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Student Quotes

"I learned that our climate and environment are at a very fragile state. It is our generationís responsibility to take action to reduce our carbon footprint by making small changes that may lead to big reward. We all need to work together to save what we know and love, because someday, it may all be gone. I've always had a passion for the environment and keeping it clean and sustainable. However, the Summit greatly increased my awareness for the issues going on today, and allowed me to connect with others that shared the same passion."

"I better understand that even though we are pretty small compared to the government we can make a difference..."

    The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

    George Mason University along with distinguished partners the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo is proud to host the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE). This summer the WYSE welcomes 250 High School National Youth Delegates from all over the country. National Youth Delegates join the Mason community, which includes students and faculty from all over the world. Mason is both the largest public university in Virginia and one of the most culturally diverse universities in the nation.

    WYSE Partners

    FONZ National Geographic National Zoological Park


    Located in Fairfax VA, Mason's beautiful campus is just minutes from Washington D.C.  The unique learning opportunities in and around the nation’s capital are only part of the reason why George Mason University is ranked the #1 “School to Watch” by US News and World Report.  Nationally, Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s rank Mason among the 50 best values in higher education.  Mason is the only school in the D.C. area to receive these distinctions.  Prospective students can explore Mason's interactive site at

    Mason attracts proven and innovative leaders in conservation, climate change, and the environment. Faculty members have developed the WYSE curriculum to suit the needs and potential of the nation’s most talented future leaders in the field. Curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders, not only from Mason, but from international conservation experts and Washington insiders. High School National Youth Delegates will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to the environment, while acquiring valuable "in-the-trenches" knowledge.