Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.98
Liaison Greg Farley
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2011
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STARS v1.0

George Mason University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Margaret Lo
University Sustainability Director
Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

George Mason University's central web site for sustainability located at green.gmu.edu is managed by its Office of Sustainability.


The website URL for the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainable Mason newsletter is published quarterly by George Mason University's (Mason) Office of Sustainability. The purpose of the printed publication is to highlight the myriad activities that faculty, staff, and students across Mason are undertaking to make the school more sustainable.

Auxiliary Enterprises Green does an annual sustainability report highlighting projects, progress towards goals, and metrics in auxiliary enterprises.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

GREENovation publishes student research in conservation, environment and sustainability studies. The URL below provides the latest issue.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :
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The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

George Mason University has a banner and table tents informing guests within the dining halls about locally grown foods. In addition, there is a brochure titled "Healthier Food Options on Campus". This brochure has tips on how to eat healthier as well as healthier and/or vegetarian options at each eating establishment on campus.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

At George Mason University (Mason), the bumblebee and butterfly havens as well as the wildflower areas have signage that describes the habitat and asks the Mason community and its visitors not to mow or disturb the habitat.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:
Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

George Mason University (Mason) offers sustainability tours of Mason Inn on campus, Virginia's first LEED Gold Conference Center and Hotel, and Southside dining hall upon request. Additionally, within each guest's in-room welcome book, Mason Inn's sustainability features are highlighted. Mason is updating a sustainability tour of its entire campus.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

George Mason University's (Mason) Transportation homepage prominently features links to both "How to get to Mason without a car!" and "Benefits of using alternative transit" pages.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

George Mason University's Office of Sustainability is in the process of creating a guide for green living. However, the guide was not yet published at the time of the STARS submission.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat)?:
No

A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Sustainability in George Mason University's academic programs are featured on its Sustainability Studies web site, including programs, courses, and pertinent scholarship funding opportunities.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

George Mason University (Mason) has a sustainability blog which covers Mason's current efforts in sustainability and asks readers to respond and engage on Mason's efforts.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

George Mason University has a community organic garden. There is a blog associated with the organic garden to update readers on the progress of the garden and events associated with it.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

George Mason University (Mason) has at least two sustainability related listservs and numerous Google groups. Mason's Office of Sustainability sends out information about Mason specific sustainability programs and events to one listserve and general sustainability information and events in the Metro DC area to the other.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

George Mason University's Office of Sustainability also utilizes social media channels to publicize about the sustainability efforts on its Facebook page at (http://www.facebook.com/gmu.sustainability) and its Twitter page (https://twitter.com/#!/MasonGoesGreen).


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

AE Green is the umbrella sustainability program for Auxiliary Enterprises at George Mason University (Mason). Departments included within Auxiliary Enterprises are Mason's Child Development Center; University Bookstore; Mail Services; Mason Card Office; Mason Dining; Mason Inn; Office of Housing and Residence Life; Patriot Center; Print Services; Student Centers; and Vending Services. AE Green has a website that provides information on all the sustainability efforts of these entities.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

George Mason University's Auxiliary Enterprises (AE) Green also utilizes social media channels to publicize about its sustainability efforts on its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/AE-Green/157175901010021 and its Twitter page at https://twitter.com/AEGreenMason.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

On George Mason University's (Mason) home page there is a link to the webpage, "Mason Makes a Difference." That webpage educates the public on what Mason students, alumni, faculty, and staff are doing to make the world a better place. Under the Going Greener section, the site highlights Living Green, Learning Green where Mason students who are infusing sustainable practices in their everyday life, course work, communities and careers are highlighted. Additionally, Mason also highlighted faculty, staff and administrators committed to making Mason's campuses sustainable.


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