December 18, 2017

UMW Board Establishes Fossil Fuel Investment Guideline

The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors has requested that the Board of the UMW Foundation revise its investment policy to limit discretionary fossil fuel investments to a range of two to four percent. This move comes on the heels of a comprehensive study conducted by a special subcommittee of The President’s Council on […]

UMW Hosts Shred Event for RecycleMania 2015

Demonstrating a continuous commitment to sustainability, the University of Mary Washington will host a community shred event for confidential document disposal as part of RecycleMania 2015 on Tuesday, March 3.   12_bell tower (4)The recycling event is open to local businesses and area residents in addition to UMW faculty, staff and students. Community members may deliver their materials to the William Street parking lot on Tuesday, March 3 beginning at 10 a.m. Materials will be accepted until 1 p.m. or when shredding capacity has been reached. There is a five box limit per vehicle. The shred event is a part of UMW’s participation in RecycleMania 2015, an annual eight-week tournament during which colleges and universities across the country compete to reduce, reuse and recycle on-campus waste. More than 390 schools will participate this year, representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. “You can make a difference with small actions,” said Joni Wilson, director of landscape and grounds. “The significance of waste reduction is often overlooked, but when you see statistics like ‘one-third of food produced for consumption is wasted each year,’ you see how it’s an important effort.” UMW currently ranks sixth in the international per capita competition with 6.27 pounds of recycled material per person, placing first in Virginia for the past two years. In 2014, UMW finished fourth nationally, collecting 244,944 total pounds of recycled material that placed the school 74th out of 336 schools for the gross weight of recyclables. For more information about the shred event and UMW’s sustainability efforts, visit sustainability.umw.edu/policies-and-practices/recycling9/recyclemania/annual-shred-event/ or contact Joni Wilson at jwilson@umw.edu.

2015 UMW RecycleMania Shred Event

recycle mania logoRecycling is an essential component of UMW’s commitment to sustainability. On Tuesday, March 3, as a part of RecycleMania 2015, we will host a Community Shred Event for confidential document disposal, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., in the William Street lot. Access complete instructions and pick-up schedule at:

http://sustainability.umw.edu/initiatives/waste-reduction/recycling9/recyclemania/annual-shred-event/

Important dates for UMW:

Wednesday, Feb. 25          Submit a Work Request for pick-up by 4 p.m. The Work Request must include:

  1. Material amounts (estimated number of boxes or bags)
  2. Location
  3. Responsible person: Person on site to verify the correct materials, we will not pick-up materials without             verification

Monday, March 2            Landscape and Grounds staff will provide pick-up of materials according to schedule. RM-3                                                        Records Destruction form must be taped to materials.

Materials:Materials must be in boxes or bags, boxes will not be returned.

ACCEPTED: office paper-based material, small metal fasteners such as paperclips and staples

REMOVE: 3-ring binders, hardcover books, newspapers, magazines, plastic objects, metal objects or electronic media such as CDs and DVDs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FREDERICKSBURG COMMUNITY:

The UMW Shred Event is open to local businesses and area residents. They may deliver their materials to the William Street lot on Tuesday, March 3. There is a 5 box limit per vehicle. Materials will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or the truck is full whichever occurs first.

Questions about the event can be directed to Joni Wilson, Director Landscape and Grounds at jwilson@umw.edu

UMW Places Fourth in International “RecycleMania”

The University of Mary Washington finished fourth nationally and, for the second consecutive year, placed first in Virginia in the annual RecyleMania competition. The top-10 finish came among 330 schools in the “per capita” category that measures the percentage of recyclables per person.

Students and faculty  used 2-liter plastic bottles to create a community garden greenhouse. Photo courtesy of the UMW Ecology Club.

Students and faculty used 2-liter plastic bottles to create a community garden greenhouse. Photo courtesy of the UMW Ecology Club.

The annual eight-week RecycleMania Tournament raises awareness of the importance of recycling and waste reduction at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada with a competition based on how much recycling, trash and food waste schools collect. A total of 461 schools participated this year, representing more than 5.3 million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

UMW also participated in the “gorilla” category, which measures the gross weight of combined recyclables, and ranked 74th out of 336 schools with 244,944 total pounds recycled.

UMW’s recycling efforts resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 343 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or 67 cars removed from the road, or the energy consumption of 30 households, according to UMW Director of Landscape and Grounds Joni Wilson.

