The Rain Project Launch: Floating Treatment Wetland on Mason Pond

On May 12, 2015, students from the EVPP 378 Ecological Sustainability class taught by Department of Environmental Science & Policy associate professor Dr. Changwhoo Ahn launched a 1,700-plant floating wetland on Mason Pond.

Known as The Rain Project, the floating treatment wetland is a year-long case study of what the founders of EcoScience + Art hope to perpetuate for college education, scholarship, and service. Students participate in a project-based learning approach aimed at developing innovative interdisciplinary education and scholarship. The goal is to raise awareness of critical stormwater issues for the Mason community, by means of a year-long project (Fall 2014 through Fall 2015) in which science collaborates with engineering, arts, and humanities in order to design and implement a floating wetland in Mason Pond.

More reading:

The full article on the launch from the Mason NewsDesk on 5/13/2015

An interview with Dr. Changwoo Ahn on The Rain Project by The STEAM Table

See more pictures – click here (Creative Services)

Students from environmental professor Changwoo Ahn's class launched a 1,700-plant floating wetland on Mason Pond Tuesday afternoon. The yearlong project brings together art and science students and is designed to clean the water as well as to spur ecological awareness. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Dr. Changwoo Ahn in discussion. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Students in Environmental Science & Policy Professor Changwoo Ahn's class design and launch the "Rain Project" a 1,700-plant floating wetland on Mason Pond. The yearlong project brings together art and science students and is designed to clean the water as well as to spur ecological awareness. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Teamwork. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Students in Environmental Science & Policy Professor Changwoo Ahn's class design and launch the "Rain Project" a 1,700-plant floating wetland on Mason Pond. The yearlong project brings together art and science students and is designed to clean the water as well as to spur ecological awareness. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Dr. Ahn pointing out a plant. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

 

Students in Environmental Science & Policy Professor Changwoo Ahn's class design and launch the "Rain Project" a 1,700-plant floating wetland on Mason Pond. The yearlong project brings together art and science students and is designed to clean the water as well as to spur ecological awareness. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Success! Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Students in Environmental Science & Policy Professor Changwoo Ahn's class design and launch the "Rain Project" a 1,700-plant floating wetland on Mason Pond. The yearlong project brings together art and science students and is designed to clean the water as well as to spur ecological awareness. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Dr. Changwoo Ahn with his class. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

 

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/spring-2020/ and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus