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Report Card 2010

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University of Mary Washington
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Courtesy of University of Mary Washington

School details:

Endowment: $32 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Enrollment: 4,296


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


An application was submitted by Nathaniel Delano to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2010.  A grant was awarded to cover the cost of inclusion.   Learn more  about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
B -
The University of Mary Washington's mission statement emphasizes energy efficiency, conservation, and considering sustainability in supplier contacts. A committee composed of administrators, staff, faculty, and students worked on preparing recommendations for a sustainable strategic plan to be approved in fall 2009. The sustainability office employs one part-time coordinator.
After partnering with an energy savings company, UMW sponsored a behavioral change campaign targeting students. The campus has undergone several energy efficiency upgrades including implementing a building automation system that schedules energy use around building occupancy. UMW is in the process of compiling a greenhouse gas inventory.
Dining services purchases food from five local farms and ten local processors and also offers fair trade coffee and tea. All seafood is sustainably caught. The residential dining hall hosts Trayless Tuesdays to reduce waste.
The university has a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification on all new construction and renovations. UMW currently has three building projects that are pending LEED certification, one of which includes a green roof. Ninety-three percent of campus lighting fixtures have been upgraded for efficiency.
New-student orientation features a "Going Green at UMW" session that raises awareness and presents opportunities for students to become involved in sustainability. The university has an Eco-Reps program, and the student-led Ecology Club planned Sustainability Day in 2008 and sponsored a compact fluorescent lightbulb exchange.
The regional transit system is free for all UMW students and offered at reduced cost for faculty and staff. The university's fleet includes one hybrid vehicle. Approximately 40 percent of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation.
The university makes a list of mutual funds, private equity holdings, and venture capital holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. This information is sent to individuals upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds and urban development real estate vehicles. UMW uses investment managers that consider sustainability factors.
The university provides its investment managers with specific environmental, social, and corporate governance guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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