November 10, 2012

University of Mary Washington’s D.O.T. Campaign

Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor

Located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the University of Mary Washington (UWM) was founded in 1908 and named for the mother of our country’s founding father. The institution has evolved from its beginnings as Fredericksburg’s State Normal and Industrial School for Women to one of the nation’s premier, selective public liberal arts and sciences universities. From 1944 to 1972, Mary Washington functioned as the women’s college of the University of Virginia. Today, more than 4000 students attend UMW.

Dedicated to sustainability, UMW has launched The Do One Thing (d.o.t.) campaign. A simple campaign that invites all students to participate, d.o.t. is designed to make the world a better place – socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally – by empowering individuals to take at least one action towards sustainability. The campaign stems from the idea that small steps can have big impacts. When an entire community commits to personal sustainability practices change is possible.

Here is how the campaign works.

* Decide to d.o.t. and pick up a paper dot or pledge on the UMW sustainability website.

* Select one personal sustainability practice that combines your passion with your daily routine

* Write it down and pledge to practice it.

If you can’t think of an individual d.o.t. consider joining others who have committed to donate time or money to environmental/conservation groups and/or local sustainability activities on a campus or within the local community.

UMW’s President’s Council on Sustainability has a goal to collect 2500 dots from the UMW community.

This innovative sustainability campaign can be duplicated on college campuses, high schools or within community groups. To learn more, check out UMW’s sustainability page at:

Image Credit: University of Mary Washington

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