Get Involved: Students

There are many ways for UVA students to get involved in the sustainability scene. Check out the options below or email if you’d like to learn more about involvement opportunities at UVA and beyond. 

Sustainability Leadership Programs & CIOs

Sustainability Advocates Program – the Sustainability Advocates Program works directly with the Office for Sustainability to develop sustainability student leaders across Grounds. From sustainable coffee campaigns to plastic bag take-backs, find ways to engage the UVA community in a meaningful way.

  • Apply here by Friday, September 9, at 11:59 p.m.! 

Zero Waste Ambassadors - the Zero Waste Ambassadors Program allows student-leaders to directly contribute to UVA's ambitious waste minimization goals. ZWAs will help expand and implement composting around Grounds.

  • Apply here by Friday, September 9, at 11:59 p.m.! 

Sustainability Student Organizations – UVA has over 30+ CIOs working on sustainability initiatives - from gardening to entrepreneurship to solar car designing. Check out the full list here on our AASHE STARS report.


Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee – ESS is 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.


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.


  • Jobs and internships – UVA provides numerous opportunities for students to gain professional experience through sustainability-related jobs and internships. Check the Office for Sustainability Careers page for positions within the office or check the Career Center page for positions at UVA and within the community.
  • Grants & Funding – Have an idea or event you’d like to get started at UVA? Consider applying for grant funding.