Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee

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Hoos Making An Impact

UVA staff have the opportunity to make a significant impact at UVA through a new annual competition, “Hoos Making an Impact.” The competition is hosted by the Staff Senate in partnership with the President's Office to cultivate staff success across UVA Grounds. This year's theme is sustainability. 

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Olivia Regehr has been an intern with UVA’s Green Labs program since August 2021. She is an Environmental Thought and Practice major with Global Sustainability and Bioethics minors. She is passionate about climate change adaptation, mitigation and geoengineering strategies, global and corporate sustainability, and advocating for environmental justice. Her main projects with the Green Labs program include promoting the Shut the Sash Challenge, the International Freezer Challenge and Green Lab Certification for research labs.
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UVA Updates Building Standards in Alignment with 2030 Sustainability Goals
The University of Virginia has updated its building standards required for all future construction projects to further the institution’s progress in meeting its goals to be carbon neutral by 2030 and fossil-fuel free by 2050.
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Look for the new compost bins at the Ampitheater in January to dispose of your food scraps and compostable plates, cutlery and cups.
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The University’s lab spaces are a crucial environment to make sustainability progress due to their abundant energy, water, and material use. Through both the Green Labs program, which focuses on outreach and engagement, and the Smart Labs program, which focuses on enhancing lab safety and efficiency, we are reimagining our lab spaces to create a culture of sustainability.
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Peng Xu and Robin Felder in their UVA lab
UVA's Felder Lab, which focuses on clinical chemistry and medical automation, won our 2021 Freezer Challenge for saving energy. Congratulations!
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By Amy Preddy Hughes; Photo by Kay Taylor
With little fanfare, UVA Health’s Sustainability Work Group hustles diligently behind the scenes to make UVA a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place. Recently, the Work Group completed a project that turned heads. It earned the UVA Medical Center more than $108,000!