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Submission Date Aug. 9, 2011
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George Mason University
PAE-2: Strategic Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.00 / 6.00 Margaret Lo
University Sustainability Director
Sustainability
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Year the strategic plan or equivalent was completed or adopted:
2,008

Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the environmental dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the environmental dimensions of sustainability:

As part of Goal Five in George Mason University's (Mason) Strategic Goals for 2014, Mason strives to extend global and local awareness in the environmental area. Mason will follow the following strategic actions to accomplish that:

Goal 5-6: Integrate sustainability into both academic and extracurricular programs. Teaching next generations about the importance of environmental stewardship should be a goal for all programming on campus supported by the office of the Provost and the office of University Life. In research and education alike, and as a focus for Mason’s collaborations with universities and scientific centers in other parts of the world, there should be expansion of inter-unit activity involving Environmental Science and Policy, the strong University activities in climate dynamics and earth observation, conflict analysis and communication.
Goal 5-7: Measurably advance toward achieving climate neutrality. Global citizenship includes monitoring the carbon footprint the University makes. Achieving climate neutrality is essential for academic institutions as centers for research on means of achieving this neutrality.


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the social dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the social dimensions of sustainability:

In addition to incorporating sustainability into its academic and extracurricular programs and advancing towards climate neutrality, within George Mason University's (Mason) Strategic Goals for 2014, Goal Three is to develop systems that enhance program quality and build on Mason's history as a university that embraces diversity; Goal 3-3 states that Mason will devise a recruitment strategy to attract racially and enthically diverse faculty and staff; Goal 2-4 states that Mason will maintain programs and services for historically underrepresented student populations; part of Goal Five also states that Mason will develop more fully as a global university to promote increasing global competence among students; and Goal Six states that Mason will build upon productive relationships in the community.


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the economic dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the economic dimensions of sustainability:

In addition to incorporating sustainability into its academic and extracurricular programs and advancing towards climate neutrality, and the additional programs mentioned above, within George Mason University's (Mason) Strategic Plan for 2014, Goal 3-1 states that Mason will also achieve competitive compensation for faculty and staff; Goal Two states that Mason will assure student access to an affordable college education; Goal 2-3 strives to increase financial aid and scholarships to competitive levels with peer institutions; and Goal 4-2 states that Mason will work with economic development agencies to provide programs, training, and interaction consistent with mutual development strategies.


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