Living on Grounds is a defining part of the undergraduate experience at UVA. However, with over two million square feet of residential living space operating 24/7, residence halls account for a significant portion of the university’s energy usage. Fortunately, there are many things that individual residents can do to reduce UVA’s environmental impact while also improving student experience.
The Residential Eco-Leaders program is an opportunity for residential students to advocate for sustainability in dorm spaces. As an eco-leader, you will be an official member of your dorm's Association Council and will serve as the communications liaison between UVA's Office for Sustainability and your peers. The eco-leaders program will introduce you to all things sustainability at UVA and teach you the important skills of being a successful sustainability advocate. We are looking for applicants that are excited about sustainability and are eager to get involved with the sustainability community at UVA! There will be 1-2 eco-leaders selected per association council. These eco-leaders are expected to attend Association Council meetings, as well as the bi-weekly Eco-leaders meeting hosted by UVA's Office of Sustainability student engagement team. At the bi-weekly meetings, students can anticipate a quick sustainability-related workshop or lesson, an overview of upcoming events and opportunities, and a discussion of how eco-leaders can best promote these sustainability-related events and be a resource for their peers.
The Office for Sustainability is committed to keeping students safe and healthy. The bi-weekly eco-leaders meeting will be held virtually in Fall 2020 and any eco-leader events will follow the University's social distancing and COVID-19 policies. While COVID may limit our face-to-face interactions, the Office for Sustainability will do whatever we can to ensure that the eco-leaders program is still a valuable experience for all.