Articles and Stories

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The articles and stories feature news and blog posts that provides insights into the endless pursuit of sustainability at UVA, encompassing the University's 11 schools, the Medical Center, and its many institutes, centers and programs.

Student Voices:

The From the Grounds Up blog will feature posts written by students working to make UVA more sustainable. The student posts will provide insight into how students at UVA are making a difference on Grounds and in the community.

August 15, 2019

Nominate a sustainability champion.

Sustainability Champion: Mark Roach

The Facilities Management Sustainability Council would like to recognize Mark Roach from the FM Utilities group for his attention to detail and willingness to address sustainability challenges even outside his typical area of responsibility.

July 23, 2019

Female student depositing clothes into the Goodwill drop-off box, with a Hoos ReUse sign in the foreground.

2019 Hoos ReUse Recap

With the end of the school year and the departure of students, comes a large level of waste production. The Hoos ReUse program returned this year to take back gently used items to donate them to a number of charities.

July 12, 2019

faculty member speaking at a Bicentennial Sustainability event.

UVA Releases first Nitrogen Action Plan

Continuing on its path to assess and reduce the harmful impacts of reactive nitrogen, UVA became the first university in the world to release a Nitrogen Action Plan to meet this groundbreaking nitrogen reduction goal. By creating this first ever Nitrogen Action Plan, UVA sets a transparent road map to meet its goal.

June 12, 2019

nominate a sustainability champion

Sustainability Champions: Jim McGuire & John Jordan

The Facilities Management Sustainability Council would like to recognize Jim McGuire & John Jordan from the FM Fleet team for their dedication to helping the FM fleet become more resource efficient while also meeting our growing needs.

May 14, 2019

nominate a sustainability champion

Sustainability Champions: Jamie Joyner

The Facilities Management Sustainability Council would like to recognize Jamie Joyner, Newcomb Zone Manager for his passion and leadership around sustainability.

February 25, 2019

James Bledsoe, sustainability champion

Sustainability Champions: James Bledsoe

The UVA Facilities Management Sustainability Council would like to recognize James Bledsoe as the next Sustainability Champion for his passionate work with helping the university, in its efforts to reach its landfill reduction goals.

January 28, 2019

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RecycleMania Begins Again!

RecycleMania is a nation-wide friendly competition between colleges to promote waste reduction.

January 28, 2019

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Green Game Football - 2018 Results!

Every fall, UVA's Office for Sustainability competes against other colleges in a nation-wide competition to divert waste at home football games.

December 12, 2018

President Ryan speaking at the UVA Bicentennial Sustainability Leadership Summit

Bicentennial Sustainability Leadership Summit at a Glance

The two-day pan-University UVA Sustainability Leadership Summit showcased the breadth of UVA’s pan-University and interdisciplinary work in the multi-faceted realm of sustainability and to collaboratively innovate to envision UVA’s role as a global sustainability leader.

October 25, 2018

Volunteers on the football field for UVA Green Game

Media Advisory

UVA Hosts Annual Football Green Game

October 16, 2018

Central Grounds, the Lawn

Media Advisory

UVA Hosts Summit on the Future of Sustainability

October 15, 2018

Sustainability Champions, Tom Castellanos and Kathy Grove, Helping Hoos Refill

Sustainability Champions: Tom & Kathy

The UVA Facilities Management Sustainability Council is proud to recognize Tom Castellanos and Kathy Grove as Sustainability Champions.

July 20, 2018

Photo of Jim Keller in kitchenette.

Sustainability Champion: Jim Keller

The UVA Facilities Management Sustainability Council is proud to recognize Jim Keller as our first Sustainability Champion.

May 16, 2018

PhD student, Laurie Gray, sets up an experiment in the Hammerskjöld-Rekosh Lab on the seventh floor of Pinn Hall.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle for Research

The University’s Green Labs program hosted a three part event series throughout March to feature the three “R’s” of waste management: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

April 6, 2018

Hack UVA March 24 - March 25, 2018

Green Hacking

Hackathon programmers look at sustainability in IT

May. 23, 2017

green labs resource fair vendors and attendess in Pin Hall

UVA's First Green Labs Resource Fair

In celebration of Earth Week, the Green Labs Resource Fair connected researchers with environmentally conscious product vendors.

