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Sustainability Leadership Award

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Students at UVA recycling
UVA students are increasingly interested in service opportunities with a sustainability focus, so the Office for Sustainability now provides three volunteer initiatives that allow students, staff and faculty to contribute directly to our waste minimization, civic engagement and food access goals.
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kayak cleanup
UVA Sustainability kicks off the 2022-23 school year. Meet new friends and dive into a semester full of events and programming. If you are interested in getting involved in sustainability at UVA, there are many opportunities to do so. Here are just a few.
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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 standing in front of a fume hood with her thumbs up
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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Climate change is often presented as a problem for which there are only big solutions, but that’s not the whole story. Every individual can do their part to stop the climate crisis by incorporating sustainable choices into their daily life.
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In 2022, we look forward to celebrating the Earth April 1-22 with an expanded “Earth Day Every Day” Celebration! We invite individuals and groups to participate. Let’s show our friends, families, co-workers, classmates, and neighbors how much our community cares about this beautiful Earth that we all share.
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Equity & Environment Fund

The Equity & Environment Fund, supported by UVA’s Civic Engagement Subcommittee, is available to students for community-based projects or events that explore and address the intersection of equity, justice, and sustainability.

 

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Indigenous activists
The fight for sustainability is often framed as a new movement that has emerged in the last century. However, Indigenous people have implemented practices like sustainable land stewardship for centuries. Learn how their environmental framework is invaluable to today’s sustainability movement.
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Lighting of the Lawn 2021
Got ideas for how to use the 4-panel solar micro-grid on Grounds? Enter your ideas by Friday, December 17!