“Sustainability,” says Leslie Paul Thiele, is “an adaptive art wedded to science in service to ethical vision. It entails satisfying current needs without sacrificing future well-being through the balanced pursuit of ecological health, economic welfare, social empowerment, and cultural creativity.”* By nature, this is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The goal of Sustainability Studies at Mason is to foster learning that advances the state of understanding and practice of sustainability. A sustainability education lies within the intersection of environmental science and engineering, economics, social science, and the arts and humanities. To meet the needs of a diverse student body, George Mason University is developing a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, minors and certificates that embrace sustainability values. Sustainability programs at George Mason University seek to guide students as they critically assess the environmental, social, economic and ethical impacts of technology and policy decisions. The programs encourage personal reflection and discovery of the benefits of sustainable living. They provide creative outlets to capture and convey the spirit of the sustainability movement. Experiential learning opportunities abound as students investigate solutions to global warming, water pollution, and natural resource depletion. *Thiele, Leslie Paul. SUSTAINABILITY. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013.
April is Earth Month at Mason. Click here to view the calendar of events.
Mason is still alive, and competing for the top spot in the 2013 Environmental March Madness tournament. Click here for the Mason News article.