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Farmers market bins of yellow tomatoes
Dining at UVA has a larger impact on our daily life than we could have ever imagined. Read more to hear about how UVA is taking the lead on sustainable eating and how you can get involved and reduce your environmental impact through food.
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UVA student-athletes encourage fans to get involved with sustainability efforts underway in Athletics. Below are some easy ways fans can contribute to a “greener game day” whether tailgating, cheering from the stands, or watching from home.

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April 3, 2020
Although we can no longer be together in person, the UVA, Charlottesville, and Albemarle communities remain united in our commitment to climate action. The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is coming up on April 22, 2020, and we won’t let this landmark time go entirely uncelebrated. Read more to learn about the creative ways you can employ to stay motivated in the pursuit of a better Earth.
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Students utilizing tools for building the solar car
Since the founding of Solar Car at UVA in 1997, the team of undergraduate students have worked diligently to create a competitive solar race car. Twenty-three years later, and after a stint of dormancy from 2002 to 2016, the team is expected to complete their first car when they return to Grounds next fall due to Covid-19.
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Student volunteers (with Green Game t shirts) posing with fun signs
UVA continues to rank highly amongst our competing ACC schools, in terms of both sports and waste diversion. Read more to find about our upcoming Green Game and how the Green Athletics group is going to play a role!
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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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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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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.