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Department Chair’s Letter to the Class of 2020

Please join us in celebrating our newest graduates! In an unprecedented gesture of kindness and to recognize the ESP Class of 2020 during COVID-19, department chair Dr. Alonso Aguirre has written a personalized, slightly different version of the letter below to each and every graduate in the  class of 2020 who will be receiving theirs […]

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy on the long-standing question of how conservation efforts should allocate their limited resources

University Professor of environmental science and policy Dr. Thomas Lovejoy has a Preview article, Biodiversity Conservation Targets: How to Allocate Resources featured in the forest-themed May issue of One Earth which is now available online: DOI:

Fall 2020 EVPP Course Flyers – get the details before you register

Planetary Health ♦ Energy and Climate Action Plannning Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling ♦ Principles of Environmental Law Food, Energy, Water (FEW) Nexus ♦ Environmental Microbiology Essentials R Programming for Environmental Scientists ♦ Energy Policy   (Click on flyer images to open PDFs)                             […]

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy presents the grim reality of increased human contact with wildlife

In an article published by the Guardian on April 25, 2020, Dr. Tom Lovejoy, University Professor and faculty in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, College of Science at George Mason University, issued some comments that presents the grim reality of increased human contact with wildlife. “Scientists are discovering two to four new viruses […]

ESP students recognized in Provost’s Newsletter for prestigious external awards

The following ESP graduate students were recognized in the Provost’s Newsletter dated April 23, 2020 Anne Clay, PhD student in ESP (COS): Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Sara Marriott, PhD student in ESP (COS): Boren Fellowship for language training (Tagalog) Anchor QEA Scholarship Graduate Pursuit Grant 2020 for SESYNC (Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center) Meadhbh Molloy, PhD student in […]

Virtual Earth Month, 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and Earth Week

Virtual Earth Month is underway, and Earth Week is coming up (April 20-24) and the 50th Anniversary of #EarthDay is next Wednesday, April 22, 2020! This post will continue to be updated with virtual events by different organizations on and off campus that many of us can participate in during quarantine. Climate Change: Meeting the […]

Coronavirus COVID-19 Notice

SUMMER 2020 CLASSES ARE ONLINE ONLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION George Mason University has extended spring break to March 20, after which the university will move to virtual instruction. Find out what you need to know to be prepared. Visit Mason’s Coronavirus Information page. All Mason faculty must review the Instructional Continuity and Research Continuity guidelines to prepare for […]

Dr. Alonso Aguirre addresses COVID-19 on CGTN America

Dr. Alonso Aguirre, Chair of the ESP Department, was interviewed on March 9, 2020 in Washington, DC during a live news broadcast segment on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  See the clip here:

Event: Solve Climate by 2030

PLEASE JOIN US IN A GLOBAL EFFORT TO SOLVE THE CLIMATE CHANGE PROBLEM BY 2030!   COVID-19 Update: The Virginia event at Center for the Arts is cancelled; organizers hope to reschedule in the fall Location: Dr. Linda Apple Monson Grand Tier, Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Time: 5:00 to 7:00 […]

New MS Concentration in Energy and Sustainability Policy and Science (ESPS) begins Fall 2020

ESP is now offering a new MS concentration in Energy and Sustainability Policy and Science, available for Fall 2020 enrollment. This concentration focuses specifically on the scientific, policy and methods background in energy and sustainability needed for senior positions in energy and environmental consulting and NGOs, energy and sustainability-focused government offices, and private sector firms […]

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 and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: