Green Living

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Sustainability students in classroom
December 16, 2019
After its first semester, the Eco-leaders program flourished, by promoting green living in UVA dorms. Read more about what founder, Bobby Pazhwak, and his students have to say about the success of the program.
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Students working together at the School of Architecture

The Office for Sustainability hosts sustainability programs and services that help address UVA’s environmental footprint through buildings & operations as well as pan-university sustainability engagement and communications programs to accelerate sustainability awareness and action. To learn more about a specific program or service, please email sustainability@virginia.edu

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Green Living

Living on Grounds is a defining part of the undergraduate experience at UVA. However, with over two million square feet of residential living space operating 24/7, residence halls account for a significant portion of the university’s energy usage.

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Students holding succulents and certificates
During the Fall of 2018, the University of Virginia’s Office for Sustainability continued to invest in its Green Living Certification Program. This program engages with on-Grounds residents, encouraging the implementation of sustainable actions in students’ lifestyles. The process involves completing an online pledge, where the participant commits to 20 green living actions, such as switching to reusable shopping bags, reducing food waste and hang drying clothes. These simple steps are a good opportunity to educate UVA students on sustainable behaviors. Once a student becomes Green Living Certified, they receive a succulent, a Green Living Certified door decoration, and a sticker to acknowledge the participant’s efforts.