Awards & Recognition
UVA’s sustainability leadership has been recognized both locally and nationally.
AASHE: Second in “Diversity and Affordability”
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is recognizing the University of Virginia as a top performer in its 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, ranking UVA second among doctoral institutions in the area of “Diversity and Affordability.”
APPA: Sustainability Award
The 100-year-old group, APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities gives the award to recognize the current level and effort of a facilities management department and the integration of sustainability into the academic curriculum of the institution.
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honors schools and districts for their commitment to sustainability. Schools are evaluated on the following criteria: reduced environmental impact and costs, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental education.
U.Va. is one of only nine post-secondary institutions to receive this honor nationally, and the only one in Virginia.
AASHE STARS Gold 2015-2018
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Over 709 institutions have registered to use the STARS Reporting Tool. U.Va. achieved a STARS Gold Rating (second highest designation).
Crystal Award in Sustainability for Higher Education
The Crystal Awards in Sustainability recognize Virginia companies and institutions for their sustainability achievements. The University won for its extensive and multi-layered sustainability program that encompasses recycling, compositing, LEED building standards, re-commissioning buildings for energy savings, establishing a comprehensive stormwater run-off plan, setting carbon and nitrogen output reduction goals, reducing food waste, cutting back on water usage and devising extensive transportation plans to reduce the environmental impact.
The Princeton Review 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges
The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. The profiles in the guide give college applicants information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats. U.Va. achieved a green score of 97 (out of 99) for its campus-wide sustainability programs.