Community Environmental Groups to Convene at Mason

Posted: November 27, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: December 3, 2013 at 6:16 am

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By Preston Williams

people in circleThe Mason Sustainability Institute and the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement will host a free seminar for community environmental groups, a first-time event designed to further connect the university with Northern Virginia sustainability-oriented organizations.

The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, on the Fairfax Campus, with a 1:30 p.m. social and the program from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will enable the community and Mason groups to create mutually beneficial partnerships, such as internships, community-work study positions and course-based service-learning opportunities.

Community organizations and nonprofits are regularly invited to campus to compare notes and resources with university groups, says Wendy Wagner, director for the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement. So this first-time pairing is a natural for both. “We are excited about the potential for multiple connections to be made,” Wagner says.

Lenna Storm, special projects manager for the university’s Office of Sustainability, says the community group members will take part in a roundtable with Mason representatives.

“The event will provide our local environmental and sustainability-related organizations with much-needed support, while providing students with hands-on experience working with professionals on issues of sustainability,” Storm says. “The goal is to develop some next steps for how to build a stronger network of sustainability experts in Northern Virginia.”

To register or for more information, email msi@gmu.edu or call 703-993-5301.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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