May 2023

Staff Senate Sustainability Updates

This month’s sustainability updates from the Staff Senate Environmental Justice and Sustainability ad hoc committee:

Greener Mason Community

The Greener Mason Community is now active! It aims to bring together people from across Mason to discuss, share, and act on environmental and sustainability issues, and provides space for discussion, resources, and general information about environmentally related topics and initiatives at Mason and further afield. Conversations range from plastic on campus to your favorite “cli-fi” books!

Join the Greener Mason Community on Microsoft Teams here.

Office Supply Swap and Green Office Initiative

Staff Senate’s Office Supply Swap is also now live in the Greener Mason Community. Use the dedicated channel to post items you no longer need or ask for items that others might be able to pass along to reduce unnecessary purchases and wasted resources.

The Office Supply Swap has been incorporated into University Sustainability’s Green Office Initiative (GOI), which is launching soon. The GOI engages university employees and helps them make their offices, and Mason, even more sustainable. To be first to receive information about the GOI on its launch, email Ben Auger at to express interest.

Volunteering Spotlight: Patriot Packout

Volunteering opportunities are available this month at Patriot Packout (PPO) sites across the campuses. PPO is Mason’s annual end-of-the-year donation initiative, providing on-campus donation resources for all students, faculty, and staff affected by move-out. PPO diverts usable items from trash and redistributes them to Mason students, faculty/staff, and community members who can benefit from them.

Visit the Patriot Packout webpage for more information and to sign up as a volunteer. Don’t forget that eligible employees may use School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave to participate.