Get Involved: Faculty & Staff

You don’t have to be a sustainability expert to get involved at UVA. We seek to engage any interested faculty or staff member from any school or unit on Grounds. Explore involvement opportunities below or email if you’d like to discuss other options at UVA and beyond. 


The Office for Sustainability hosts over 90+ events per year. Stay informed about events and volunteer opportunities by subscribing to our newsletter or visiting our events web page.

The Environmental Resilience Institute also hosts year-round events focused on transformative research partnerships. Learn more on the ERI events page.

Sustainability Partners – A network of UVA employees who are interested in sustainability, both at work and home, come together monthly to hear from local speakers, learn about sustainable practices at UVA and share sustainability tips. Email to add your email to the invite list.

In Your Workplace

UVA Sustainability would love to participate in an event, meeting, or conversation in your workplace. Consider inviting us to present to your colleagues, facilitate a conversation, do a walkthrough of your space, co-host an event, or bring zero waste event and green purchaser training to you. Email to set something up.

The Green Workplace Program facilitates sustainable practices in workplaces across UVA by offering a set of recommended green actions, shepherding individuals through implementation of those actions, and incentivizing sustainability progress. Email to start a green team or request an informational visit.


Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee – A subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability that promotes and enables environmental stewardship via student, staff, and faculty engagement and direct action on Grounds. There are currently 13 working groups and five task forces that focus on environmental topic areas such as energy, materials, water, nitrogen, and more.

Civic Engagement Subcommittee – A subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability that works to expand and deepen sustainability into the UVA community, both on and off Grounds. Open to all, this subcommittee hosts annual environmental justice speaker and runs the Equity & Environment Fund amongst other initiatives.

Teaching & Research Subcommittee - A subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability, seeks to develop opportunities for interdisciplinary curriculum development and research. The subcommittee supports a University-wide living learning laboratory approach and serves as a resource for faculty engaged in promoting sustainability literacy through teaching and research.

If you work in a lab, in Athletics, as an IT professional, or as a Health System clinician, then there are specific groups we would love to engage you in. Please email to learn more about these area-specific working groups.


If you’re looking to explore a new job at UVA, check the Office for Sustainability Careers page for positions within the office or check the Career Center page for sustainability-related jobs more broadly.

Have an idea, event, class, or research project you’d like to get started at UVA? Consider applying for grant funding.