|Submission Date||Sept. 1, 2017|
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The Green Patriot program is an environmentally-minded peer-to-peer outreach student group whose mission is to work with the Office of Sustainability to cultivate a culture of sustainability at George Mason University. Green Patriots help increase environmental knowledge and foster positive environmental behavior by providing effective tools and information to their peers.
Students voluntarily attend meetings, and are chosen as student educators (help lead meetings, workshops, presentations) based on expressed interest and commitment to the program.
Green Patriots are trained on various sustainability topics hosted by the Office of Sustainability on a regular basis. Regular peer-to-peer meetings with Green Patriots with diverse backgrounds and knowledge allow participants to share best sustainable practices across the university.
The Office of Sustainability funds the meetings and weekend trips for the Green Patriots, as well as a paid student intern to manage the program. The Patriot Green Fund is also utilized to fund sustainability projects that the Green Patriots implement.
The Environment and Sustainability Learning Living Community is an on-campus residential community that unites students by their vision for a cleaner, healthier, and more equitable future for our planet. All residents are enrolled in a Leadership and Sustainability course in which they engage in peer-teaching and implement campus greening initiatives. Students have implemented multiple green initiatives including an up-cycling program, informational film screenings, and numerous sustainability workshops.
Students fill out an application and are selected based on their expressed interest in sustainability.
The Environment and Sustainability Living Learning Community leaders (resident advisors and peer mentors) receive training on program planning from Mason Housing. All residents are required to be enrolled in a Leadership and Sustainability course. In this course the residents learn how to educate their peers about sustainability initiatives and how to implement their own sustainability projects.
George Mason University (Mason) Housing provides funding for the Living Learning Community programming and members apply to the Patriot Green Fund for project funding.
The Well-Being Team (WBT) is a student organization that plays an essential role in making George Mason a model well-being university. Their mission is to educate students about well-being practices in and out of the classroom. WBT creates campus wide opportunities to engage in well-being, and provides experiences for students to develop vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement to create a culture where Mason students can thrive. In order to pursue their mission, the organization facilitates education around well-being, creates opportunities for students to engage in well-being practices, and maintains an online presence by promoting well-being to students through a comprehensive marketing strategy. The WBT has annual events including Well-Being Day, the Gratitude Project, De-stress Fest, and a month long Spring into Well-Being with multiple events. Additionally, through out the year the WBT offers student led educational workshops to teach students about well-being practices.
There is a formal application process for any student at Mason who is interested in becoming a student leader within the WBT. Students are chosen based on their availability for training sessions, academic standing within the university, and their sincere desire to help create a well-being culture within the Mason community. Any other students interested in well-being have the ability to join the WBT Street Team, so they can take part in meetings, volunteer at any events, and be trained to assist with workshop facilitation.
All the students on the Well-Being Team receive formal training by well-being educators that work within Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Students also participate in peer-to-peer training on workshop facilitation to run their own workshop.
Mason’s Student Involvement provides administrative support by hiring a Graduate Assistant Advisor to help manage the Well-Being Team. The Graduate Assistant Advisor works with the Executive Director of Student Involvement, who also works directly with the student group. Additionally, GMU provides a budget for the WBT student leader stipends and any events/workshops the group puts together.
Date is for FY16.
URL for Green Patriot Program: http://green.gmu.edu/greenpatriots/students.cfm
URL for Sustainability LLC: http://ess.gmu.edu/about/living-learning-community
URL for Well-Being Team: https://si.gmu.edu/well-being-team/
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.