycling pilot in University HallFairfax CampusDiscontinued after pilot
Mason Apiary2011/2012K. Curtis$5,000Infrastructure: Beehives on campusFairfax CampusContinues today, located near Aquatics Fitness Center
Community Garden2011/2012C. Shotwell$6,000Infrastructure: Campus garden at Prince William campusFairfax CampusContinues today
Climate Messaging in Residence Halls2011/2012S. Keltner$6,000Research: Climate messaging in various residence hallsFairfax Campus
Recycling Centers2011/2012D Wyman, J. Biedel$17,750Infrastructure: Multi-stream recycling centersFairfax CampusContinues today, located in several locations such as Johnson Center, Student centers, Merten Hall, Founders Hall
External Recycling Bins for Residence Halls2011/2012D. Waxman$25,000Infrastructure: Exterior Recycling Collection BinsFairfax CampusContinues today
Patriot Bike Share2011/2012T. Orton$36,000Infrastructure: bike share programFairfax CampusDiscontinued due to vendor challenges