About Us

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.

Meet UMW Sustainability! 

Sustainability Coordinator:

Sean Morrow



Director, Landscape and Grounds:

Holly Chichester







UMW Sustainability interns work hard to make UMW a more sustainable campus, implement new projects, encourage student involvement and more. Interested in becoming an intern? Positions open up on a yearly basis, so check out Handshake or email us at sustainability@umw.edu

Anna Velardi –

Sustainability Programs Intern

My name is Anna Velardi and I’m a junior this year majoring in environmental science with a minor in digital studies. Outside of environmentalism and sustainability, my passions would be cookout sauce, brunch, and new girl reruns. I am so excited to be working with our office of sustainability and making a difference on our campus!

Jackson Davis –

Sustainability Outreach Intern

My name is Jackson Davis, and I am a senior Political Science major from Springfield, Virginia. I am also a member of the Men’s Lacrosse team and enjoy playing guitar in my free time

Katherine Cook –

Gardens & Grounds Intern

Katherine is a senior environmental science major on the social track. Some of her hobbies include kayaking, hiking and reading. She is passionate about climate justice and ocean pollution and is currently working on applying to graduate schools for environmental science.



The UMW Eco-Reps are student volunteers within the UMW Office of Sustainability who help make out mission to become a more sustainable school in action!  They solicit change through education and awareness at events, supporting research with our intern initiatives and more. EcoReps and the rest of the Office of Sustainability have a meeting once a month to catch up on events coming up and group projects. Click HERE to learn more! HERE is all the info on initiatives going on on campus & leader contacts [NOTE: this initiative list is constantly changing so keep checking in our come to out monthly meetings].