Green Workplace

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Holiday Power-Down Checklist

Things get quiet on Grounds when the University community goes on break for the holidays -- it's a perfect time to ensure our energy usage takes a break too! 

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Reducing Single-Use Plastics

The University of Virginia’s 2030 Sustainability Plan includes a goal to reduce the total amount of waste to 70% below 2010 levels by 2030. To achieve this, the University must significantly reduce materials used, including single-use plastics.

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Sustainability is about finding “win-win-win” solutions that are good for the planet, people, and the bottom line. As the coronavirus pandemic has swept through and challenged the typical modes of operation for our University, extra emphasis has been placed on keeping people safe and reducing costs. Fortunately, many environmentally green solutions can also save some “green” and help us be good stewards of UVA’s resources during this tough time.
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Across Grounds, faculty and staff have committed to making UVA more sustainable. Several offices and departments have sought to incorporate sustainability into the work setting through the Green Workplace Program, including the International Studies Office (ISO). Read more about ISO's commitment to UVA's sustainability efforts!
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The Green Workplace Program (GWP) engages UVA employees in actions that conserve resources, save money, and advance sustainability.

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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 Workplace

The Green Workplace Program (GWP) engages UVA employees in actions that conserve resources, save money, and advance sustainability.

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Land & Buildings

With over 550 buildings and 3,300 acres of land, UVA demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability by ensuring robust environmental standards are applied to new construction, existing buildings and the extensive landscaped Grounds.