October 1, 2023

Raising the Rails

Maxime Devilliers loves the Virginia Railway Express. The University of Mary Washington senior relishes the views of the river, the clean train, the friendly atmosphere and the cheap fare. But there is a big problem that prevents him from riding.

Mason and Randolph Receive LEED Gold Certification

The Mason and Randolph residence halls have just received LEED Gold Certification from the Green Building Certification Institute. The building projects include parking for low emitting and fuel efficient vehicles, protection and restoration of habitat, and open space maximization.

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Shred Event on Tuesday, March 29

UMW is in the seventh week of RecycleMania 2011, an annual recycling competition among colleges across the country, and there has been a dramatic increase of recycled materials collected on campus since the competition began. Through the week of March 18th, UMW collected 8,532.5 pounds of recyclable materials.
Dre Anthes, assistant dean of admissions, is organizing the UMW Shred Event for March 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faculty, staff, students, and the Fredericksburg community are invited to bring boxed, confidential items to the parking lots on the Stafford campus and William Street at Sunken Road to be shredded. Anthes organized the community-wide shred event to help boost UMW recycling numbers during RecycleMania. Anthes is encouraging colleagues “to shred old student files that have been sitting in a storage for years, simply because we now have this opportunity to dispose of these items properly, at no cost to us.”
PROSHRED, a professional mobile shredding company has donated time to the UMW event. Materials collected by PROSHRED will be taken to a recycling center for baling and then transferred to a paper mill — most likely Capitol Fiber in Springfield for pulping,” according to PROSHRED worker Steve Theobald.

A Holiday Message from your President’s Council on Sustainability

The UMW PCS wishes you each a “green” holiday season, and encourages you to care for the environment while celebrating the season.

Buy Green

  • Look for locally made.
  • Choose gifts made from recycled content.

Gift wrapping

  • Use newspaper or brown kraft paper that can be recycled
  • Use tape sparingly, or not at all.

Social Responsibility

  • Volunteer at a local charity.
  • Make a donation in someone’s name instead of purchasing a gift.


  • Shop at thrift stores or “gently” used stores for unique gifts.
  • Recycle festive holiday trees for wood chips or compost material.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

UMW President’s Council on Sustainability