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UVA Decarbonization Academy

UVA has launched the inaugural Decarbonization Academy for students who want hands-on learning experiences over the summer while helping the University achieve its goals of being and carbon-neutral by 2030 and fossil fuel-free by 2050. 

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The University of Virginia Committee on Sustainability (CoS) announces its first round of grants to support Grounds engaged learning related to sustainability at UVA.

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Looking to fill up your enrollment shopping cart? UVA offers sustainability classes in a variety of schools and departments! Here's 10 classes to check out for the Spring 2021 semester:
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Teaching & Research Sub-committee

The Teaching and Research Sub-committee (T&R) develops pan-University opportunities for interdisciplinary sustainability teaching and research. The sub-committee aligns its work with existing processes for curriculum development and research funding.

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Curriculum

Although not always explicit, sustainability intersects with each major at UVA, and we should aim to integrate our typical curriculum choices with sustainability-oriented courses. Sustainability does not only refer to the environment, but also the economy and equity. Every undergraduate student at UVA should be able to relate their major to sustainability, using this resource.

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The summertime is a great opportunity for students to get out of the classroom and apply their knowledge in various new settings. This type of experience is especially important for students interested in sustainability since the topic requires such a diverse background of understanding and can be applied in a myriad of fields. However, many students cannot afford to take unpaid internships, which could negatively impact their career options post-graduation. The UVA Parents Fund Internship Grant (PFIG) addresses these issues by providing valued funding for unpaid internships.
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See third year Virginia Harris' recommendations for some new and old sustainability classes on Grounds!
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One in six Charlottesville residents is food insecure. This means that about 17 people in a general 100-person lecture class at UVA lacks reliable access to affordable, nutritious food (Dictionary.com). This statistic inspired the creation of the Environment & Equity Fellowship at UVA as part of the First Lady’s Morven Food Lab. The lab’s intended purpose is to serve as a physical and organizational space where UVA students and faculty can collaborate with the Charlottesville Food Justice Network (CFJF) and the City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) to explore issues related to food, farming, and sustainability. The fellows, Alexandra Cook, a fourth year Government Major and Spanish Minor, and Jessie Duska, a fifth year Master’s of Public Health Candidate with a B.S. in Religious Studies, work under the guidance of CFJN Director Shantell Bingham. Alexandra, Jessie, and Shantell are working to support and advance efforts to address food justice and equity within the Charlottesville food system.

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