Plans & Progress

Plans & Progress

The 2020-2030 UVA Sustainability Plan, with ten bold goals and associated strategic actions, will guide UVA’s progress for the decade ahead.  

UVA’s strategic sustainability framework seeks interdisciplinary connections at all levels of the University to ENGAGE our community to build sustainability awareness and equity, STEWARD our resources on Grounds and beyond, and DISCOVER solutions to global challenges through research, curriculum, and Grounds-engaged learning. These goals align with UVA’s 2030 Great and Good Strategic Plan and build upon the successes of the Board of Visitors’ 2011 and 2013 sustainability resolutions, the first UVA 2016-2020 Sustainability Plan, and the work of thousands of engaged individuals over many years. 

Meeting these bold sustainability goals will require passionate students, staff members, and faculty to take ownership of the way we use resources, the way we educate ourselves and others, and the way we engage with our fellow Hoos. To learn how you can help bring these goals to life, visit the Get Involved page.

Carbon Neutral, Fossil Fuel Free, Reduce Waste to 30 percent, Reduce Nitrogen by 30 percent, Increase Sustainable Food to 30 percent, Reduce water by 30 percent, Build Accountability, Advance Equitable Places, Enhance Sustainability Teaching, Enhance Sustainability Research, Grounds Engaged Learning

UVA Sustainability looks forward to further accelerating our collaborative efforts to advance UVA as a global leader in creating equitable, replicable solutions to pressing, existential challenges.

UVA and the College of William & Mary have committed to partner in achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 at each university, and UVA has joined with the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County sustainability staff to collaborate on engagement, with a focus on equity, through Climate Action Together.

Since 2007, UVA has set university-wide sustainability goals to address its environmental impact, including both carbon and nitrogen reduction goals. Much of the research necessary to measure the university’s nitrogen footprint originated at the University of Virginia, and UVA was the first institution of higher education to set a target to reduce its nitrogen footprint. UVA’s first pan-university Sustainability Plan, launched in April 2016, put forth specific short and long term goals, with targeted actions to outline UVA’s sustainability efforts through 2020.  Going forward, UVA will continue to develop updated action plans to achieve these goals at all levels of the university.