UMW Sustainability works with many local organizations to volunteer, educate and promote sustainability in the area. Connect with a few of our sustainability community partners below!
Fredericksburg Food Co-op
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.