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Academics & Research

Perhaps our broadest and deepest positive impact on climate action will be through our educational and academic activities. Students, staff and faculty will strengthen their focus on sustainability and connect their current and emerging careers to global challenges of significant importance. The goals within this section align greatly with both the current strengths of the institution as well as to the strategic vision of the future. By incorporating a sustainability lens into our integrated teaching/learning/research portfolios we will, collectively, make an impactful difference at W&M and beyond.

Centralized Website

Sustainability Plan Education
Description: Develop a centralized website through which students and faculty can more easily explore W&M sustainability classes, programs, research, organizations and events – by organizing and promoting our current sustainability assets in a more inclusive, comprehensive way by 2020.
Champions: Office of Sustainability
Source: Sustainability Plan

Plan Information

Sustainability Plan Information
Description: We are uniquely positioned to help address the challenges of a changing world through student impact and university research.
Champions: Office of Sustainability
Source: Sustainability Plan

Curriculum Teaching

Curriculum & Teaching
Description: Encourage academic units to further incorporate climate and sustainability into teaching and research.
Champions: Office of the Provost
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Research and Scholarship

Research & Scholarship
Description: Encourage academic units to further incorporate climate and sustainability into research and scholarship.
Champions: Office of the Provost
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

All Time Coming

For All Time Coming
Description: Build student sustainability knowledge while providing experiential and applied learning opportunities anchored in the Tidewater region from their first-year to their last – and beyond.
Champions: Student Transition Engagement Programs, Office of the Provost, Office of Sustainability
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Employee Development

Employee Development
Description: Sustainability is part of every new employee’s training and all employee’s professional development offerings.
Champions: Human Resources, Office of Sustainability
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Coastal Resiliency Certificate

Sustainability Certificates, Coastal Resiliency
Description: Explore a coastal resiliency certificate with the potential to create a suite of sustainability certificates.
Champions: W&M Law School Virginia Coastal Policy Center, VIMS Center for Coastal Resource Management, Office of Sustainability
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Curriculum Research Support

Curriculum & Research Support
Description: Provide tools, resources, and opportunities for faculty in all areas to incorporate sustainability into curriculum and research.
Champions: Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation, Office of Sustainability, Vice Provost for Research
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Alignment with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

4: Quality Education17: Partnerships for the Goals9: Innovation, Innovation and Infrastructure 

Sustainability Publications

William & Mary's Sustainability Plan & Climate Action Roadmap guide how we as an institution intend to tackle the current challenges on climate change, promoting sustainability for public good and producing leaders to serve for a sustainable future. View or print the following university publications, available in PDF format.