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Committee on Sustainability

Committee Reporting Relationship

The Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


The Committee on Sustainability advises the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, through the Architect for the University, 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. In carrying out this charge, the Committee shall be engaged in the following:

  • Recommend policies, procedures, and priorities that will promote the highest-standards of sustainable practice across the University including but not limited to business operations, energy production and utilization, and design and management of facilities
  • Provide guidance in the development of communication plans with the goal of increasing sustainable behavior among faculty, staff, and students
  • Recommend and encourage the development of new opportunities to educate the University community on sustainable thinking and practice
  • Review and comment on the University’s progress toward measurable sustainability objectives
  • Review and comment on the University’s responses to major national surveys and/or voluntary compliance with regard to an institutional plan toward the reduction in CO2 emissions and related environmental impacts

Committee Structure

The Committee, appointed by the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, consists of:

  • Architect for the University
  • Associate Vice President for Business Operations or designee
  • Associate Vice President for Research, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Chief Executive Officer of the University of Virginia Foundation or designee
  • Chief Facilities Officer
  • Director of Office for Sustainability
  • Employee Councils Representative
  • Faculty Senate Representative
  • Representatives of :
    • Executive Vice President and Provost
    • University Communications
    • Vice President and CEO of the Medical Center
    • Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
    • Vice President and Chief Information Officer
    • Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
    • Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
    • Vice President for Research
  • Four at-large faculty members, including at least one member who will represent the research community
  • Two at-large student members (one undergraduate student, one graduate student)
  • Sustainability Planner in the Office of the Architect for the University