Sustainability at U.Va. is multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary, with individuals, departments, and schools collaborating to advance sustainability on Grounds and beyond. Introducing new initiatives and incorporating sustainability into existing practices requires collaboration and partnerships across the University.
In August 2013, key U.Va. leaders and sustainability champions (faculty, staff and students) from across U.Va. attended an all-day retreat to develop an overarching vision for sustainability at the University of Virginia. From the direction set at the retreat, the Outreach Subcommittee and post-retreat working group crafted the U.Va. Sustainability Statement. The University Committee on Sustainability approved the statement in June, 2014. The Sustainability Statement provides clear guiding principles to set U.Va.’s path toward sustainability.
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.
Student Council Sustainability Committee: The Student Council Sustainability Committee strives to protect and improve the rights, opportunities, and quality of life for the University community through sustainability. The Committee coordinates within and between the student body, sustainably-minded student organizations, the Office for Sustainability, and student government at U.Va. This year, the Committee is working to expand outreach into Charlottesville and other schools in Virginia.