The Sustainable Mason logo pictured here designates a “green leaf” course or academic program, one which focuses on learning about sustainability, i.e., meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The green leaf designation recognizes offerings that contribute significantly to students’ understanding and practice of sustainability. These offerings extend beyond environmental management, natural resources protection and conservation studies alone to embrace economic development and social responsibility. Both sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses may received the green leaf designation.
Green leaf academic programs focus on sustainability, usually including a required set of green leaf courses in order to cover the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Each is a vital contributor to Mason’s sustainability across the curriculum.