Carbon Neutrality Task Force

The Carbon Neutrality Task Force will chart George Mason University’s path towards carbon neutrality, a commitment first made by then-President Alan Merten in 2007 when he signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). 

As a result of this commitment, the university published its first Climate Action Plan (CAP) in January 2010, which included a strategy to attain carbon neutrality by 2050. More recently, President Gregory Washington asked the Mason Sustainability Council (MSC) to develop a new CAP in alignment with his vision for Mason to embrace the grand challenges with an even grander vision. Soon thereafter, the Carbon Neutrality Task Force was launched in October 2021.

The CAP development is an initiative led by a partnership between Mason Facilities and the Mason Sustainability Council’s Carbon Neutrality Task Force. The Task Force is working closely with Dumont Janks, who worked with Mason on the most recent Master Plan, and Arup, a global technical advisory firm, to develop a new CAP.

The new CAP was delivered to President Gregory Washington prior to Mason’s 50th Anniversary in April 2022. Decisions about its adoption are forthcoming.

Task Force Membership

  • Explore the incredible students, staff, faculty, alumni serving on the Task Force
  • Explore the industry experts from Dumont Janks and Arup who are supporting the Task Force’s efforts

Climate Action Plan Resources

  • The Climate Action Plan website can be viewed here.
  • Explore the members of the Task Force by clicking here.