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UVA Updates Building Standards in Alignment with 2030 Sustainability Goals
The University of Virginia has updated its building standards required for all future construction projects to further the institution’s progress in meeting its goals to be carbon neutral by 2030 and fossil-fuel free by 2050.
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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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The UVA Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Calculator was developed to enable UVA decision makers and stakeholders in considering all present and future costs

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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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Delta Force

To reduce energy use across UVA’s approximately 17 million square feet of building space, the UVA Delta Force Program in the Office for Sustainability works as an internal performance contracting program that increases energy efficiency in buildings and achieves energy savings.

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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.

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Climate Action & Energy

In 2011, the University set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% below 2009 levels by 2025. We achieved that goal in 2019, six years ahead of schedule, and are now aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030 and fossil free by 2050.