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UVA Health clinicians are working to increase efficiency, reduce waste and generate cost savings, while continuing to ensure outstanding patient care, by incorporating sustainability into their departments.
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student volunteers at green game
For the first time, all home football games this season will be “Green Games,” with student volunteers helping fans recycle and compost as much waste as possible.
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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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This year, Green Athletics planned and executed several exciting projects, including an environmental literacy survey, a plant-based snack series, two Soles 4 Souls drives, a sustainable menstrual hygiene education series, and two divert-and-donate move out events.
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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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A team of UVA and University of California at San Francisco researchers surveyed surgeons’ perspectives on operating room waste and found that an overwhelming majority acknowledged contributing to waste and were willing to adjust their workflow to reduce waste.
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A partnership between UVA and Dominion Energy results in green energy for all electricity consumption at the Darden School of Business.

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heat plant field trip
From student-taught courses to cutting-edge research and clubs, the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UVA has approached the challenge of integrating sustainability and technology in numerous ways.
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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.