Commitments and Accomplishments

Mason’s commitment to sustainability is real and it is supported by public commitments and extensive accomplishments. Our public commitments began in 1996 when Mason’s President Johnson signed the Tallories Declaration (TD), “the first official statement made by university presidents, chancellors, and rectors of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education.” In 2007, Mason made another historic commitment and pledged to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050 as a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Mason continues to make progress towards a sustainable future with an extensive number of accomplishments – in 2014 we were the first university in the state of Virginia to earn a Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS)

We invite you to reflect on Mason’s sustainability successes by reviewing our key commitments and accomplishments.

1990-1999

  • 1996Mason signs the 1990 Talloires Declaration (TD): the first official statement made by university presidents, chancellors, and rectors of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education. The Talloires Declaration (TD) is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.” 

2000-2009

2010-Present