Letter from Former UMW President Hurley

President Richard V. Hurley
Richard V. Hurley
University of Mary Washington

July 1, 2010

To the Campus Community,

The University of Mary Washington has long supported responsible use of resources, and today we commit to University-wide behaviors that help us meet present and future needs. We do this by adopting the University of Mary Washington Sustainability Policies and Practices.

Last fall, the President’s Council on Sustainability was formed as an advisory group to the president and other University decision makers. Its task is to determine how to manage our resources to meet the social, economic, and environmental needs of the present without compromising the ability to meet the needs of future generations. In other words, it advises us on how to operate sustainably.

Under the 2009 UMW Strategic Plan, sustainability is an essential component of the University’s efforts to ensure that students, faculty, and staff take responsibility for what they do. These actions also support Virginia Executive Order 82, Greening of State Government.

The Sustainability Policies and Practices document defines what we at UMW must do to adopt sustainable practices. It demonstrates UMW’s desire to reduce the environmental impact of daily operations, and it is meant to inspire such measures in other universities, businesses, and neighboring communities.

With adoption of the UMW Sustainability Policies and Practices, we commit to:

  • Reducing generation of solid waste
  • Encouraging the purchase of products that promote sustainability
  • Conserving energy
  • Conserving water
  • Promoting alternative modes of transportation

Once these policies and practices are adopted, the President’s Council on Sustainability’s work is not finished. Through conservation and education, the group will continue to guide the University toward better stewardship of resources.

I am enthusiastic about our commitment to responsible behavior, and I look forward to working with all of you to make the University of Mary Washington a leader in sustainability.


Richard V. Hurley President