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Plans & Progress

  • AASHE Member
    AASHE Member  William & Mary is a proud member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  
  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)
    Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)  STARS, an AASHE program, has awarded William & Mary with a Silver rating.  
  • Virginia Green Travel Alliance
    Virginia Green Travel Alliance  VGTA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has supported green tourism in Virginia since 2014. To learn more about the organization, visit  
  • ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS)
    ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS)  William & Mary is a CIMS-Green Building certified institution with honors.  
  • Bicycle Friendly University
    Bicycle Friendly University  Since 2017, William & Mary is proudly a Silver Award winning Bicycle Friendly University. The recognition is made by the League of American Bicyclists.  
  • Worker Rights Consortium
    Worker Rights Consortium  WRC collaborates with workers and civil society organizations around the globe to work towards systemic change in supply chains. To learn more about what they do, visit  
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As one of the oldest institutions in the United States, sustainability is a familiar tenant at William & Mary. Much progress has been made and much lies ahead, but all rests on a common understanding that progress is made together.

W&M has received recognition for its efforts and innovation, and is a contributing member of many forward thinking organizations. Thank you to the many departments and offices who champion sustainability in their area!

Addressing sustainability at an overarching level that recognizes the interdependent nature of our world and all communities in it, paints a holistic picture that sparks innovative and impactful solutions. Preparing students to be informed, wellrounded, critical, system thinkers is one of the greatest contributions towards sustainability a university can achieve. W&M prepares students not only in the classroom setting, but in faculty and student research, community involvement, international engagement, and the experience of living on an increasingly sustainable campus.

As a hub of learning, we provide our community with the opportunity to experiment, reflect, refine, and try again - acting as a hotbed for transformative agents of change. The cross-campus involvement in the creation of these plans, from students, faculty and staff spans W&M’s schools, departments and offices, and demonstrates how sustainability is woven into the fabric of this university. These university-wide plans were built by our Tribe, recognizing the value in community and the well-being of all. These are living documents, meant to steer progress and share vision, while allowing us to reflect, refine and innovate along the way.