Office for Sustainability

Office for Sustainability staff

Mission

To engage our communities, steward resources, and discover ways to improve Grounds and beyond for generations to come.

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Approaches

Advocacy, innovation and leadership: Partner with University committees and stakeholders in collaborative sustainability strategic planning and implementation. Assist with recommendations on sustainability policy, commitments, goals, action plans, and measuring progress towards goals. Seek to promote stewardship of resources, reduce environmental footprint, and build U.Va.’s reputation as a leader by prioritizing cost-effective, impactful and replicable models and connecting initiatives and programs across Grounds. .

Academic and research integration: Support the integration of sustainability into curriculum to train current and future leaders, advance sustainability research and help build capacity to use Grounds as a living laboratory for sustainability.

Environmental stewardship: Provide leadership for the integration of sustainability into buildings and operations to advance environmental stewardship while regularly measuring and analyzing progress towards goals.

Technical expertise: Act as subject matter experts and advocates for sustainability via proactive advocacy, implementation, review and development of buildings, infrastructure, and operations.

Outreach and engagement: Foster a culture of sustainability through close collaboration, partnership-building, training and support of student, faculty and staff sustainability interests and initiatives to build social and operational norms around sustainability.

Communication and knowledge management: Advance sustainability knowledge, build identity and enhance leadership by developing and sharing timely and robust news, best practices, lessons learned, benchmarking, data, educational resources and tools in a clear and cohesive manner.