George Mason University

Sustainability, Environment and Climate

Research

Sustainability is an integral part of everything we do at Mason and a large part of the research conducted here. Our researchers take transdisciplinary approaches to understanding the geophysical, biological, economic, and social implications of climate change and other global issues. They seek to find new ways for science to serve society, helping governments, businesses, and the private sector make informed decisions about matters of utmost importance.

  • Center for Clean Water and Sustainable Technologies

    Amid a global water crisis, scientists at CCWST work to develop methods for measuring, identifying, and mitigating water contaminants. The Center is finding sustainable solutions to provide clean water for people around the world.

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  • Center for Climate Change Communication

    The Center’s mission is to conduct unbiased public engagement research - and to help government agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies apply the results of this research - to collectively stabilize the planet's life-sustaining climate.

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  • Center for Energy Science and Policy

    Energy policy promises to be one of the key issues of the 21st century, as the world must mitigate climate change caused by fossil fuel combustion, while providing secure and affordable supplies of energy to support economic development and growth. This center provides objective analysis of key issues in the energy field that is grounded in original research. It serves as a center of gravity for the many researchers at Mason whose work engages them with these issues and connects them with decision-makers in the economy, society, and government.

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  • Center for Geospatial Intelligence

    Geospatial intelligence refers to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information on the position and attributes of such areas as structures, people, and activities. Its applications range from environmental monitoring and emergency response to social-media analytics, intelligent vehicle navigation and surveillance.

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  • Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies

    COLA is dedicated to understanding climate fluctuations on seasonal, interannual, and decadal scales, with a special emphasis on the interactions between Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces.

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    Center for Transportation: Public-Private Partnership

    The Center was launched to develop advanced research and education in the transportation field.  Public-private partnerships can deliver significant infrastructure improvements and associated public. Current research includes work on development using the air rights above highway rights-of-way and around transit stations.

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  • Environmental Science and Technology Center

    ESTC is a joint interdisciplinary center with China focusing on environmental and climate monitoring, carbon measurement, flood forecasting and defense, water resources management, ecological protection and restoration, and Earth observations.  

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  • Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy

    The institute brings philosophical analysis—the examination of values and the clarification of concepts—to the discussion of issues in public policy. Members address moral, legal, and societal concerns that arise in such areas as emerging technologies, international development, and global demands for justice. It provides expertise in the ethical and conceptual dimensions of public policy and complements empirical research from the natural and social sciences.

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    Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center

    PEREC focuses on Potomac River restoration and local sustainability practices, so the local ecosystem will be healthy for years to come. Research is translated into field programs for K-12 students and the larger community.

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