Nitrogen

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In 2013, the Board of Visitors updated the carbon reduction goal to also include a nitrogen footprint reduction goal, to reduce emission by 25% by 2025.

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Nitrogen

UVA is home to leading-edge nitrogen research that looks at impacts, causes and reduction strategies for reactive nitrogen. While most nitrogen in the atmosphere exists as inert gas, reactive nitrogen is found in many forms that contribute to environmental and human health issues, including algae blooms, ozone depletion, forest dieback, and respiratory illness. Reactive nitrogen is a common byproduct of three important processes: energy combustion, food production, and wastewater treatment.

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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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