Our Mission

Sustainability Mission:

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

Goal 5 of the University of Mary Washington Strategic Plan, 2020: 

Promote Excellence and Sustainability in Support of University Operations The success of the University is dependent on the effectiveness and efficiency of its operations, as well as the quality and commitment of its workforce. Ensuring appropriate support for university staff is a fundamental value that helps the University fulfill its mission and enhances the well-being of its students and employees. UMW will utilize long-term planning, effective data management, and commitment to financial and environmental sustainability to ensure both the fiscal and environmental sustainability of all university initiatives.