Climate and Environmental Action Readiness Plan Mission and Goals

In collaboration with local businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and regional public agencies, the University of Mary Washington is spearheading an initiative that aims to bring together the five jurisdictions in Planning District 16, including Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline Counties, to develop a Climate, Environment Action Readiness (CLEAR) Plan.


The CLEAR plan builds economic resilience and a sustainable high quality of life for our community through environmental readiness and disaster preparedness.

CLEAR Plan Goals:

  • diversify the      regional economy with green jobs
  • identify      sustainable activities that save homeowners and businesses money
  • protect private      property by creating and coordinating plans for floods and severe weather      emergencies
  • sustain our      resources and open spaces
  • build resilience      through prevention and planning

Presentations from the CLEAR Meeting on November 13, 2013

Climate, Environment, and Readiness– Richard Finkelstein·Dean, College of Arts and Sciences·UMW

Green Enterprise: Why Businesses Go Green– Rebecca R. Rubin · President & CEO · Marstel-Day, LLC ·

Understanding Sustainability– Dr. Melanie Szulczewski ·Assistant Professor of Environmental Science·UMW

[Fill in the Blank] Diversity, Source of Beauty, Source of Strength – Dr. Alan Griffith · Professor of Biological Sciences ·UMW

To view the CLEAR Plan Document 

“Saving Nature” – Rebecca R. Rubin delivers UMW Undergraduate Commencement Address (see link below)