Events Calendar

Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production: Virtual Experts Workshop @ Virtual
May 10 – May 11 all-day

The Belmont Forum is scoping a new international funding call focused on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP). Experts are invited to share their perspectives on transdisciplinary approaches and priorities relevant to SSCP and discussion about whether these approaches and priorities have shifted post-pandemic. The workshop will be conducted with a government-secured Zoom platform on May 10 and 11, 2021 to maximize global input to this process.

Climate Exp0 @ Virtual
May 17 – May 21 all-day

Climate Exp0 will showcase the latest thinking and most relevant international research in the run-up to COP26 around five key themes. Online, free, and open to all, it’s an opportunity to connect policymakers, academics and students across the world, and harness the power of virtual collaboration to help deliver a zero-carbon, resilient world.

Circular Economy and Zero Waste Research Roundtable @ Virtual
May 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join ISE for a Research Roundtable focused on creating circular economies and achieving zero waste here at Mason, in our local communities, and/or globally!

On March 23rd, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order 77(EO 77) directing all executive branch state agencies, including state institutions of higher education, to discontinue buying, selling, or distributing many single-use items – such as disposable plastic and polystyrene food service containers, plastic straws and cutlery, and single-use plastic bottles – within 120 days. As Mason responds immediately to EO77, the newly-formed Mason Sustainability Council (MSC) has launched a Circular Economy and Zero Waste (CE-ZW) taskforce to slingshot off of this momentum to tackle the interrelated issues of purchasing, waste, recycling, composting, and other related challenges here at Mason.

On behalf of the MSC, ISE aims to bring together faculty who work on different dimensions of this topic and members of the CE-ZW taskforce for a roundtable discussion. Participating speakers are invited to briefly (3 min) describe their expertise and interests in topics relating to creating circular economies, minimizing waste, and/or understanding the social and environmental impacts of unsustainable consumerism. Come learn about who is doing what, find collaborators, and get involved in tackling these challenges here at Mason.

Research to Action Webinar: Harnessing the Digital Revolution for Sustainability and Education for All @ Virtual
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
George Mason University’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE) and Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA)are co-hosting this research to action webinar on Harnessing the Digital Revolution for Sustainability and Education for All. This webinar will address how the digital revolution advances our scientific understanding of social and environmental systems. In so doing, speakers will highlight how technological advances and big data can support the attainment of the sustainable development goals – with a special emphasis on education for all and sustainability. In addition, the webinar will address mechanisms for ensuring equity and inclusivity in the data revolution so that data and technologies are useful and accessible for many diverse users. The speakers will also highlight how they translate research into action in this space.


Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Mathematical Sciences.

Jennifer Garard, Science Officer & Manager, Sustainability in the Digital Age, Future Earth.
Ed Kearns, Chief Data Officer of First Street Foundation.
Hemant Purohit, Assistant Professor, Information Sciences & Technology Department; and Director, Humanitarian, Semantics & Informatics Lab, Volgenau School of Engineering.

Building Tall with Mass Timber @ Virtual
May 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Manufactured mass timber allows buildings to be built faster, more sustainably with a smaller carbon footprint than steel and concrete, and with a natural look which is healthier for space users. In Charlottesville, Virginia, the tallest mass timber building in the state is rising with the eight-story 187,000 sq. ft. Apex Clean Energy Headquarters building. In Washington D.C., a two-story 105,000 sq. ft. vertical expansion of 80 M Street, a Class-A office property, is the District’s first mass timber commercial office project.

Join the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship and the Institute for a Sustainable Earth for a discussion with architectural firms William McDonough + Partners and Hickok Cole on these two pioneering real estate developments. Our featured speakers are:

Eric Ross – Partner, William McDonough + Partners
Thomas Corrado – Senior Associate, Hickok Cole
Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021 @ Virtual and Onsite in Brisbane, Australia
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – Jun 15 @ 5:00 pm

The Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021) is the world’s first transdisciplinary gathering in sustainability – it will be a space of fierce advocacy for sustainability scholarship, innovation, collaboration and action. The  annual event unites global sustainability leaders, experts, industry and innovators to inspire action and promote a sustainability transformation.

SRI2021 will be a hybrid event, with a diverse and innovative online program alongside onsite participation in Brisbane, Australia. SRI2021 will take place June 12-15, 2021 with activities, networking, training and more both prior and following the event. SRI is a joint initiative of Future Earth and the Belmont Forum. Early-bird registration for SRI2021 is now open.
  • Date: June 12-15, 2021
  • Location: Hybrid model: online programs alongside onsite participation in Brisbane, Australia
  • Registration