Climate Action & Energy

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May 5, 2020
“UVA Sustainability partnered with many Charlottesville & Albemarle organizations on the ‘Earth Day Every Day’ campaign which encouraged the community to participate in different types of engagement on different days of the week all throughout the month of April.” Read more to learn about how the Office for Sustainability adapted to the "new normal" and ran a successful outreach campaign.
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University of Virginia Climate Goals - Frequently Asked Questions

University of Virginia Climate Goals - Frequently Asked Questions

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UVA Sustainability has created a page to answer questions about UVA’s new climate goals. In the coming months, an updated climate action plan will be developed and our partnership will William & Mary will continue to be built.

Clemons aerial image of solar panels at sunset with mountains in the distance.
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3 solar panel rows in a field
On September 17th, 2019, VA Governor Northam signed Executive Order Forty-Three to both expand access to renewable energy and support clean energy jobs.
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The Energy Working Group aims to leverage the enthusiasm and broad expertise of the University community to promote the energy conservation and decarbonization on 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. In 2017 UVA published an updated Greenhouse Gas Action Plan to accelerate work to meet this goal.  Detailed results and methodology on UVA’s greenhouse gas footprint are published in an annual GHG inventory report.

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Faculty member speaking at a Bicentennial Sustainability event.
Continuing on its path to assess and reduce the harmful impacts of reactive nitrogen, UVA became the first university in the world to release a Nitrogen Action Plan to meet this groundbreaking nitrogen reduction goal. By creating this first-ever Nitrogen Action Plan, UVA sets a transparent road map to meet its goal.
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UVA Grounds

Steward seeks to ensure the stability and longevity of both natural and human environments to support the goals and functions of the University. UVA’s Grounds consists of 550 buildings which includes a world class health system, a UNESCO World Heritage site, cutting edge research labs and classrooms that comprise a top tier public university that over 14,000 students call home.

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Students post ski trip
Read more to find out about the effects climate change is having on the winter sports industry.