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December 16, 2019
After its first semester, the Eco-leaders program flourished, by promoting green living in UVA dorms. Read more about what founder, Bobby Pazhwak, and his students have to say about the success of the program.
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OFS Student Employee, Yuki, manages a zero waste station at a UVA farmers market.
Special events are an important part of the UVA experience. From football games to Lighting of the Lawn to Puppies & Pumpkins, there are always special events happening across Grounds. To help reduce the waste sent to the landfill, UVA has encouraged special events to go zero waste or include compost collection when possible.

A Zero Waste Event (ZWE) is an event in which 90% of the produced waste can be diverted from the landfill. This means that the vast majority of waste is either composted or recycled. Out of 243 special events at UVA, an incredible 157 events either achieved zero waste or collected compost, demonstrating departments and student groups alike are making the switch to zero waste events. To make the switch easy, the Office for Sustainability (OFS) recently released an updated version of the Zero Waste Guide to walk event planners through the process.
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Sustainability Advocates group photo in Brown Library

Sustainability Advocates

The mission of the UVA Sustainability Advocates (SA) Program is to link the Office for Sustainability to the student body and to use our ideas and projects to instill knowledge, empower students, and create sustainable lifestyle changes. The SA Program allows volunteers to develop an understanding of energy & water conservation, recycling, and other green habits. They promote these issues in their residence area and throughout the University, act as a source of information for their peers, and help to foster a sense of community and stewardship for the planet.

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Recap some of our student employees' sustainable summer experiences!
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Community event Woman in Green

Get Involved: Community Partners

UVA works with many local partners to advance sustainability regionally and on grounds.

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Bicentennial Leadership Summit Alumni Flash Talks

Get Involved: Alumni

Open to all UVA Alumni, the Sustainability Alumni Network brings together alumni to connect with each other and advance a collaborative vision for sustainability at UVA in partnership with current students, staff, and faculty. The UVA Sustainability Alumni Network, a pan-university partnership, represents an exciting opportunity to actively connect alumni to UVA’s collaborative and interdisciplinary sustainability networks to further enhance UVA’s leadership in the multi-faceted realm of sustainability.

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Give & Offset

In 2016, UVA launched its first comprehensive sustainability plan. Building on the work of over 100 stakeholders, the plan outlines 23 goals and 101 actions to embed sustainability across UVA in areas such as energy, nitrogen, waste, water, food as well as curriculum, teaching and community engagement and equity.

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Photo of a group of people at the 2019 MLK Voices for Change event

Civic Engagement Subcommittee

The Civic Engagement Subcommittee (CES) works to expand and deepen sustainability into the UVA community, both on and off of Grounds. CES seeks to promote, engage, and advocate for policies and practices that build an inclusive, safe, healthy, and equitable community aligned with environmental principles to advance the well-being of this and future generations to come.

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Get Involved: Faculty & Staff

You don’t have to be a sustainability expert to get involved at UVA. We seek to engage any interested faculty or staff member from any school or unit on Grounds.

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Students Monroe Hall Courtyard

Get Involved: Students

There are many ways for UVA students to get involved in the sustainability scene.