The University of Mary Washington strives for sustainable practices in all its endeavors. We recognize that each decision made concerning the mission and management of UMW impacts not only our present, but our future. Our management of resources, planning for growth, and development of local, regional, national, and international relationships should be conducted in a manner that meets present social, economic, and environmental needs without compromising our ability to meet the future needs of the University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Mother Earth. We emphasize the importance of education and communication by increasing awareness of the roles played by our students, faculty, staff, and administration that help make UMW a sustainable institution. As an institution of higher learning, it is UMW’s responsibility to serve as a leading example to the surrounding community of an entity that models its decisions based on environmentally and socially responsible principles.
-Adopted as a component of the University of Mary Washington Strategic Plan, November 2009