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Climate Change & Sustainability Programs

Get involved! Even a small act can have a big impact.

The Reves Center is proud to be a part of the Climate Action Plan. This plan will introduce steps to work towards W&M's carbon neutrality goals as a part of the Sustainability Plan.  Learn more about W&M's steps to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 in the Climate Action Roadmap. The goal of the Study Abroad Working Group is to explore and suggest ways to address emissions produced through study abroad travel, while still encouraging and supporting student participation by refining ideas and building consensus across the campus community. There are many ways for you to get involved! Even a small act can have a big impact.
Sustainable Programs Highlight - 4.11.22 at 6pm

W&M and UVA are co-hosting a virtual event highlighting programs that focus on topics related to sustainability and climate change such as sustainable development, biodiversity, and climate sciences. Watch the event here or read more about our Fall 2021 session in the Flat Hat

Panelists for this year's event:

  • Rowan Lockwood, PhD, Professor and Chair of Geology at William & Mary. Rowan Lockwood is chair of geology at William & Mary, where she joined the faculty in 2001. Lockwood is an internationally recognized paleobiologist who uses data from fossil records to predict how modern marine animals will respond to future environmental changes, including global warming. She has published in numerous leading journals including Science and Nature. Recently, Lockwood became a pioneer in the burgeoning field of conservation paleobiology, using information on fossil organisms to restore endangered ecosystems.
  • Robert Rose, PhD, Executive Director of the Institute for Integrative Conservation and Director of the Center for Geospatial Analysis at William & Mary. Robert Rose has over 15 years of global conservation, project development, and management and team leadership experience. He also served as the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Assistant Director of Conservation Support for nearly a decade and is well-versed in strengthening the conservation of landscapes and seascapes around the world. He has previously taught courses in Ecology a Conservation GIS at Columbia University as well as courses in Geography and Environmental Studies at Macalester College.
  • Mark White, PhD, Associate Professor of Commerce and Director of McIntire Business Institute at the University of Virginia. Mark White’s expertise lies in the areas of corporate finance and sustainable business practices. He teaches financial management in McIntire’s ICE program and the McIntire Business Institute, and he is actively involved in several research projects related to sustainable business, including efforts to model the environmental and financial implications of manufacturing biodiesel from microalgae. He is a veteran UVA study abroad program director, has sailed twice with Semester at Sea, and is a member of multiple sustainability-oriented committees and task forces.
list of sustainability and climate change programs
Green Travel Guide

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List of Study Abroad Programs 

Programs listed below offer at least one course focused on conservation, sustainable development, or climate change.

W&M Faculty Led Programs 

Third Party Programs 
[Note: Participation in Third Party Programs requires registration with the Global Education Office.]

*some programs may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19






Middle East



International Flight Emissions

Emissions produced as a result of air travel are considered Scope 3 emissions by the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol for W&M. Scope 3 emissions are the indirect result of business and can be claimed as Scope 1 (direct result emissions) by another company, in the case, the airline. Carbon emissions per international trip can be reduced by booking direct flights or as few connecting flights as possible. If traveling on an excursion while abroad, use public transportation such as train or bus whenever possible.

Travelers have a few options for flights that have no other travel alternative. Research airlines which have already made changes to reduce the amount of emissions through technological advances and book only in economy class. Carbon offsets can also be purchased to help offset the emissions produced by the flight. These offsets are usually a fraction of the total flight cost (typical roundtrip offset will cost: Barcelona $20, to London $18, to Beijing $34, to Sydney $37).




 If you have any questions or if you would like to join the Global Education Office's sustainbility efforts, please contact [[wmabroad01,wmabroad]]