Become a Sustainability Partner

Sustainability Partners Help Green U.Va.

Mission

The mission of Sustainability Partners is to actively engage U.Va. employees in cultivating a community that embraces sustainable stewardship and practices. Sustainability Partners advocate and promote initiatives that reduce energy and water use, minimize waste, promote community, and enhance well-being.

Through monthly meetings and collaborative efforts, Sustainability Partners research innovative practices and develop strategies for creating a more sustainable workplace and community.

Accomplishments

Through Sustainability Partners employees have helped shape:

2013-14 Theme: The Green Workplace Challenge

Sustainability Partners is adopting a theme this year to help guide and inspire a more sustainable U.Va. Our theme, The Green Workplace Challenge, reflects a new Green Workplace Program that is currently being piloted and will be rolled out to the university community in the next year. The program targets seven general areas: energy, transportation, purchasing, zero waste, community, food, and health.

Sustainability Partners, in an effort to show that individual action and innovation can make a positive difference at  U.Va., is taking on the Green Workplace Challenge over the next seven months. Each month, Sustainability Partners will focus on one of the seven targeted areas as inspiration for action in our workplaces and discussion in our monthly meetings. During the month, we will consider adopting one individual action that can help green our workplace. Then, at our monthly meeting, we will debrief about our experiences – what were our successes, our challenges, our thoughts. We will also invite an expert in the field to discuss the topic of the month, to answer questions, and to help us realize other ways we can green our workplaces. We will then share our ideas and suggestions with the Committee on Sustainability as they continue to develop the Green Workplace Program.

Monthly Meeting Times, Topics & Guest Speakers

Please join us at our monthly meetings (you can just show up – no notice is required) and take the Green Workplace Challenge with us. Let’s work together to create a more sustainable U.Va. Even if you can’t make the meetings, join us in making the commitment to do just one thing each month to help green your workplace. And then share your experiences at our monthly meetings or via email.

Brown bag lunch meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted.

October 16: ENERGY
Guest Speaker: Cheryl Gomez, Director of Energy & Utilities, Facilities Management
Location: Newcomb 481

November 20: TRANSPORTATION
Guest Speaker: Jon Monceaux, Transportation Demand Management Professional
Location: Newcomb 177

December 11: PROCUREMENT/PURCHASING
Guest Speaker: Teri Kent from Better World Betty: Cville’s Favorite Green Resource
Location: Newcomb 481

January 15: COMMUNITY/HEALTH
Guest Speaker: Kipton Davis, Wellness Assistant for Hoo’s Well
Location: Newcomb 481

February 19 : ZERO WASTE
Guest Speaker: Ashley Badesch, co-coordinator of the Zero Waste Initiative, a project designed to divert waste produced at U.Va. facilities, particularly athletics venues, from the landfill.
Location: Newcomb 481

March 19: FOOD
Guest Speaker: Kristen Suokko, Executive Director of the Local Food Hub
Location: Newcomb 481

April 16: EARTH WEEK
Guest Speaker:
Location: Newcomb 481

May 21:
Guest Speaker:
Location: Newcomb 481

Join Sustainability Partners

If you would like to join the email list or learn more about Sustainability Partners, please email joinsp@virginia.edu.