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Operations & Community Action

Addressing climate change will take us all — from changes in policy to shifts in behavior, we are in this together. Pooling our action as one community, each using our sphere of influence towards positive change, these goals and strategies are a blend of actions, partnerships and invitations to help us all become more sustainable and tackle climate change.

Grow Funding

Sustainability Plan Resource
Description: Grow the W&M green revolving fund to $1 million by 2025, funding cost-saving projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or resource use.
Champions: President’s Office, Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, Procurement, Finance & Student Transition Engagement Programs
Source: Sustainability Plan

Plan Procurement

Sustainability Plan Procurement
Description: W&M will reduce the ecological footprint of our campus, foster healthy environments, and improve the well-being of our community through reduced resource use and impact, strategic practices, and smart design.
Champions: Office of Procurement
Source: Sustainability Plan

Food

Sustainability Plan Food
Description: W&M will reduce the ecological footprint of our campus, foster healthy environments, and improve the well-being of our community through reduced resource use and impact, strategic practices, and smart design.
Champions: Dining Services
Source: Sustainability Plan

Transportation

Sustainability Plan Transportation
Description: W&M will reduce the ecological footprint of our campus, foster healthy environments, and improve the well-being of our community through reduced resource use and impact, strategic practices, and smart design.
Champions: Parking & Transportation
Source: Sustainability Plan

Diversion

Sustainability Plan Diversion
Description: W&M will reduce the ecological footprint of our campus, foster healthy environments, and improve the well-being of our community through reduced resource use and impact, strategic practices, and smart design.
Champion: Facilities Management
Source: Sustainability Plan

Buildings

Sustainability Plan Buildings
Description: W&M will reduce the ecological footprint of our campus, foster healthy environments, and improve the well-being of our community through reduced resource use and impact, strategic practices, and smart design.
Champion: FPDC
Source: Sustainability Plan

Grounds

Sustainability Plan Grounds
Description: W&M will reduce the ecological footprint of our campus, foster healthy environments, and improve the well-being of our community through reduced resource use and impact, strategic practices, and smart design.
Champions: Facilities Management, Office of Procurement, Parking & Transportation, Auxiliary Services
Source: Sustainability Plan

Reduced Waste

65% Waste Diversion
Description: Reduce the volume of municipal waste going to the landfill by 65%.
Champions: Facilities Management, Office of Procurement, Auxiliary Services, Dining Services
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable Procurement
Description: Incorporate social and environmental sustainability as a factor in purchasing practices.
Champion: Office of Procurement
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Plant Based Food

Plant-Forward Food
Description: Increase plant-based and plant-forward options offered through the university, with an emphasis on sourcing locally.
Champions: Dining Services
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Green Transit

Green Transit Design
Description: Expand and incentivize green transportation options on and off-campus by collaborating locally and regionally.
Champions: Parking & Transportation, Auxiliary Services
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Hiring Practices

Hiring Practices
Description: Offer convenient resources for those that would like to hire employees who apply a lens of sustainability in their area of expertise.
Champion: Human Resources
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Study Abroad

Study Abroad Program
Description: Develop resources, procedures and events that allow for students, faculty and staff to plan international travel that enriches through a global perspective, builds positive relationships with host communities, and improves environmental impacts.
Champion: Study Abroad Program
Source: Climate Action Roadmap

Alignment with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

2: Zero Hunger6: Clean Water & Sanitation8: Decent Work and Economic Growth11: Sustainable Cities and Communities12: Responsible Consumption and Production 

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.