Sustainability Advocates









The Sustainability Advocacy program helps students on Grounds learn about sustainability efforts at UVa. The 50 student volunteers promote programs, educate peers and help grow UVa’s green efforts. We have Sustainability Advocates (SAs) for all first-year dorms, upper-class dorms, residential colleges, dining halls and libraries.  SAs meet with us every other week, and educate their residents on sustainability issues throughout the school year.

Applications for the the Fall Semester are currently being accepted.

                  Sustainability Advocate Spring 2015 Meeting Times: TBA

Location: TBA

Have any questions? Contact Nina Morris at


How to Apply:

Fill out the Sustainability Advocate Form by Thursday, January 19th at 11:59PM. 

No late applications will be accepted.

Overview and History

UVA Recycling first implemented the Recycling Coordinator Program in the fall of 2000. Originally called  “Conservation Advocates,” thirteen years later the program has developed into the “Sustainability Advocacy Program” to reflect the broadening scope of sustainability at UVa. The Sustainability Advocates (SAs) are selected by the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator and the Student Outreach Team Leader to represent each residence hall and off-grounds housing at UVa.


  • Develop student leaders at UVA with interest and knowledge of sustainability-related topics

  • Promote, educate and staff sustainable events on Grounds and Residence Areas.

  • Engage peers in creating a sustainable community with increased knowledge of recycling, energy and water conservation practices in residence areas.

  • Collect concerns and questions regarding recycling and conservation issues from their fellow residents.


  • Participate in bi-weekly meetings to discuss events, raise questions and gather information related to sustainability at UVa.

  • Report announcements and information from UVa Sustainability at weekly House or Areas Council meetings held in the SA’s residence

  • Work with Sustainability Students to run dorm-specific events, such as the Dorm Energy Race, by encouraging participation of fellow residents through creative promotion and organizing groups within respective residencies.

  • Volunteer for Grounds-wide events such as Earth Week, World Water Day and America Recycles Day.

Sustainability Advocate Leader Program

Advocate Leaders

The SA Leader Program is an additional program designed to provide leadership experience to those who have gone through the Sustainability Advocate Program, as well as provide an additional resource for Sustainability Advocates. Advocate Leaders (ALs) maintain consistent communication with designate SAs, and help foster an environment where SAs can learn more about sustainability at UVA and develop the skills necessary to become an effective leader. Additionally, they serve as an intermediaries between the Student Outreach Employees and the SAs, making sure that their SAs fully understand what is asked of them and actively participate in the SA program.


How to Apply:

Fill out the Sustainability Advocate Leader Form by Thursday, January 19th at 11:59PM. 

No late applications will be accepted.

Requisites to become a SA Leader:

  1. Experience as a sustainability advocate, while not required, is preferred.

  2. Application process

  3. Interview process, should there be a need for one.

Expectations for SA Leaders:

  1. Attendance in SA training session in September.

  2. Consistent communication with designated SAs.

  3. Consistent feedback about SA issues and concerns to Student Outreach Employees.

  4. Attendance in periodic meetings with Student Outreach Employees.