Mason Sustainability Institute Offers Free Workshops

Posted: June 24, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

By Dave Andrews

Mason has partnered with Dominion Power and the City of Fairfax to offer free workshops to teach members of the community about the financial and ecological benefits of sustainability.

The workshops are coordinated by the Mason Sustainability Institute (MSI), which was recently created to enhance educational opportunities that focus on the environment. MSI brings together area residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations and local government officials to focus on the environmental issues impacting their homes and communities.

The institute recently announced two new workshops that will be offered this summer, Energy Efficiency at Home and Waste Minimization.

Energy Efficiency at Home Workshop

Learn how to save 20 percent or more on energy bills with a modest investment. This workshop will cover topics on how to make cost-effective energy saving improvements to your home and other small- to mid-size buildings. The class will cover energy audits, plan reviews and energy modeling to help homeowners reduce energy use in their homes. Attendees will receive a list of companies offering energy auditing services and an energy reduction resource list for future reference.

Where: Green Acres, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Va., Room 113

When: Wednesday, July 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m., or Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Waste Minimization Workshop

Packaging accounts for 64 million tons of garbage, or approximately 33 percent of all landfills. Recycling helps, but reducing and reusing can have an even greater impact. This workshop will focus on waste reduction techniques such as smart purchasing decisions, reducing, reusing and recycling to help save natural resources and energy while minimizing pollution.

Where: Green Acres, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Va., Room 113

When: Wednesday, July 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m., or Saturday, July 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration for either workshop is online.

For more information on upcoming workshops and registration, see the website or email Danielle Wyman at



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