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The University of Mary Washington is committed to creating a sustainable future. Through our programs, policies and practices, and academics, sustainability reaches into many facets of daily life. We encourage our students to think about sustainability through each of its four pillars (social, environmental, cultural, and economic) and to get involved.

“The ecosystem is resilient and can absorb and adapt to various kinds and degrees of change. Its balance is not like that of a pyramid, solid and immovable. It is not the unstable balance of scales, where a weight added on one side must be compensated for by an equal weight on the other in order to keep the arm from swinging out of true. It is the living balance of an eagle in flight, which can compensate for changes in the currents of air by altering the position of its wings and tail. But even an eagle cannot survive a tornado.”

-J. Donald Hughes