The goal of Sustainability Studies at Mason is to foster learning that advances the state of understanding and practice of sustainability. A sustainability education lies within the intersection of environmental science and engineering, economics, social science, and the arts and humanities.
To meet the needs of a diverse student body, George Mason University has a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, minors and certificates that embrace sustainability values. Sustainability programs at Mason seek to guide students as they critically assess the environmental, social, economic and ethical impacts of technology and policy decisions. The programs encourage personal reflection and discovery of the benefits of sustainable living. They provide creative outlets to capture and convey the spirit of the sustainability movement.
Experiential learning opportunities abound as students investigate solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Mason has Green Leaf classes which are noted in the course catalog, as well as sustainability and well-being pathways through General Education courses (Mason ENCORE), sustainability research centers, and co-curricular offerings in the Patriot Experience.
One example of this type of hands-on opportunity would be the “Rain Project” designed and implemented by Environmental Science & Policy students. Through Professor Changwoo Ahn’s class, students carried out a yearlong project that created a 1,700-plant floating wetland on Mason Pond. It brought together art and science students to achieve the goals of cleaner water and spurring ecological awareness.