Housing & Residence Life has identified sustainability as a "critical function". Goals identified for 2009-2010 include:
Goal One:Continue to pursue LEED certification on new housing construction.
Evaluate the possibility of achieving a LEED Innovation in Design Credit for the purchase and installation of furnishings with sustainable components and manufactured utilizing sustainable practices by 4th quarter.
Metrics: LEED certification for building construction and renovation projects; Documented maximization of building efficiencies and population densities in new construction.
Goal Two:Continue to incorporate sustainable technologies, materials and methods into all aspects of the operation.
Complete evaluation and testing of green pest control product lines by end 2nd quarter. Develop a green cleaning program based on GS-42 Green Seal Environmental Standard for Cleaning Services by end of 3rd quarter.
Metrics: Utility consumption, compliance with Nutrient Management Plan, carpet recycling, etc.; Implementation of new programs, products and technologies; Participation in ACUHO-I 21st Century Project and implementation of innovative ideas developed.
Goal Three:Complete the survey of housing facilities to determine whether additional or improved lighting strategies can be accomplished to further reduce electricity consumption and develop plans to implement feasible strategies.
Evaluation of strategies and feasibility of implementation by end of 2nd quarter. Implementation plan developed by 4th quarter.
Goal Four:Continue to establish a Housing & Residence Life advisory group, in collaboration with the U.Va. Recycling Department, focused on sustainable practices, activities and awareness programming, initially centered in the first-year residential areas.
Establish initial coordination by the end of the 1st quarter. Complete programmatic feedback of existing activities by the end of the 2nd quarter. Complete activity plan by the end of the 3rd quarter.
"Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure."
-John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day