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ESG seminar - speaker and audience
The McIntire School of Commerce hosted its first "Blue Ridge ESG Seminar" featuring speakers from an array of industries addressing the role of businesses in our society and the changing climate. The event was made possible in part by funds from the Office for Sustainability.

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plastic bags
UVA Sustainability is working with the Sierra Club and the community to collect reusable bags for low-income individuals. With a new plastic bag tax instituted in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, reusable bags are important to promote environmental justice and sustainability as a whole.
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trick or treat lawn
What's scarier than a haunted house on Halloween? The amount of plastic, textiles and pumpkins that ends up in the landfills the day after. This year, help us make these statistics a little less frightening. Here are some tips and tricks to making Halloween an eco-friendly event.
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potato gardening
Charlottesville resident Nayia Koullouri, a member of UVA's Sustainable Food Collaborative, joined the digital White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. Here are her take-aways.
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UVA faculty member laughing and unplugging something from the wall
Seeks to Reduce Electricity Demand by 12.9 Megawatts
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leaves
Charlottesville’s tree canopy has substantially declined from 2004 to 2018, dropping by an overall 10 percent during this time. What does this mean for Charlottesville’s residents?
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Students at UVA recycling
UVA students are increasingly interested in service opportunities with a sustainability focus, so the Office for Sustainability now provides three volunteer initiatives that allow students, staff and faculty to contribute directly to our waste minimization, civic engagement and food access goals.
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Gazpacho in the garden 2022
The Office for Sustainability assisted UVA's Morven Kitchen Garden to make their annual "Gazpacho in the Garden" event a Zero Waste affair. Our staff were on hand to help make sure all the waste items made it to the correct bin. And, oh yeah, to enjoy the gazpacho!
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Lab researchers pose
UVA’s labs are renowned for their topnotch research, and now they can claim the top spot globally for achieving environmentally sustainable freezer practices.
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uva law school
UVA Law School professor Mike Livermore probes the infinite dimensions of the climate crisis and exploring ways we might find our way through it with a variety of guests on his bi-weekly podcast, "Free Range."
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university hospital south tower
UVA Health clinicians are working to increase efficiency, reduce waste and generate cost savings, while continuing to ensure outstanding patient care, by incorporating sustainability into their departments.
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student volunteers at green game
For the first time, all home football games this season will be “Green Games,” with student volunteers helping fans recycle and compost as much waste as possible.
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kayak cleanup
UVA Sustainability kicks off the 2022-23 school year. Meet new friends and dive into a semester full of events and programming. If you are interested in getting involved in sustainability at UVA, there are many opportunities to do so. Here are just a few.
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Our interns have been busy this summer. Keep reading to learn more about what they’ve been up to.
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tabling
This year, Green Athletics planned and executed several exciting projects, including an environmental literacy survey, a plant-based snack series, two Soles 4 Souls drives, a sustainable menstrual hygiene education series, and two divert-and-donate move out events.
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7 students and 2 staff members in personal protective equipment on the roof of a building
In June, UVA began its inaugural Summer Decarbonization Academy. Thirteen students invested in sustainability have spent the past few weeks diving into projects addressing several aspects of decarbonization at the university. Examples include building electrification, carbon offsetting, and occupant behavior change.
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UVA-sawmilling
For sale: UVA Sawmilling is offering large slabs from heritage trees that have been taken down from places on Grounds, including a White Oak adjacent to the Rotunda and Siberian Elm from Chemical Engineering.
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surgical tools
A team of UVA and University of California at San Francisco researchers surveyed surgeons’ perspectives on operating room waste and found that an overwhelming majority acknowledged contributing to waste and were willing to adjust their workflow to reduce waste.
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solar panels hollyfield
A partnership between UVA and Dominion Energy results in green energy for all electricity consumption at the Darden School of Business.