At the University of Mary Washington we inspire student participate in the sustainability mission through engaging activities, academics, programs, policies and practices. We promote sustainable life routines that students maintain after their time at UMW; these will lead to practices that impact cities, states, and ultimately the world.


UMW Sustainability Spotlight

This month’s spotlight is on Lauren Chartier!! Lauren is a biology major and is very passionate about sustainability initiatives. She is currently interning at Friends of the Rappahannock where she assist in planting trees, living shorelines, and river clean-ups. She strives to protect the gifts of the world so she can share it with others! In her words: “Being a “sustainable” person isn’t always easy or ideal, but I do it because I care and want to help be an example for others”. Thank you, Lauren for everything you do! Show some love – click the image to see his spotlight Facebook shoutout, and learn about all her does to help better the planet and what sustainability means to him.

*Click the photo to learn more about all they do on the Spotlight FB post

*Click HERE to nominate someone for next month

Tree Campus USA

UMW is certified as a “Tree Campus USA”, partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation, due to our met goals of having an established and sustained healthy community forests. This Fredericksburg Campus Tree Map is interactive, showing the biodiversity & beauty our campus holds, the common name & genus species of our trees and where they are located.

Click HERE to visit the map in full view and to navigate the map much easier! 

A big thank you to the 21 students and Dr. Alan Griffith, UMW Professor of biology, who have worked on gathering the data necessary to create this map since Fall 2015. Another thank you to Zach Zwierko, Computer Science ’19 for the computer coding that made this map possible!

*Click the photo above to see UMW recognized on the Arbor Day Foundation website*