Sustainability at Housing & Residence Life
"Then I say the earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully, and in its own right. [...] No generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence."
-Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789
Housing & Residence Life has shown a commitment to sustainability for at least 15 years. We continually strive to broaden the array of best practices utilized and focus on the responsible use of natural resources in our strategic planning.
What we're doing:
- Building "green" residence halls
- Minimizing pollution
- Conserving water and energy
- Reducing waste
- Planning for the future
U.Va. Housing & Residence Life recently became the first university housing organization to be designated an "Exemplary Environmental Enterprise" by the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program. VEEP was established to encourage and recognize superior environmental performance through the development and implementation of environmental management systems. In Housing & Residence Life this includes policies and procedures designed to minimize energy and water consumption, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, environmental contamination, spills, pollution and emissions.
We look to our community of residents and staff to help us in reducing the University's environmental impact. We also assist in developing an environmentally conscious student body by preparing residents to embrace new methods and technologies at the completion of their time at the University.