Colin Bennett

Colin came to Mason from Southern Connecticut State University where he was working part-time on a Master's degree in Environmental Education and serving as the Outreach Coordinator to the Environmental Futurists at SCSU

Since starting at Mason in September of 2008 Colin has helped with numerous sustainability initiatives, most notably, the hugely successful Student Training for Environmental Protection and Mason's participation in the America's Greenest Campus contest.

Colin's experience includes serving as a member of the Westbrook Forest Commission, Marine Science Technician in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, founder and president of the Great Land Conservation Trust, Inc., former volunteer with the Westbrook Fire Department, former elementary school teacher in Norwich Diocese Catholic Schools, former advisor for the Saint Bernard High School Environmental Club in Uncasville. He has received training from many environmental organizations including the Student Environmental Action Coalition, the Sierra Student Coalition, The Climate Campaign, and the Sierra Club.

Colin doesn't have much free time, but if he did, he would spend it hiking

Nya Jackson

Nya is currently a senior at Mason majoring in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Public and Community Engagement. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York where the presence of community gardens every few blocks gave her an appreciation for nature and community.  

Nya became involved with sustainability initiatives on campus her junior year after taking a Sustainable World course that made her more aware of our ability to lessen our impact on the environment. Since then Nya has helped with drafting Mason’s Climate Action Plan and served as a Climate Action Plan intern last spring. She has also been involved with Mason’s Vegetable Garden and the GMU Organic Garden Association which is charged with maintaining the garden.

Nya enjoys spending her free time working in Mason’s Vegetable Garden.

Jason Von Kundra

Jason is the co-chair of Mason's Environmental Action group. Although relatively new to Mason, as a student leader he has been instrumental in many of the school's recent environmental initiatives. Last semester he was one of the lead organizers for Virginia Power Shift, a successful conference that brought young people from around the state to address climate change.

More recently, Jason has been helping to lead the push for the implementation of the Patriot Green Fund, a program that would provide funding for sustainability programs at Mason. He's also organized many lobbying trips to both Capital Hill and the statehouse in Richmond to give Mason students the chance to speak to their elected officials about environmental issues. 

Jason is committed to helping put an end to mountaintop removal and finding a solution to the climate crisis. He studies physics with aspirations of working in the renewable energy sector.