Articles and Stories
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.
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
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
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 22, 2019
UVA Office for Sustainability student employee, Sam Hunt, received the annual UVA Sustainability Award.
July 12, 2019
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
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
The Facilities Management Sustainability Council would like to recognize Jamie Joyner, Newcomb Zone Manager for his passion and leadership around sustainability.
February 25, 2019
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
RecycleMania is a nation-wide friendly competition between colleges to promote waste reduction.
January 28, 2019
Every fall, UVA's Office for Sustainability competes against other colleges in a nation-wide competition to divert waste at home football games.
January 4, 2019
The UVA Facilities Management Sustainability Council is proud to recognize Ken Mahaffey, Tony Holt, and Tom Hockins as Sustainability Champions..
December 12, 2018
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.
November 13, 2018
The Office for Sustainability (OFS) is excited to report the results of this year’s energy-saving initiatives in research labs.
November 7, 2018
UVA Green Game helps increase recycling and reduce landfill waste at football games.
October 25, 2018
UVA Hosts Annual Football Green Game
October 16, 2018
UVA Hosts Summit on the Future of Sustainability
October 15, 2018
The UVA Facilities Management Sustainability Council is proud to recognize Tom Castellanos and Kathy Grove as Sustainability Champions.
August 30, 2018
The UVA Facilities Management Sustainability Council is proud to recognize Brenda Buttner as the July 2018 Sustainability Champion.
August 1, 2018
The UVA Facilities Management Sustainability Council is proud to recognize Shawn Ragland as the June 2018 Sustainability Champion.
July 20, 2018
The UVA Facilities Management Sustainability Council is proud to recognize Jim Keller as our first Sustainability Champion.
May 31, 2018
Rob Winstead, Principal Architect from the local firm VMDO, shared relevant examples of some of the greenest buildings in the world, many of which are in Virginia.
May 16, 2018
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.
May 7, 2018
The University of Virginia achieved the gold rating for its recent AASHE STARS report submission.
May 2, 2018
UVA Dining's Sustainability Coordinator, Samantha Jameson, received the annual UVA Sustainability Award.
April 6, 2018
Hackathon programmers look at sustainability in IT
March 22, 2018
H2O 2 GO is a free water bottle refill service available for University-related outdoor events.
March 22, 2018
As you enter Clark Hall, you may notice hundreds of pieces of paper with thousands of words written out by hand. And they all connect to climate change.
February 5, 2018
Tanya Denckla Cobb, Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiations works to increase access to local sustainable foods at UVA.
January 8, 2018
The 2017 Virginia Higher Education Sustainable Food Supply Chain Symposium was held on Friday, December 8, at Morven Farm.
January 8, 2018
T'ai Roulston, Curator of the State Arboretum of Virginia and Research Associate Professor from the Department of Environmental Sciences, evaluates bee hotels as conservation tools.
December 14, 2017
Kyle Haynes, Research Associate Professor from the Department of Environmental Sciences, talks about his research examining the ecological impacts of light pollution.
December 7, 2017
UVA’s Office for Sustainability and Green Labs Program, along with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, developed UVA's first Shut the Sash competition checklist.
November 30, 2017
The 2017 Annual Report highlights key initiatives and accomplishments of the Task Force over the past year.
November 2, 2017
Announcing six brand new courses open to students interested in social, environmental, and economic sustainability studies.
August 29, 2017
Fifteen UVA research labs welcomed spring by servicing and organizing their freezers to compete in the North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge.
June 14, 2017
The UVA Saves Hour occurs on Thursday, June 22nd.
May. 23, 2017
In celebration of Earth Week, the Green Labs Resource Fair connected researchers with environmentally conscious product vendors.
May. 11, 2017
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
Applying innovation to agriculture, a student startup plans to use hydroponics to grow fruits and vegetables four times faster using 90 percent less water.
May. 02, 2017
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.
May. 01, 2017
UVA researcher uses CT scans to study the health of salt marshes, a hotbed of biodiversity.
Apr. 20, 2017
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.
Apr. 18, 2017
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. 18, 2017
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
Apr. 13, 2017
The plan will seek to reduce the University’s carbon dioxide generation by between 126,000 and 216,000 metric tons annually.
Apr. 10, 2017
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
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. 28, 2017
En de Liow has always had a passion for cars; this led him to revive the UVA Solar Car Team.
Mar. 24, 2017
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.
Mar. 23, 2017
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.
Mar. 23, 2017
The Sustainability Partners invited Ken Alston from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry to share his famous Cradle to Cradle framework.
Mar. 15, 2017
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. 08, 2017
In 2015, former UVA star Chris Long founded Waterboys, an initative to provide clean, accessible drinking water to rural communities in East Africa.
Mar. 03, 2017
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.
Mar. 01, 2017
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
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
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. 15, 2017
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.
Feb. 13, 2017
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
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.
Feb. 02, 2017
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.
Feb. 02, 2017
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.
Jan. 30, 2017
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. 27, 2017
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.
Jan. 25, 2017
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.
Jan. 09, 2017
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.”
Jan. 06, 2017
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.
Jan. 04, 2017
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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