Sustainability Commitments

Sustainability efforts are embedded in U.Va.’s governance, culture, and academics, as well as throughout University operational  areas of planning, design, construction, transportation, food service, energy use, water use, waste and recycling. Below is the approved sustainability commitment that was amended on September 19, 2013 by the Board of Visitors to include a reactive nitrogen reduction goal for the University of Virginia.

WHEREAS, the University of Virginia has a long tradition of environmental stewardship guided by values that have come to be recognized as sustainability principles,

WHEREAS, the University of Virginia has taken a leadership role to promote sustainability,


  1. The University of Virginia will undertake to reduce both annual greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of reactive nitrogen lost to the environment to levels 25% below year 2009 amounts by the year 2025.
  2.  The University will utilize the highest standards of environmental stewardship and resource conservation and will address other areas of concern beyond greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen, such as waste, water, stream and river protection, noise and light pollution, open space protection, and conservation of the historical and cultural legacy of the community.
  3. The University will educate and engage its students, faculty, staff, and the larger community; contribute to knowledge through research; promote health and well being; and foster public service related to these sustainability principles.
  4. These initiatives will be supported by comprehensive planning for and communication about sustainability.
  5. Initiatives will be evaluated on the basis of benefit, cost and availability of funding.
  6. A report on sustainability will be prepared annual for the President. Progress on sustainability initiatives will be presented to the Board of Visitors every two years.