Get Involved

Interested in making a greater commitment to Sustainability at UMW? Check out these options on how below!


Current initiatives/projects being worked on by Office volunteers & staff HERE

Current volunteer & event opportunities at UMW & community HERE


Join the UMW Sustainability team by applying for…

EcoRep Team

The EcoRep team is made up of students who are passionate about sustainability, advocacy and volunteering with UMW Sustainability to help make UMW greener! Volunteer opportunities range from working with the pollinator gardens, helping with events, developing new initiatives and more. We welcome all efforts and creativity. To learn more about the duties of an EcoRep click EcoRep above this description^^ HERE is a list of our current initiatives being worked on by volunteers, interns & the coordinator.

Internships

UMW Sustainability is excited to open up our NEW internship program! These internships give students the opportunity to help grow and strengthen UMW Sustainability’s mission. Students also developing personal skills that will make them standout to employers and help you advance in your dream career.

*Click Internship –> log into Handshake –> search Office of Sustainability add see what is open for applying today!!


Join one of UMW’s environmental clubs!  

Ecology Club

A student environmental group on campus working to promote sustainability through action and awareness. Our club mission has 3 main goals; enjoyment, education and action.The Ecology Club works toward these goals on campus, in the Fredericksburg community, around the state and through involvement in larger environmental movements.

 

Botany Club

UMW Botany Club is committed to educating students and celebrating biology, ecology, and the practical uses of plants. Botany club is focused on a wide range of plant-related topics from basic principles of seed saving and gardening to specific topics like how to ferment hot sauce and breed plants. Besides education botany club also  pursues projects like planting and maintaining edible plants around the campus to provide fresher produce for the dining hall, the students, and the community through donations to local food banks. Botany Club hopes to plant a seed of change on this campus which will only grow stronger over the coming years.

 

BEAM (Better Energy Awareness & Mobilization)

BEAM is a renewable energy activism club that is currently working and advocating for UMW’s energy to be sourced from 100% renewable energy! Meetings are every other Monday at 4pm in the HCC. If you are interested in joining the club, or signing the petition supporting getting renewable energy, email BEAM at beamumw@gmail.com.

 

 

ADOPTA

ADOPTA Rainforest is a non-profit organization located in Panama who purchases tropical forest land to create a private nature reserve and save the rainforest from deforestation. ADOPTA UMW fundraises for this organization and spread awareness of the effects of deforestation.

 

 


Join the President’s Council on Sustainability!

The President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) was formed in the fall of 2009 and consists of faculty, staff, and students giving the PCS a dynamic perspective on sustainability on campus.


Fredericksburg Food Coop

The Fredericksburg Food Co-op will be a full service member-owned grocery store. Its focus will be on locally grown and locally sourced products. Their vision is to be a place to shop as well as a gathering place for people and ideas. They aim to implement the most environmentally sustainable practices in all aspects of their operation and to join others in working toward positive environmental goals for the community.

 

Virginia Cooperative Extension/Master Gardeners

Since 1979, Virginia Extension Master Gardeners have served communities throughout the Commonwealth by providing unbiased and research-based horticultural information to home gardeners.

Master Gardeners provide a resource for all Extension program areas and for professionals from many other agencies. They provide communities with locally identified programs, including answers to individual questions via hotlines and plant clinics; radio, newspaper, and computer links; educational programs to meet targeted needs; education for the preservation of historic landscapes; urban tree planting programs; and guidance in making the natural environment accessible to all residents regardless of disabilities, incomes, or where they live.

 

 

Tri-County City Soil and Water Conservation

Tri-County/City SWCD has served the Commonwealth of Virginia Counties of King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and the City of Fredericksburg since 1944. They are a political subdivision, focusing on natural resource problems and solutions. Like other conservation districts, Tri-County/City SWCD is self-governed and non-profit and establishes priorities, sets policy, and administers programs to conserve soil and water resources.

Tri-County/City SWCD is not a regulatory agency. Instead, the agency provides technical assistance, information, educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and newsletters to citizens on many aspects of water quality, nonpoint source pollution, and stream health.

 

 

Clean and Green Commission

The purpose of this commission is to ensure effective planning and maintenance of landscape elements and amenities, and to encourage a clean and aesthetically pleasing environment in our City. The commission serves the general welfare of the citizens and visitors of the City of Fredericksburg. Regular meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at the City Hall conference room and the sub-committees meet at different schedules throughout the year. Meetings are open to the public! For more information and to view the schedule of meetings click Here or follow their page on Facebook.

 

 

Fredericksburg chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization empowering people to experience breakthroughs exercising their personal and political power. The Fredericksburg chapter is just one of hundreds of chapters across the world working to create the political will for a livable world. They are working for the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, the climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world.

 

 

Friends of the Rappahannock

Friends of the Rappahannock works at the local, state, and federal level to ensure the maximum protections for the Rappahannock River. This includes a wide range of programs, issues, and campaigns that takes us across the watershed and beyond including education programs which empower all age groups to create river stewards who will care for the Rappahannock for generations.

 

 

 

Fossil Free Fredericksburg

Fossil Free Fredericksburg is a volunteer-based community group that is part of a nation-wide movement, inspiring our city’s leaders to commit to 100% clean energy by 2050. Over 115 cities and counties, and six states, in the US have made this commitment and they believe that Fredericksburg should join them. Their goal is for the Fredericksburg City Council to make a commitment to move to 100% clean and renewable energy for all its electrical power needs by 2050, and then help them get it done.


 

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