The University of Mary Washington has received the “Virginia Green Travel Leader Award” for environmentally friendly initiatives on its three campuses.
Virginia Green is a state program that encourages green practices in the tourism industry.
UMW is one of 16 organizations that received the 2014 award for “exemplary commitments to green practices.”
Through its sustainability initiatives, UMW offers green amenities on its Fredericksburg, Stafford and Dahlgren campuses.
Those initiatives include obtaining LEED silver certification for the new Information and Technology Convergence Center, finishing No. 1 per capita in Virginia’s 2014 RecycleMania competition, collaborating with the city of Fredericksburg on a campaign against cigarette butt litter and working to earn a “Tree Campus USA” designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for the main campus.
The largest of these programs is the recycling initiative, which collects recyclable trash in all buildings and at all outdoor events.
During 2014, UMW students custom-painted the lids of recycling bins to draw more attention to the effort.
The university estimates its collection of 244,944 pounds of material during the 2014 nationwide RecycleMania competition was comparable to removing 67 cars from the road, or the equivalent of the energy consumption of 30 households.