“Sustainability can be described as individuals and communities doing our part to build the kind of world that we want to live in and that we want our children and grandchildren to inherit. It means becoming aware of all the interconnections—visible and invisible—by which our day-to-day choices affect the intricate balance of social, economic and ecological systems. In the business world, this “triple bottom line” for sustainability strategies encompasses outcomes that are socially just, environmentally responsible and economically sound.” – U.Va. Sustainability Assessment, 2006
Sustainability at U.Va. is multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary, and many individuals, departments, and schools across Grounds have been working together for many years to advance sustainability on Grounds and beyond. Introducing new initiatives and incorporating sustainability into existing practices requires collaboration and partnerships across the University. We encourage you to regularly explore the Sustainability at U.Va. website and contact us to get involved.
For an interactive overview of U.Va.’s sustainability practices, tour the U.Va. Green Guide.
Office for Sustainability: Supports university-wide collaborative governance, leadership, and implementation of sustainability across Grounds by partnering with students, faculty, administrators, and staff to infuse and develop a culture of environmental, economic, and social stewardship in alignment with the educational, research, health care and public service mission of the University.
University Committee on Sustainability: Advises the senior U.Va. administration on, “all matters related to the overall quality, diligence, and progress of the University’s commitment to sustainability in the broad sense of environmental, economic, and social impacts, and their relationship to the future of the University.” Faculty, administrators, staff, and students participate on the Committee and its subcommittees and working groups.