News & Events 2017-2018

Spring 2018


Annual Earth Day Festival Becomes Earth WEEK



UMW Hosts Author Erik Curren

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Erik Curren, author of “The Solar Patriot” gave students and staff a new perspective on nationwide solar power initiatives while dressed as a war patriot. If you or someone you know is skeptical about solar energy, check out his book here!


UMW Hosts F.O.R. “Wild  & Scenic Film Festival” 

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For the second year in a row, UMW hosted the Friends of the Rappahannock’s annual “Wild & Scenic Film Festival.” While there were some technical difficulties, the festival provided hundreds of Fredericksburg locals with 12 films celebrating the majesty of the outdoors.


Good Neighbor Day: Clean the Creek!

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Approximately 15 students volunteered to Clean the Creek on UMW’s campus for Good Neighbor Day. Litter and debri was taken out of the water ways and cleared away from storm drains to promote proper storm water drainage and sustainability.

Annual Shred Event

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In this annual event, confidential documents are shredded and recycled for free at the Physical Plant.


Live Event Watch Party of “Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance”


Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance Live Event watch party allowed members of the Fredericksburg and UMW community to meet other like minded individuals who want to organize to build local power and take climate action. Working together, we will end the use of fossil fuels and transition our world to 100% renewable energy for all.
Find out what you can do in your city to begin to build the Fossil Free future we need — and connect with other activists equally passionate about this work.



Fall 2017

COAR & Sustainability Partner for “No Buy November”

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For the whole month of November, COAR and UMW Sustainability partnered to promote minimalism. A documentary was shown emphasizing the importance of decluttering your life and to finish off the month, a social media contest sent winners home with free yoga classes, group fitness passes, and restaurant gift cards.

Pumpkin Composting



All pumpkin guts are gore were collected from the events “Carve for the Cure” and “Smash the Fear” and taken to Downtown Greens were they were composted into brand new soil for their gardens!

Parking Day


Sustainability, UMW commuters, and parking services put the “park” back in parking by transforming a parking spot into a relaxing space for students and employees.

UMW Green Gathering



Local organizations and students groups came together for an afternoon of environmental advocacy to kick off the new school year! Free snacks, raffle prizes, tie dye, and yard games made the event enjoyable while pamphlets about reducing, reusing, and recycling made it educational!

Landscape and Grounds Guru Retires After 31 Years of Advocacy 


After 31 years of dedicated advocacy, landscape and grounds guru Joni Wilson has retired! So much of UMW’s natural beauty is owed to Joni and we (and the trees) will miss her!

Click here to read her story!

F.O.R. Big Fall River Clean Up 


UMW Sustainability Department sponsored the Friends of the Rappahannock Big Fall River clean Up. These and other awesome volunteers collected over 6000 pounds of trash in just 2 hours!

COAR Into the Streets 

UMW students participate in last weekend's 2017 Into the Streets service activity. Photos by Christina Eggenberger.

Approximately 30 students spread out across the UMW Campus and parts of the surrounding neighborhood, removing litter and debris to prevent contamination of area Storm Water Facilities. Other Students participated in Public Park and charitable organizations property clean ups as well.