Spring 2019 Issue

W&M's New Plan for Sustainability

Going Green

By Jennifer L. Williams

William & Mary has adopted its first long-range, comprehensive Sustainability Plan, which outlines the university’s vision for environmental and other forms of sustainability over the next five years.

As part of this plan, the university has signed onto the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s Billion Dollar Green Challenge, pledging to grow its green revolving fund for environmental efforts from $200,000 to $1 million by 2025. The university is the first public institution in Virginia to join the challenge.

“William & Mary’s 326-year history of exceptional academics, civic engagement and innovation equip the university to meet the challenges of a sustainable future,” President Katherine Rowe said. “As an institution that prepares students to be global citizens, we view our campus as a lab for generating innovative solutions to the many challenges confronting the world today — be they environmental, social, individual or economic. This plan articulates that vision.”