Take Action

Take Action

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At UVA, students, faculty and staff are all engaging in sustainability actions to protect the planet and reduce the University’s carbon footprint in innovative and inclusive ways. It all begins with taking the first step in whatever way works for you. 

This year, we are encouraging everyone at UVA to take the PlasticFree2023 pledge



plastic free 2023

In 2021, UVA began prohibiting the purchase of plastic food service items, plastic water bottles, and plastic bags. In addition to ensuring UVA funds aren’t used to purchase these materials, this pledge seeks to encourage individuals to help further reduce single-use plastics. Read here for more information. 

Here are other ways to Take Action for UVA Sustainability
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There are plenty of ways to make an impact on Grounds and beyond.



UVA’s sustainability framework is built upon interdepartmental and interdisciplinary connections at all levels of the University to ENGAGE our community in sustainability action and equity, STEWARD our resources on Grounds and beyond, and DISCOVER solutions to local and global challenges through research and curriculum.

This section reflects the ENGAGE (Take Action) goal of reducing the University’s environmental impact and ensuring the sustainability and longevity of UVA’s built and natural environments. 

Engage Goals


The University will educate and engage its students, faculty, staff and the larger community; contribute to knowledge through research; promote health and well-being; and foster public service related to these sustainability principles.


Partner with the community to accelerate collaborative initiatives to advance sustainable, equitable and healthy places for all.