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The Clean Water Working Group focuses on improving stormwater management practices and the sustainable usage of water at UVA. 

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Climate Action & Energy

In 2011, the University set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% below 2009 levels by 2025. In 2017 UVA published an updated Greenhouse Gas Action Plan to accelerate work to meet this goal.  Detailed results and methodology on UVA’s greenhouse gas footprint are published in an annual GHG inventory report.

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The University of Virginia Green Building Standards outline UVA’s minimum expectations for aligning University-wide sustainability goals with building design, construction, and maintenance.

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The Energy Working Group aims to leverage the enthusiasm and broad expertise of the University community to promote the energy conservation and decarbonization on Grounds

ESS Working Groups

The Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee (ESS), a subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability, 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 within the subcommittee.

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The Green Initiative Funding Tomorrow (GIFT) Grant is a fund that enables and empowers students to take an active role in ensuring UVA’s commitment to a sustainable future through the distribution of a $15,000 budget for sustainability initiatives.

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Virginia Green Athletics is a student-run group that collaborates with the Office of Sustainability and athletics department to encourage and support sustainability across all athletic platforms.

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UVA Dining (operated by Aramark since the 1980s) established a Green Dining program and a set of sustainable food purchasing guidelines in 2008 and a full-time Green Dining Coordinator position in 2010.

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Looking around your lab feeling overwhelmed by the landfill load and hum of numerous appliances? You are not alone!

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The Green Workplace Program (GWP) engages UVA employees in actions that conserve resources, save money, and advance sustainability.

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H2O 2 GO is a free water bottle refill service available for University-related outdoor events. Any UVA student, faculty or staff member may reserve the H2O 2 GO portable station, which has four taps for simultaneous use.

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Promoting and encouraging the goals of the CoS into the Health System environment.

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The Materials Working Group is a sustainability group dedicated to reducing material waste on grounds. We reside under the Office of Sustainability's Environmental Stewardship Committee and work with faculty and staff from the Recycling Department, OFS, and more to make real change at UVA.

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The SustainaNewsletter provides bi-weekly updates for students, faculty, staff, and community members about local events, involvement opportunities, and sustainability tips. */

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In 2013, the Board of Visitors updated the carbon reduction goal to also include a nitrogen footprint reduction goal, to reduce emission by 25% by 2025.

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The Procurement Working Group (PWG) works to engage UVA students, staff, and faculty on the topics of sustainable purchasing and waste minimization.

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The ROSE Program (Reusable Office Supply Exchange) collects gently or never used office supplies from departments throughout UVA and makes these materials available to the community. Stop by the Recycling warehouse to drop off or take whatever supplies you like!

Students shopping at the free Reusable Office Supply Exchange store in the Recycling building
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The Sustainable IT working group, under the Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee, aims to minimize technology's negative impacts, while maximizing its positive benefits. 

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The Transportation Working Group promotes a sustainable, resilient, and multi-modal transportation network at UVA, supporting the University’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and enhancing accessibility to Grounds.

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University of Virginia Climate Goals - Frequently Asked Questions

University of Virginia Climate Goals - Frequently Asked Questions

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The University of Virginia Building Energy Modeling and Reporting Standards detail the expectations and requirements for developing and sharing building energy models in compliance with the UVA Green Building Standards (i.e., UVA Facility Design Guidelines, Appendix G).  

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The University of Virginia Building Energy Performance Requirements outline UVA’s energy performance requirements for all new construction and major renovations projects.

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UVA Sustainability has created a page to answer questions about UVA’s new climate goals. In the coming months, an updated climate action plan will be developed and our partnership will William & Mary will continue to be built.

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UVA’s LEED policy requires all major new and renovation building projects that come before the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the BOV to achieve a minimum of a LEED Certified rating upon completion

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The UVA Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Calculator was developed to enable UVA decision makers and stakeholders in considering all present and future costs related to new construction, renovation, equipment replacement, or any other project on grounds with upfront and ongoing expenditures.