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George Mason University's central web site for sustainability (green.gmu.edu) is managed by its Office of Sustainability. This website features sections on operational sustainability, student involvement opportunities, as well as ways for faculty and staff to get involved.
GREENovation was the Environmental Science and Policy department's newsletter, which highlights different sustainability projects and research being implemented on campus by faculty and staff. GREENovation is published every semester by the department, and is located online.
The George Mason University Office of Sustainability Facebook and Twitter pages keep the Mason and greater community informed about sustainability initiatives, programs, and events. It is used to highlight campaigns and exceptional work of Mason offices and community members as well. The Facebook page has over 1,000 'likes' followers, with nearly 1,000 Twitter followers.
George Mason University's main student newspaper, the Fourth Estate, does have students who regularly cover sustainability issues in the student newspaper. Each year, a student who has an interest in sustainability issues usually voluntarily chooses that beat.
GREENovation publishes student research in conservation, environment and sustainability studies.
As part of LEED projects completed on campus, detailed signage has been included to inform building users the intent behind the building's design, specific environmental features, construction techniques, and operation methods the high performance green buildings employ.
George Mason's student dining halls promote sustainable practices through various ways, including large posters and signs on sustainable foods at entrances and exits, rotating weekly signs above the food counters to indicate the week's local food options, and signage when the produce was grown in Mason's hydroponics greenhouse on-campus.
At George Mason University, the bumblebee and butterfly havens, wildflower areas, organic gardens, restoration sites, and rain-gardens have signage that describes the sustainable feature, provides the Mason community with specific instructions on interacting with the area, as well as other educational information.
George Mason University offers a self-guided sustainability tour of its Fairfax campus on the sustainability website and has also conducted tours for special events like conferences and orientation days.
George Mason University's Transportation homepage prominently features links to biking, shuttles/buses, carpool/vanpool, zipcar/zimride maps, and other information. Parking and Transportation also offers a guide with parking tips as well as a brief guide to each of the alternative transportation choices offered on campus.
Mason offers a free bicycle registration program which includes a new bike lock, a coupon to a local bike store, and Virginia specific rules of the road and safety information. Bike lanes, racks, pumps, and shelters are mapped out for cyclists and pedestrians. A Mason area bike route map is also available on the transportation website.
A green guide was created to educate a student on how to incorporate sustainability into their life and lifestyle. Also, an orientation publication, Freshman Focus, highlights how incoming freshman can get involved in on-campus sustainability.
Sustainability in George Mason University's academic programs are featured on its Sustainability Studies web site, including programs, courses, and pertinent scholarship funding opportunities.
Data is for FY17.
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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.