“UMW students, faculty and staff should be very proud of their part,” Wilson said. “It takes a lot of work from volunteers and staff to not only collect the 244,944 pounds of recycling but to report and track the statistics as well.”

The complete results for all 11 categories can be found on http://recyclemania.org, including a breakdown of how schools performed by athletic conference, institution size and state.

2014 UMW RecycleMania Shred Event

Recycling is an essential component of UMW’s commitment to sustainability.  On Tuesday, March 4, as a part of RecycleMania 2014, we will host a Community Shred Event for confidential document disposal, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the William Street lot.  To access complete instructions and pick-up schedule, go to http://sustainability.umw.edu/initiatives/waste-reduction/recycling9/recyclemania/annual-shred-event. The date for the Shred Event has changed from March 6, which is now a UMW holiday.

Please note these important dates:

Friday, Feb. 28   A work request must be submitted by 4 p.m. and include:

  1. Material amounts (estimated number of boxes or bags)
  2. Location
  3. Responsible person: Person on site to verify the correct materials, we will not pick-up materials without  verification

Monday, March 3   Landscape and Grounds staff will pick up materials according to schedule.
RM-3 Records Destruction form must be taped to materials.

Materials must be in boxes or bags, boxes will not be returned.

Items accepted include:  Office paper-based material, small metal fasteners such as paperclips and staples

Please remove 3-ring binders, hardcover books, newspapers, magazines, plastic objects, metal objects or electronic media such as CDs and DVDs.

The UMW Shred Event also is open to local businesses and area residents who may deliver their materials to the William Street lot on Tuesday, March 4. There is a 5-box limit per vehicle. Materials will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., or until the truck is full, whichever occurs first.

If you have questions about the event, contact Joni Wilson, director of Landscape and Grounds at jwilson@umw.edu.

RecycleMania Returns to UMW, Through March 29

Beginning this week through March 29, the University of Mary Washington will join colleges and universities across the country in RecycleMania, an annual eight-week competition to reduce, reuse and recycle on-campus waste. More than 450 schools will participate this year, representing all 50 states and three Canadian provinces.

Director of Landscape and Grounds Joni Wilson shows off a recycled bike. The bike is making its debut on campus as part of RecycleMania.

Director of Landscape and Grounds Joni Wilson shows off a recycled bike. The bike is making its debut on campus as part of RecycleMania. Photo courtesy of Andrea Livi-Smith.

This year is UMW’s sixth time in the Per Capita Classic Competition category, which measures the percentage of recycled materials per person.

In 2013, UMW ranked first place within Virginia, and 12th overall in the competition category.

To earn first place, UMW recycled 37.544 pounds of materials per person over eight weeks, which is equivalent to more than 200,000 pounds of recyclables kept out of landfills. The 182 metric tons of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere through recycling equaled the equivalent of taking 97 cars off the road.

“RecycleMania is a fun way to bring attention to campus recycling,” said Joni Wilson, director of landscape and grounds.

Throughout the competition, self-proclaimed “RecycleManiacs” will visit residence halls to collect recyclables and will recognize students and faculty for their recycling efforts on campus. On Thursday, March 6, UMW will hold its annual Shred Event starting at 10 a.m. in the William Street parking lot. Faculty, staff, students and members of the Fredericksburg community are invited to shred their confidential documents for free.

On March 11, students and faculty will use 2-liter plastic bottles to continue a community garden greenhouse. Photo courtesy of the UMW Ecology Club.

On March 11, students and faculty will use 2-liter plastic bottles to continue a community garden greenhouse. Photo courtesy of the UMW Ecology Club.

On Tuesday, March 11, UMW will use recycled bottle caps to create an 8-by-4-foot mosaic and plastic 2-liter bottles to create a community garden greenhouse on Ball Circle.

UMW’s year-round recycling categories of cardboard, mixed paper and co-mingled glass, aluminum and plastics will remain the same during the competition. Statistics and weekly recycling data will be published throughout the competition at http://recyclemaniacs.org/.

Wheels of Change

Art students give old bikes a new and more colorful life.

