Embracing a sustainable lifestyle can include educating and building community in ways that enhance quality of everyday life – for yourself and others.

The suggestions below offer a broad array of such sustainable practices to increase wellness, both for indviduals and the community.

Sustainability and Wellness: Tips for a healthier planet & you from Uva Sustainability on Vimeo.




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Biking to Work

Biking to work can be a great way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and save you money. If this option is available to you,  UVA’s Parking & Transportation department is a great resource for getting started. Get more resources on biking to work at UVA

Exercising on-Grounds

U.Va.’s Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports provides a wide variety of resources and facilities that can support the development and well-being of members of the University community. Employees and students can participate together in classes, recreational offerings and use of facilities.

Getting Healthy

The University offers a comprehensive wellness program , Hoo’s Well@, that promotes good health. With an emphasis on prevention, Hoo’s Well@ can help employees prevent illness and embrace healthy living. Through the program employees gain access to a broad array of fitness options, nutrition aids and rewards.


Donating Household Goods

Donating household goods, clothing, books – even toys – helps those in need, helps area nonprofit organizations and helps the environment by keeping unwanted items out of landfills.

For more information, visit Better World Betty.

Engaging in Volunteer Service

University of Virginia employees can take advantage of paid leave to engage in volunteer service.

Learn more about U.Va.’s paid leave policies.

In addition, scores of area nonprofit organizations welcome and encourage volunteers. Explore possibilities through Community Relations.

Greening the Workplace

Join fellow employees from across Grounds in promoting a Grounds-wide commitment to sustainability.

Click here for more information on Sustainability Partners.

Promoting a Healthy Environment

U.Va.’s Environmental Health and Safety offers a broad array of resources to University community members to help make the living, working and learning environment safe.
For example, the Ergonomics web site offers tips for computer users on how to reduce stress and strain. There is even a description of the U.Va. Dance, “Terpsikhore,” which makes stretching fun!