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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 29, 2017

Galloway Lab, first place winners of the 2017 UVA Freezer Challenge

UVA Receives an Honorable Mention in North American Lab Freezer Challenge

Fifteen UVA research labs welcomed spring by servicing and organizing their freezers to compete in the North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge.

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June 14, 2017

Sunlight spreading across the Rotunda and Lawn

Eighth Annual UVA Saves Hour Seeks to Reduce Electricity Demand by 12.9 Megawatts

The UVA Saves Hour occurs on Thursday, June 22nd.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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May. 02, 2017

South of the Lawn at UVA, Old Cabel

Students Give Back to Community and Environment Through 'Hoos Reuse'

Formerly known as “Chuck it for Charity,” Hoos ReUse begins Wednesday and continues through May 23. The program, allows UVA students to give back to the community by donating gently used items during move-out.

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May. 01, 2017

Environmental scientist Linda Blum uses CT scan facilities at the UVA Health System to examine salt marsh core samples. (Photo by Tom Cogill)

Environmental Scientist Takes High Tech to Salt Marshes

UVA researcher uses CT scans to study the health of salt marshes, a hotbed of biodiversity.

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Apr. 20, 2017

Engineering students hosted a seed planting event during earthweek

Engineering Student Council Sustainability Committee Plants 'SEA(d)S'

The new sustainability committee of the Engineering Student Council held its second event Wednesday, “SEA(d)S and Sustainability,” to raise awareness for Earth Week.

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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

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Apr. 18, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe speaking at UVA to cut the ribbon on our new solar install

UVA's New Solar Array Makes a Powerful Statement

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe came to Grounds Tuesday to cut the ribbon for a solar array atop Clemons Library and hailed UVA’s leadership in promoting sustainable energy

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Apr. 13, 2017

solar panels atop clemons library

UVA to Announce Greenhouse Gas Action Plan During Upcoming Earth Week

The plan will seek to reduce the University’s carbon dioxide generation by between 126,000 and 216,000 metric tons annually.

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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.

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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.

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Mar. 28, 2017

Student Ed De Low

How Solar-Powered Card Drive This Student

En de Liow has always had a passion for cars; this led him to revive the UVA Solar Car Team.

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Mar. 24, 2017

Students planted grass in the Clark Nook

Transforming Clark Hall’s Underutilized Nook to a Greener Landscape with Sustainable Benefits

UVA students planted a new spot of greenery with native grasses behind Clark Hall in what is colloquially known as the Clark Nook. Transforming the nook into a bioretention area.

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Mar. 23, 2017


Q&A: UVA Bee Expert Discusses Bumblebee, Now Officially Listed as Endangered

Populations of the rusty patched bumblebee, a once-common bee species, have dramatically declined during the past three decades. Many scientists who study bees believe the species may be headed toward extinction.

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Mar. 23, 2017

Ken Alston Presenting to Partners

Guest Post: Sustainability Partners Host Cradle to Cradle Event

The Sustainability Partners invited Ken Alston from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry to share his famous Cradle to Cradle framework.

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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.

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Mar. 08, 2017

Chris Long at work in Tanzania with the Waterboys Initiative he founded, which installs deep borehole wells to help provide clean drinking water in East Africa. (Photos by Clay Cook Photography, Waterboys Inc

All-Pro Water Boy: NFL's Chris Long Spreads Passion For Clean Water at Darden

In 2015, former UVA star Chris Long founded Waterboys, an initative to provide clean, accessible drinking water to rural communities in East Africa.

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Mar. 03, 2017

Jefferson statue on the Lawn

BOV's Latest Strategic Investment Looks to Extend the Frontiers of New Sustainable Technology

University of Virginia scientists and engineers are launching an initiative to reduce, reuse and recycle heat and energy and create new functionalities in many technologies that form the backbone of modern society.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Feb. 15, 2017

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Redefining What it Means to be a Socially Responsibly Business

Taking the extra step to make a company more socially responsible is both necessary and essential. Many businesses are going beyound CSR and embracing sustainability in new ways.

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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.

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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.

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Feb. 02, 2017

Richmond Harbor

Thriving Cities: How UVA and Civic Leaders Can Make Urban Life Great

What does it take for a city to thrive? Is it economic growth or aesthetic beauty? Or is it robust political and civic life? A team of urban specialists based at the University of Virginia says it is all of those things, and more.

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Feb. 02, 2017

Girl shopping for cloths in a department store

Student Voices: Four Steps You Can Take Today To Keep Your Closet Sustainable

Did you know? The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions, making it the second largest industrial polluter. Green your closet with these four easy tips.

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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.

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Jan. 27, 2017

Professor and lawyer Anita Hill spoke to a capacity crowd at the Paramount Theater about defending civil rights. (Photo by Tom Cogill)

“We Can’t Remain Silent”: Anita Hill Speaks Up for Civil, Women’s Rights

Anita Hill spoke Thursday night to a packed Paramount Theater as the keynote speaker for the University of Virginia’s 2017 Community MLK Celebration, to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Jan. 25, 2017

A rendering showing the proposed wind turbines. (Image courtesy of Apex Clean Energy)

Early-Adopting UVA Alum Behind Virginia's First Onshore Wind Farm

For the past 15 years, UVA alum Sandy Reisky as been pursuing renewable energy, his Charlottesville-based firm, Apex Clean Energy is planning Virginia’s first onshore wind farm in Botetourt County, the Rocky Forge Wind project.

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Jan. 09, 2017

A community choir comes together each year to sing and celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Anita Hill Talk Highlights Annual Martin Luther King Celebration Events

More than 15 events at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville between Jan. 16 and Jan. 30 – from films and music to national speakers on issues of social justice and equality – will explore the concept of “Silence as Betrayal.”

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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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Jan. 04, 2017

Michael Pace

Scientists Develop Early-Warning System for Toxic Algae Bloom

Toxic algae blooms in lakes and reservoirs are highly destructive, resulting in fish kills and toxicity risks to wildlife, livestock – and even humans.

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