Environmental and Climate Justice

As a society, we are increasingly coming to understand the profound connections between ecological sustainability and human rights. One cannot be achieved without the other. At the University, students, faculty and staff in dozens of schools and departments are working with purpose and passion to further explore and address this urgent issue of environmental and climate justice.

Listed here are some of the University’s programs, policies and partnerships focused on the intersections of equity and the environment. This page is a work in progress and will continually be developed. The Office for Sustainability welcomes your feedback, questions, collaboration and ideas.

Students looking for a starting point to get involved can visit this webpage.

Memorial to Enslaved Laborers
Office for Sustainability & Committee on Sustainability
Initiatives Across UVA

UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Equity Center - A UVA Democracy Initiative center

Environmental Resilience Institute - UVA hub of environmental resilience and sustainability research

Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic - UVA School of Law

Environmental Justice Collective - A student organization

The Repair Lab: Environmental Justice Policy Clinic – A program of UVA’s Democracy Initiative

Environmental Justice: Graduate School of Arts & Sciences - Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship program

The Environmental Inequality Lab - Data-driven, evidence-based research

Institute for Engagement & Negotiation (formerly the Institute for Environmental Negotiation) – A program of the School of Architecture

Local, Regional and State Organizations

Cultivate Charlottesville -Engages with youth and community to build a healthy and just food system in Central Virginia.

Community Climate CollaborativeCatalyzes local climate action through partnerships, programs and advocacy and through a lens of inclusion, diversity and equity.

Virginia Council on Environmental Justice - Advisory group appointed by the Governor whose mission is to ensure that environmental justice concerns are understood and a framework is in place to address them.

Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative – Nonprofit group that builds the health and wealth of communities of color, low income communities, and communities overburdened by pollution in Virginia.

Virginia Interfaith Power and LightCollaborates among people of faith and conscience to grow healthy communities by advancing climate and environmental justice.

Southern Environmental Law Center- Nonprofit law and advocacy organization working to protect clean air and water, preserve the region’s natural resources, and provide a healthy environment for all.

Higher Education Resources

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - The 2022 Anthology on Racial Equity and Social Justice