The University of Mary Washington strives for sustainable practices in all its endeavors. We recognize that every decision we make concerning the mission and management of UMW impacts our future every bit as much as our present. 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 the earth itself. We emphasize the importance of education and communication in increasing awareness of our students, faculty, staff, and administration in the roles they play in making UMW a sustainable institution. With regard to resource use, this means awareness of material and energy flows at UMW, awareness of individual behaviors that influence those flows, and informed decision-making about contractual agreements that impact those flows. 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