Student ‘Green’ Groups
Sustainability focused student groups understand the importance and power of organization, recruitment, and cooperation to achieve lasting change on Mason’s campuses. The groups listed below are deeply involved with the Office of Sustainability through a wide variety of channels including Faculty Advising. Many of these groups’ members have become interns, volunteers, or supporters of our office and its mission. For a full list of student groups at Mason, check out Mason’s new Mason360 website to join in!
Green Patriots is a student organization focused on peer-to-peer outreach that is designed to support Mason’s Office of Sustainability and various campus sustainability initiatives. The organization’s objectives are to ensure that students receive hands-on experience in the field of sustainability, become active stakeholders in helping to reduce Mason’s environmental impact, develop valuable green-job skills, and get the opportunity to develop and manage exciting and innovative green projects. A Green Patriot is an environmental leader on campus who will work with the Office of Sustainability and other campus environmental organizations to encourage the following:
- Students in all academic disciplines to realize, advance and apply their education toward greening Mason
- Undergraduate student initiatives for campus and local community-level sustainability projects
- Facilitate partnerships between faculty, staff, students, and the community
George Mason Organic Garden Association (GOGA)
The George Mason Organic Garden Association was created to oversee the Potomac Heights Organic Vegetable Garden. Members of this group are dedicated to raising education, awareness, and participation in sustainable food and gardens at Mason. GOGA hosts gardening hours open to students at any experience level. Come join to learn about organic gardening, support the local food banks GOGA donates too, and taste fresh fruits and veggies. Also look out for GOGA’s major annual events, National Foods Day in the fall semester, the Seedling Sale and Sustainable Foods Day in the Spring. Find GOGA on Facebook or Mason360.
Campus Kitchens at GMU
The Campus Kitchen at George Mason University is GMU’s chapter of the national Campus Kitchens Project based in Washington D.C. This student led organization strives to relieve hunger and food waste in the local Fairfax community by recovering unused food from Mason’s dining halls and delivering it to nearby homeless shelters, etc. In the future Campus Kitchens at GMU is also attempting to address food insecurity through programs like Swipe Out Hunger. Find Campus Kitchens on Mason360.
The Amazon WaSH Project
The Amazon WaSH Project is made up of an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni led by School of Integrative Studies (SIS) professor Michael Gilmore. This group works with the Maijuna, an indigenous group of people in the Peruvian Amazon, to bring clean water as well as hygiene and sanitation education to the community. The project, called Amazon WaSH (wash, sanitation, and hygiene), focuses on the design and implementation of sustainable community based-development that is culturally sensitive and ethically responsible. For information contact Professor Gilmore or Find Amazon WaSH on Facebook.
Other students groups that have collaborated with the Office of Sustainability in the past on events, projects and volunteering including Agora, Alpha Kappa Chi (AKX), Beta Theta Tau, Mason Bird Club, Mason Environmental Justice Alliance (MEJA), Engineers for International Development, Roosevelt at Mason, STEAM Undergraduates for Renewable Energy (SURE), Upcycling Club, VSEC, and the Vegan Society to name a few.