News & Events 2010-2011

2011 UMW graduates to sport “Eco-Friendly” regalia

The University of Mary Washington’s Class of 2011 will wear eco-friendly caps and gowns during next spring’s graduation. This switch to biodegradable, recycled regalia made from renewable materials represents part of UMW ongoing move toward greater sustainability. Erma Baker, Kathy Underwood, and Paula Zero lead the push to “green” graduation by working very closely with UMW’s regalia vendor, Jostens. More information can be found in either of the Freelance Star articles: UMW Commencment Gowns Going Green (Printed November 6, 2010) or UMW graduation to be “eco-friendly” (web-only)

Sustainability day 2010: food, music, planting, knowledge!

Sustainability Day

Sustainability Day 2010 was a 3-part extravaganza all in the name of sustainability at Mary Washington. We kicked the day off with a Community Plant Exchange and Riparian Buffer Tree Planting with UMW Facilities. The afternoon barbeque, activity and education portion of Sustainability Day included a cookout with veggie burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, live music from One Note Stand and the Symphonics, an eco-club clothing swap (where students bring old clothing and trade for “ new” clothing!), recycling crafts and relay races with residence life sustainability organizers, sustainability products from the bookstore and SHH, and information about sustainability at UMW andaround Fredericksburg from COAR, the George Washington Regional Commission, and more!

UMW installs energy efficient laundry machines

The University of Mary Washington has added new energy-efficient washing machines to all residence halls, including Eagle Landing, in a move expected to save more than 1 million gallons of water annually! More information can be found in the Freelance Star article, Green Washing Machines at UMW