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compost
Look for the new compost bins at the Ampitheater in January to dispose of your food scraps and compostable plates, cutlery and cups.
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Researcher in lab
The University’s lab spaces are a crucial environment to make sustainability progress due to their abundant energy, water, and material use. Through both the Green Labs program, which focuses on outreach and engagement, and the Smart Labs program, which focuses on enhancing lab safety and efficiency, we are reimagining our lab spaces to create a culture of sustainability.
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Indigenous activists
The fight for sustainability is often framed as a new movement that has emerged in the last century. However, Indigenous people have implemented practices like sustainable land stewardship for centuries. Learn how their environmental framework is invaluable to today’s sustainability movement.
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Griffin Lab wins Shut Sash 2021
Researchers participating in the “Shut the Sash Challenge” saved an estimated $34,000 in energy costs in one month. The challenge is hosted by the Office for Sustainability to promote safe and sustainable fume hood management practices in labs across Grounds.
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Lighting of the Lawn 2021
Got ideas for how to use the 4-panel, 1,300 kilowatt solar micro-grid on Grounds? Enter your ideas by Friday, December 17!
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pumpkin and decorations
UVA 3rd-year Halle Krantz provides great ideas for having a green, sustainable Halloween. She is a Student Employee at the Office for Sustainability and is studying Public Policy & Leadership and Global Sustainability.
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Peng Xu and Robin Felder in their UVA lab
UVA's Felder Lab, which focuses on clinical chemistry and medical automation, won our 2021 Freezer Challenge for saving energy. Congratulations!
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UVA Green Game volunteers Oct 16-2021
Student volunteers helped divert 12,000 pounds of waste from going to the landfill on UVA's Green Game day October 16.
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Monk Seal
UVA student Becca Danese writes about four projects with promising results for struggling wildlife populations.
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13 students and one professor pose for a photo in front of the UVA Batten banner. Students and professor are wearing business casual clothing with name tags.
If you’re looking to round out your schedule for the fall semester, consider taking a sustainability-related course! There are courses relating to environmental, economic, and social sustainability across many departments and disciplines at UVA. Here are 14 classes with seats to spare! 
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Roberts, Fox, and Smith
By Amy Preddy Hughes; Photo by Kay Taylor
With little fanfare, UVA Health’s Sustainability Work Group hustles diligently behind the scenes to make UVA a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place. Recently, the Work Group completed a project that turned heads. It earned the UVA Medical Center more than $108,000!
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One Zero Waste Ambassador wearing a protective cloth face mask, poses in front of three bins for recycling, composting, and landfill waste materials under a blue banner that reads, "Zero Waste Station" in the clear plastic tent outside O-Hill dining hall.
The Sustainability Advocates, Eco-leaders, and Zero Waste Ambassadors work directly with the UVA Office for Sustainability to foster leadership opportunities for students interested in the environment and sustainability on Grounds and beyond. Read more about their adaptability and creativity, and how they completed their spring projects, given the COVID-19 restrictions.
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The Lawn on a sunny fall day
It’s also important to highlight the young people who are at the forefront of this work, demanding action and inspiring others to get involved. This article highlights a group of four undergraduate students that are leading the charge at UVA, seeking to make our sustainability spaces more safe, equitable, and dynamic. Three students formed and lead the Environmental Justice Collective at UVA. Another is an Eco-Leader on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee. 
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the lawn at sunset
Seeks to Reduce Electricity Demand by 6.9 Megawatts
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Two female students on a clear day under a lamp post/street sign. The one on the left holds a plastic bag with a recycling symbol on it and the other holds a white poster sign, reading "Go Hoos" with the "o"s in "Hoos" replaced with green recycling symbols.
In previous years, the student-athlete run group focused on waste minimization efforts, but considering recent events, the Green Athletics group has prioritized tackling topics of intersectional sustainability, which advocate for both the protection of people and the planet. Read more for a detailed recap of the year!
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Painting of a stream with a forest landscape and a tire floating in the water. Plants growing out of the water sit in the foreground.
We all know art as a form of expression, or beauty, or even social commentary. Even in those categories, we see a wide range of artistic styles and techniques. Environmental art is no different - conservation can be portrayed in a variety of different art forms, media, and styles. To exemplify this, two UVA students, talk about their experience with the intersection of art and sustainability.
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Plant growing from cup of coins
Sometimes living sustainably can be associated with a higher cost. However, through resources at the University and in Charlottesville, sustainable choices are more accessible than first thought. Students should not have to choose between being environmentally conscious or being financially secure. This list of resources is meant to lead students to budget-friendly sustainable living options.