The Mason Sustainability Council (MSC) is an institution-wide initiative that will integrate Mason’s research and academic strengths in sustainability with campus operations to mitigate Mason’s impact on the global climate, enable our campuses to become learning laboratories, and further establish Mason as an institutional leader in higher-education sustainability. The MSC is a means of actualizing Mason’s commitments to sustainability, which include making Mason carbon-neutral by 2050, and creating a culture of sustainability within our community.

The MSC is co-chaired by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance (SVP), co-coordinated by the Director of the Office of Sustainability and Executive Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Earth, and charged with:

  • Recommending, and advising on, opportunities for sustainable efforts across the University;
  • Aligning the work of the MSC with Mason’s strategic priorities, goals, and mission, and coordinating MSC work with Mason’s annual operating and capital planning processes;
  • Developing goals, targets, and metrics, in consultation with OoS and ISE, to guide the work of the MSC;
  • Translating concepts into action in the respective departments of its members;
  • Ensuring appropriate delegation of information, tasks, and resources;
  • And communicating with Mason leadership, when appropriate, to share high-impact and high-value concepts, projects, and/or findings.