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A partnership between UVA and Dominion Energy results in green energy for all electricity consumption at the Darden School of Business.

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Seeks to Reduce Electricity Demand by 12.9 Megawatts
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As the University works towards ambitious sustainability goals, Palmer Park provides a strong example of opportunities at the intersection of athletics, sustainability and fan engagement.
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Olivia Regehr has been an intern with UVA’s Green Labs program since August 2021. She is an Environmental Thought and Practice major with Global Sustainability and Bioethics minors. She is passionate about climate change adaptation, mitigation and geoengineering strategies, global and corporate sustainability, and advocating for environmental justice. Her main projects with the Green Labs program include promoting the Shut the Sash Challenge, the International Freezer Challenge and Green Lab Certification for research labs.
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From student-taught courses to cutting-edge research and clubs, the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UVA has approached the challenge of integrating sustainability and technology in numerous ways.
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Piles of unwanted furniture destined for the landfill inspired UVA students to create a platform that connects folks giving furniture away and those in need.
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The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville along with multiple partners at UVA is hosting an interdisciplinary art exhibit to focus attention on the impact of climate change on marginalized communities. Exhibit ends May 28.
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In 2019, the Peirce-Cottler Lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering was one of the first labs at UVA to become certified as a Green Lab. Now, it’s the first lab to be recertified, and the longest continuously UVA certified lab thanks to their leadership and commitment to sustainability.
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A nonprofit provides free bike repairs and safety programs in low-income neighborhoods – and a bridge to help connect diverse communities.
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UVA wins gold in the Virginia Environmental Excellence Awards for efforts to reduce single-use plastics, such as beverage bottles, cutlery and dining ware. Proliferation of plastics in the environment is a growing problem for health and wildlife.
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They never met each other, but thanks to an elderly woman who shared her story in 1983 and a UVA student who spoke up at a meeting in 2018, we now understand more about a historic site on Grounds.
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The "Break Up with Your Space Heater" campaign in February netted 26 of the energy-sucking devices, saving thousands of kilowatt-hours of energy, money - and reducing UVA's carbon footprint. Well done!
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Charlottesville, Virginia is filled with organizations, shops and people dedicated to serving the earth. If you are in the area and have an interest in sustainable living, eating and shopping, this list is for you.
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UVA's labs contribute to substantially in all areas of research nationally and globally. They also contribute significantly to UVA's carbon footprint. Our Green Labs Specialist walks through the many ways labs can reduce energy use and costs.
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Enthralled to a growing number of social media influencers, consumers are bombarded with new fashion trends. The do’s and don’ts change daily, leaving us confused and lining the pockets of the industry leaders. How do we navigate a clothing industry filled with either fast fashion brands or expensive sustainable ones?
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UVA joins 90+ organizations and companies across America as part of the Department of Energy’s first cohort of partners in the national Better Climate Challenge, which calls for bold carbon emissions cuts to tackle the climate crisis.
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UVA Updates Building Standards in Alignment with 2030 Sustainability Goals
The University of Virginia has updated its building standards required for all future construction projects to further the institution’s progress in meeting its goals to be carbon neutral by 2030 and fossil-fuel free by 2050.
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Climate change is often presented as a problem for which there are only big solutions, but that’s not the whole story. Every individual can do their part to stop the climate crisis by incorporating sustainable choices into their daily life.
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In 2022, we look forward to celebrating the Earth April 1-22 with an expanded “Earth Day Every Day” Celebration! We invite individuals and groups to participate. Let’s show our friends, families, co-workers, classmates, and neighbors how much our community cares about this beautiful Earth that we all share.

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