Environmental Justice

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The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville along with multiple partners at UVA is hosting an interdisciplinary art exhibit to focus attention on the impact of climate change on marginalized communities. Exhibit ends May 28.
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A nonprofit provides free bike repairs and safety programs in low-income neighborhoods – and a bridge to help connect diverse communities.

Affordable Housing is Sustainable Housing

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They never met each other, but thanks to an elderly woman who shared her story in 1983 and a UVA student who spoke up at a meeting in 2018, we now understand more about a historic site on Grounds.

Environmental and Climate Justice

At the University, students, faculty and staff in dozens of schools and departments are working with purpose and passion to further explore the urgent issue of environmental and climate justice.

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Enthralled to a growing number of social media influencers, consumers are bombarded with new fashion trends. The do’s and don’ts change daily, leaving us confused and lining the pockets of the industry leaders. How do we navigate a clothing industry filled with either fast fashion brands or expensive sustainable ones?
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Students saw the need for fresh produce as part of the UVA Food Pantry offerings and took action with help from the Equity & Environment Fund.
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Food insecurity is the lack of affordable fresh produce and other farm products, often in lower-income neighborhoods. UVA students are tackling the issue from many angles.
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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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It’s also important to highlight the young people who are at the forefront of this work, demanding action and inspiring others to get involved. This article highlights a group of four undergraduate students that are leading the charge at UVA, seeking to make our sustainability spaces more safe, equitable, and dynamic. Three students formed and lead the Environmental Justice Collective at UVA. Another is an Eco-Leader on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee.