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February 3, 2020
If you’ve ever recycled a peanut butter jar, you probably have had the same thought as me: by the time I have scrubbed it clean, rid the jar of all the oil, and diligently sorted it into its paper grocery bag to recycle, is this jar even going to make a difference? Where will it even go?
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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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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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Recycling

UVA Recycling facilitates recycling and waste management at the University, helping to ensure that opportunities for diverting materials from landfills are maximized, materials are properly sorted and tracked to meet UVA’s waste goals.

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Green Labs

Research labs at UVA make up 9% of the University’s physical footprint but are responsible for a quarter of its energy use. Most research institutions experience this imbalance, but why?

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Delta Force

To reduce energy use across UVA’s nearly 18,000,000 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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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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Green Workplace

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