Plans & Progress

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7 students and 2 staff members in personal protective equipment on the roof of a building
In June, UVA began its inaugural Summer Decarbonization Academy. Thirteen students invested in sustainability have spent the past few weeks diving into projects addressing several aspects of decarbonization at the university. Examples include building electrification, carbon offsetting, and occupant behavior change.
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The Power of Partnerships

UVA is proud to partner with a wide range of educational, nonprofit, public, and other entities to achieve our shared sustainability goals. 

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UVA Embarks on Ambitious 10-Year Sustainability Plan:

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Over the past decade, University Dining has taken strides towards providing more sustainable and healthier options for students and staff alike. The recent revamp of the “Castle” into a vegan-friendly hub, promotional events such as Meatless Mondays in dining halls, and University farmers markets all point towards progress in the arena of sustainable food. The recent opening of a second Charlottesville location of The Juice Laundry in the space that was once occupied by Freshens in the University Aquatic and Fitness Center (AFC, pictured above) poses new and exciting possibilities for not only sustainability but also community integration and collaboration. 
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Flowers and spring plants in a UVA Garden

Plans & Progress

The 2020-2030 UVA Sustainability Plan will guide UVA’s progress for the decade ahead to ENGAGE our community to build sustainability awareness and equity, STEWARD our resources on Grounds and beyond, and DISCOVER solutions to global challenges through research, curriculum, and Grounds-engaged learning. 

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It is very difficult to change old habits. I mean, I should know; I’ve been biting my nails for as long as I can remember. However, a habit that I have been able to kick is the need to print everything. Before going mostly paperless in college, I used to receive dozens of handouts from high school teachers. Printing hundreds of copies to give to students was usually more convenient than using electronic versions since not everyone was capable of bringing their laptop to school every day. During my first semester here at UVA, I used a spiral notebook for every class but found this to be unnecessary in some of my classes. Each semester, I have started using less and less paper, by ceasing to print online readings and not using notebooks, because I am increasingly environmentally conscious.