UMW Hosts “CLEAR” Planning Session, Nov. 13

The University of Mary Washington is spearheading the creation of a Climate, Environment and Readiness (CLEAR) plan to support the quality of life of the Fredericksburg region. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, community leaders and concerned residents came together to set preparedness goals, prioritize needs and start coordinating plans for a CLEAR blueprint.CLEAR has five main goals, including protecting private property by creating and coordinating plans for floods and severe weather emergencies; preserving our resources and open spaces; identifying sustainable activities that save money for homeowners, businesses and local governments; enhancing resilience through activities aimed at preventing crises; and diversifying our regional economy by attracting new businesses that build green jobs. “Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline have a well-deserved pride in preserving historic legacies,” said Richard Finkelstein, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in a recent op-ed. “They share in the beauty that distinguishes our region. Our infrastructure is strained. The environment of our area is at risk. But by working together to strengthen resilience we can grow our economy, sustain the values that have made us strong, and be optimistic about the future of our region.” Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, a signatory for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, addressed the group at 8:30 a.m. UMW Professors Melanie Szulczewki, Alan Griffith and Grant Woodwell discussed sustainability, diversity and global climate change, respectively, during the morning sessions. The planning session concluded with breakout groups at 10:30 a.m. led by representatives of Marstel-Day, Public Works of Stafford, Friends of the Rappahannock, Worrell Management and the National Academy of Environmental Design. For more information, contact Richard Finkelstein, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at rfinkels@umw.edu.

UMW Launches Litter Prevention Campaign

The University of Mary Washington will take part in the Keep America Beautiful® Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, a national program to reduce the impact of cigarette butt litter.

UMW is partnering with the Fredericksburg Clean & Green Commission in their efforts to reduce cigarette butt litter in the City of Fredericksburg

UMW is partnering with the Fredericksburg Clean & Green Commission in their efforts to reduce cigarette butt litter in the City of Fredericksburg

In its first year, UMW will target cigarette butt litter throughout the campus with a concentrated and sustained effort and will partner with the Fredericksburg Clean & Green Commission in their efforts to reduce cigarette butt litter in the City of Fredericksburg. This year’s campaign theme is “Butts are Litter Too.”

To kick start the campaign, student volunteers will hand out pocket ash trays on the Fredericksburg campus from Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 13.

The Keep America Beautiful® Cigarette Litter Prevention Program tackles the issue by integrating four proven approaches: encouraging enforcement of litter laws, including cigarette litter; raising awareness about the issue using signs and public service messages; placing ash receptacles at transition points such as entrances to public buildings; and distributing pocket ashtrays to adult smokers.

In 2012, nearly 240 communities reported an average 42 percent reduction in littered butts as a result of implementing the program. Tobacco products, including cigarette butts, are the most-littered item in America, representing nearly 38 percent of all items, according to “Litter in America,” the Keep America Beautiful® landmark 2009 study of litter and littering behavior.  This research also showed that individuals who would never litter items such as beverage cans or paper packaging may not consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground “littering.”

The “Butts are Litter Too Campaign” is only one of UMW’s sustainability efforts centered on waste reduction. University waste reduction efforts include participation in Recyclemania, a national recycling contest, in which UMW placed first in Virginia in 2012 and 2013. In addition, the university has partnered with Sodexo Inc. for a comprehensive food waste reduction campaign, including reusable take-out containers, composting and raising student awareness of the economic, environmental and social impact of food waste.

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful® has field-tested and expanded the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program since 2003, funded by Philip Morris USA, an Altria company, and with additional support from Reynolds American Inc. Services Company.  Information about starting and maintaining a community Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is available online.  The “Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention” can be accessed through the Keep America Beautiful® website www.kab.org or directly at www.preventcigarettelitter.org.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of over 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, go to www.kab.org.

UMW Dining Chosen for Sustainable Seafood Initiative

The University of Mary Washington’s Eagle Dining is a part of Sodexo’s new Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable seafood program. The program ensures that customers can trace the origins of their seafood to its original source. UMW is one of 11 locations in the Washington, D.C. metro area in the program, including Marymount University and George Mason University. Each of the participating corporate, university and public institutions obtained MSC Chain of Custody certification, a comprehensive traceability program that assures customers the seafood can be traced back through the supply chain to the fishery. “We have a unique opportunity to leverage the scale of our supply chain in an approach to seafood procurement that benefits consumers and communities alike,” said Deborah Hecker, vice president for sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Sodexo. “The future of wild caught seafood depends on recognizing and rewarding sustainable fishing practices. This program helps our clients and consumers do that.” Eagle Dining by Sodexo, a Virginia Green certified business, has served UMW for more than a decade. It received The Marstel-Day and Stafford Printing Green Frontier Award in 2013 for excellence in green business practices. Sodexo, Inc., provides a full spectrum of quality of life service in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Sodexo, Inc., also funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has made more than $17 million in grants to fight hunger in America.