Student groups have consistently been a driving force toward making a more sustainable Mason. These student groups understand the importance and power of organization, recruitment, and cooperation to achieve lasting change on Mason's campuses. The groups listed below have been involved with the Office of Sustainability through a wide variety of channels. Many of these groups' members become interns, volunteers, or supporters of our office and its mission.
The Environmental Action Group campaigns for the protection of the environment and its inhabitants through action and education. We define the environment to include the physical, social, economic, and cultural conditions where we live. We seek to create a diverse movement within the Mason community to make tangible improvements in our environment and empower students to take action for a healthy planet for our future.
The George Mason Organic Garden Association was created to oversee the Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden. Members of this group are dedicated to raising education, awareness, and participation in sustainable food and gardens at Mason. (Need to gather the rest of this information from the original GOGA governing documents.)
The purpose of this organization is to create awareness and advocacy among college students about water scarcity issues in areas both domestic and internationally. This organization will also work to engage students in activities such as: 1) advocacy, fundraising and teambuilding activities to promote water project non-profits such as The Water Project, Charity Water, CARE, etc., 2) to encourage the campus wide use of water fountains, non-plastic water bottles, the non-wasting of water in bathrooms and campus facilities and promote water conservation, 3) to help community elementary schools, groups (like Girl Scouts) and others learn about water problems across the globe, gain an understanding of water pollution, watershed health and the importance of hygiene, among other topics, through water fun days, water monitoring, science experiments, curricula, lessons and games.
The Animal Rights Collective (ARC) is a group dedicated to raising awareness about animal rights on our campus and within the surrounding community. ARC was founded by a group of students that came together to protest the Ringling Brothers Circus on campus and to organize events pertaining to animal rights and vegan outreach.