May. 11, 2017

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Student Voices: Hoos ReUse to Help Local Charities

New year new name. Chuck It for Charity has been rebranded as Hoos Reuse. Hoos ReUse, previously known as Chuck it for Charity, is an annual donation drive to allow students living both on and off Grounds to donate gently used items during move-out.

May. 04, 2017

From left, Stefano Rumi, who handles the business expansion of Babylon Micro-Farms; founder Alexander Olesen; electrical engineer Patrick Mahan; and head engineer Graham Smith. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)

Food Revolution

Applying innovation to agriculture, a student startup plans to use hydroponics to grow fruits and vegetables four times faster using 90 percent less water.

Apr. 18, 2017

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UVA Leads Institutions in Measuring Campus Nitrogen footprints

UVA is at the forefront of a growing campaign to build awareness and action around the importance of reactive nitrogen as a lesser-known component of climate-forcing greenhouse gases and a major contributor to acid rain, dead zones and smog

Apr. 10, 2017

Students racking soil as community service during the Big Event

One Big Day

Madison House organized The BIG Event, in which more than 350 student volunteers worked on projects throughout Charlottesville, including gardening and painting at local schools, churches and nonprofit organizations.

Mar. 29, 2017

Norfolk Sea Side

Saving a City from the Sea

Over the past ten years, the city of Norfolk has experienced a tremendous rise in sea level of approximately 1.5 feet. This number is projected to increase as high as 7.5 feet by the year 2100.

Mar. 15, 2017

UVA zero waste volunteers on the court cheering on fans during Game Day Challenge Basketball

UVA Fans Score Big with ACC's First 'Zero Waste' Basketball Game

The University of Virginia has become the first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) men’s basketball team to achieve “zero waste” during this year’s Game Day Challenge. UVA fans diverted 94% of waste from landfill by recycling and composting 4,454 pounds of materials.

Mar. 01, 2017

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UVA Inn at Darden Honored With Virginia Green Travel Star Award

Reinforcing its commitment to sustainable business practices, the hotel and conference center at the University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business has been awarded a Virginia Green Travel Star Award for the Green Conference Center of the Year.

Feb. 24, 2017

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Food Policy Matters

Jackson Ewing, Ph.D,, the Director of Asian Sustainability at the Asia Society Policy Institute, offers advice for students participating in upcoming food policy simulation competition.

Feb. 21, 2017

Student Volunteers on the field during GameDay Challenge Football 2016

GameDay Challenge - It's a Tradition!

Winning big during GameDay Challenge has become just another UVA tradition. Help make this year a winner during the UVA vs UNC game on February 27.

Feb. 13, 2017

UBike outside alderman road residence hall

UBike, UBurn

UVA Parking and Transportation is partnering with Hoo's Well to give faculty and staff a fun and healthy way to stay in shape, while saving the environment.

Feb. 09, 2017

Hydroponic system in clark hall

Sustainability Initiative Brings Farm into the Home

A team of students, led by fourth-year College student Alexander Olesen, installed five hydroponic farming system displays Monday in Observatory Hill Dining Hall, Newcomb Dining Hall and Clark Hall.

Jan. 30, 2017

Lindsay Burden joined UVA’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2012. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)

The Road Ahead: UVA Engineering Tapped to Help Plan Future of Transportation

The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science is one of 18 institutions from throughout the country to be designated as a “Beyond Traffic Innovation Center.” With this designation, UVA will lend its expertise to contribute to research focused on addressing the nation’s biggest transportation challenges.

Jan. 06, 2017

Thomas Bateman’s research focuses on proactive behavior and the leadership required to accomplish extremely long-term goals

Q&A Average People Can Make a Difference on Global Challenges

Thomas Bateman, a professor of management in the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, offers insight into leadership strategies that are not only effective, but required when facing big, complex issues like climate change.

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