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W&M Green Fee funds 13 projects to advance sustainability

The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability has announced the spring 2024 Green Fee awards. This semester, 13 proposals were approved to receive a total of $211,019 in grants. These projects will advance W&M’s sustainability through academic research, educational opportunities and improved technologies and operational systems.

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W&M announces spring, summer 2021 Green Fee awards

With the promotion of sustainable practices at the forefront of these grants, the Committee on Sustainability members approved a total of $35,712 to be spent across a broad spectrum or projects, from academia and research, to operations that advance sustainability on campus.

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W&M awards seven sustainability projects Green Fee grants

The William & Mary Green Fee, established in 2008 by student request, has provided over $1.6 million in funding for sustainability-related projects. This fall, the W&M Committee on Sustainability (COS) awarded Green Fee proposals for seven sustainability-related projects, totaling $24,038.

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W&M announces 2020 spring Green Fee projects

The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability has announced the spring 2020 Green Fee awards, which will be awarded to seven campus projects.

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W&M, other universities collaborate on virtual Earth Week

The William & Mary community celebrated Earth Week virtually this spring, working with other Virginia universities to offer events accessible to the public through multiple online platforms.

Virginia Solar Congress Held at William & Mary School of Education

Solar United Neighbors' fourth annual Virginia Solar Congress was held on Saturday, November 16 at the William & Mary School of Education. The event attracted members of the William & Mary community, in addition to residents from across Virginia.

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W&M eliminates single-use plastics in dining halls

As part of the university’s ongoing sustainability efforts, William & Mary Dining Services implemented a phase-out to use up its remaining stock of single-use plastics on the way to switching to alternatives.

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W&M sustainability director shares tips for greener holidays

Calandra Waters Lake, William & Mary's director of sustainability, used her own family’s holiday practices as a guide to give suggestions on how people can lessen their impact on the Earth while celebrating the holidays.

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W&M announces fall 2019 Green Fee projects

William & Mary’s Committee on Sustainability recently awarded fall Green Fee grants for sustainability-related projects at the university.

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W&M Dining Services cultivating honey for on-campus use

William & Mary students already eat lots of vegetables grown nearby as part of the university’s partnership with KelRae Farm, but this fall, menus will be abuzz with the addition of honey.

Spring Green Fee projects announced

The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability announced which groups will receive a total of $74,466 to be dedicated to sustainability projects around campus.

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Green Fee Award helps shine light on VIMS

The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability will support another eco-friendly project at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science as part of its fall 2017 Green Fee awards.

For the greater green and gold

Terra Alpha Investments advocates for companies to adopt environmentally smart practices.

From bees to LEDs, grants support sustainability projects across W&M

The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability this fall awarded more than $50,000 in funding to faculty, students and staff for sustainability projects on campus and in the local community through Green Fee grants.

Blue crabs more tolerant of low oxygen than previously thought

Results of a new study led by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science show that adult blue crabs are much more tolerant of low-oxygen, “hypoxic” conditions than previously thought.

Biodiversity promotes multitasking in ecosystems

A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity is even more important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems than previously thought.

Fall 2014 GreenFees Announced

The Fall 2014 GreenFee funding has been awarded to students, faculty, and staff for sustainability initiatives of all kinds!

First Annual Sustainability Summit

Join us for the first annual Sustainability Summit on Nov. 2nd in the Brinkley Commons of Miller Hall!

Partnership explores feasibility of community-supported fishery

A new partnership between Virginia Sea Grant and the College of William and Mary is exploring whether a community-supported fishery is a feasible means to help reverse this trend by promoting greater consumption of locally harvested fish and shellfish.

W&M improves rating on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card

The College of William & Mary received a “B+” overall on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, improving on last year’s “B” and continuing the upward trajectory in sustainability efforts and achievements by the College.

Green College Surveys: COS Responds to The Flat Hat

The Committee on Sustainability co-chairs set the record straight about the College's participation in green surveys following an erroneous article published by W&M's student newspaper, The Flat Hat.

William & Mary launches expanded recycling program

Beginning this month, faculty, staff and students will find a number of new large recycling containers across campus to collect paper, glass, plastic bottles and aluminum or tin cans.

Let the garden grow

Jane Gray Morris '13 uses a summer grant from the Committee on Sustainability to revitalize sustainably gardening behind the Caf.

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Princeton Review ranks William & Mary among the best

William & Mary's faculty, library and undergraduate happiness level have again been ranked among the best in the country, according to the latest survey by The Princeton Review.

Back to the farm

Diners in Williamsburg-area eateries late this summer may be tasting the results of a William & Mary sustainable agriculture internship.

Five Summer Sustainability Internships Awarded

The Committee on Sustainability (COS) announced the funding of five awards for Sustainability Internships for the summer of 2010. This is the second year for these awards.

Mason gets high marks for sustainability and marketing

The Undergraduate Business Program at the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary ranks second in the areas of sustainability and marketing, according to the Bloomberg Businessweek Best Business Programs by Specialty 2010.

Miller Hall receives LEED gold

Home of the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, one of the nation's oldest universities, is one of a handful of academic buildings earning Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

W&M country's first DOT university

W&M, in the midst of a campus-wide campaign focused on institutional and individual sustainability, has become the nation's first "Do One Thing" university.

W&M Dining Services to compost food waste

W&M's Dining Services officially launched its program to compost much of the food waste from the dining facilities on campus, cutting its waste production by approximately one third.

Fall 2009 campus sustainability projects announced

The College's Committee on Sustainability (COS) has announced its fall 2009 round of project funding via the student green fee. Out of 26 proposals totaling almost $250,000 in requests, 12 were awarded funding at the committee's November meeting for a total of $78,759.

ChAP scientists comment on benefits of algal biofuel

A letter from several participants in the Chesapeake Algae Program is printed in the leading journal "Science." The writers point out several environmental benefits of using algae as biofuel feedstock.

Students research green roof possibilities for W&M campus

Last month, more than 20 students from various organizations - including the College's Committee on Sustainability, the Sharpe Community Scholars Program, the EcoHouse, and the Student Environmental Action Coalition - completed the College's first green roof test plots.

Sustainability summer interns save thousands

As interns for the Committee on Sustainability (COS), Tyler Koontz '09 and Judi Sclafani '11 spent their summer months evaluating William & Mary's recycling and waste services. Thanks to that work - and a recommendation by the students - the College will now save $40,000 annually.

Greenhouse gas emissions reduced 16% since 2002

William & Mary reduced its carbon emissions 16 percent per square foot of building space since 2002, according to the College's first official greenhouse gas inventory released this week.

W&M's beautiful, new Miller Hall completed

Construction on the 166,000-square-foot Alan B. Miller Hall, located at the corner of Jamestown Road and Ukrop Way, has been completed, and the building is ready for its first full semester of classes beginning Aug. 24.

W&M ranks high in Princeton Review survey

William & Mary's faculty, libraries and student contentment help rank the college among the nation's very best in annual Princeton Review ranking.

Harnessing the Sun's Power

New project will demonstrate the viability of harnessing solar energy to supplement campus power as a part of the College of William and Mary's sustainability initiative.

Taking the Chill Off

Is your work area or dorm too cold for your comfort this winter?

Swem to Install SensorSwitches

One of the recently-awarded grants from the Committee on Sustainability will go towards energy-saving SensorSwitches.