Tag: environment

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Let’s talk about climate change: Mason and beyond

(Credit: Laura Baker/Fourth Estate) The Earth Month event “Let’s Talk About Climate Change,” which was held April 1, explored how organizations on Mason’s Campus, the city of Fairfax and the state of Virginia educate and empower residents to combat climate…

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Mason stirs up Earth Month with food sustainability

This story was originally published in the April 11 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason’s Sustainable Food Systems Symposium on April 1 was one of numerous events that will bring together students, staff and faculty to examine emerging food systems during…

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Students clean up campus streams for Earth Month

(Photo credit: Alec Moore/Fourth Estate) The Office of Sustainability’s latest Earth Month event, the Mason Stream Clean-Up, took place last Saturday by Lot C. Student volunteers, as well as Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management staff, worked together to pick up…

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Mason hosts sustainable food systems symposium

(Photo courtesy if Roger Leblanc) Mason’s Sustainable Food Systems Symposium on Friday, April 1, brought together students, faculty and nearly a dozen professionals to discuss emerging food systems. The event included an opening keynote speaker, a series of panelists, small…

“If Mason’s trying to be a leader, it’s not being a leader in terms of sustainability of watersheds." -- Dr. Chris Jones, freshwater ecologist and Mason professor. (Megan Zendek/Fourth Estate)

We stand alone: Mason’s role as an independent watershed

This story was originally published in the Feb. 22 issue of Fourth Estate. When it comes to hydrological studies, Mason offers its students and faculty a unique living laboratory; the Fairfax campus functions as its own independent watershed. According to…

4000 gallons of oil being cleaned up after campus spill

An emergency contractor is cleaning up an oil spill that occurred this past Saturday where about 4000 gallons of diesel fuel overflowed from holding tanks at the Central Heating and Cooling Plant on the Fairfax campus. The incident occurred around…

VDACS finds herbicide pollution in Mason Pond

A Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services investigation concluded this month that water in Mason Pond tests positive for a herbicide applied by a private contractor for Mason facilities, in violation of the Virginia Pesticide Control Act. LESCO Three…

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Student photographs dirt paths where the sidewalk ends

This story was originally published in the Nov. 17 issue of Fourth Estate. A Mason student has started using photography to document the numerous dirt paths around campus. Caroline Weinroth, a junior studying theatre, initially began the project as a…

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Mason students participate in largest climate march in history

Several George Mason University students took part in the People’s Climate March, the largest climate change protest in history. Over 400,000 people gathered together in New York City  to incite significant action from world leaders attending a United Nations climate summit…