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Recap some of our student employees' sustainable summer experiences!
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Grounds as a Living Lab

Connecting academics and operations is a unique strength of higher education’s ability to lead and innovate sustainability solutions.  At UVA, faculty, students, and staff are partnering on experiential projects in several courses to connect global ideas to local implementation.  This Grounds as a living lab approach strengthens both curricula as well as engagement and stewardship of our Grounds.

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The Rotunda at UVA

Teaching & Research Subcommittee

The Teaching and Research Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability, seeks to develop opportunities for interdisciplinary curriculum development and research. The subcommittee supports a University-wide living-learning laboratory approach and serves as a resource for faculty engaged in promoting sustainability literacy through teaching and research.

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Classroom instruction

Curriculum

Although sustainability can be learned through the study of practically any major, there are undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Virginia that specifically address environmental issues and sustainability. UVA offers over 150 undergraduate courses that tie together the three pillars of sustainability: equity, economy, and the environment. Some relevant degree programs, undergraduate courses, and other curricular offerings are highlighted below.

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Research

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Researchers in Ocean
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Sunrise from balcony in India
The summertime is a great opportunity for students to get out of the classroom and apply their knowledge in various new settings. This type of experience is especially important for students interested in sustainability since the topic requires such a diverse background of understanding and can be applied in a myriad of fields. However, many students cannot afford to take unpaid internships, which could negatively impact their career options post-graduation. The UVA Parents Fund Internship Grant (PFIG) addresses these issues by providing valued funding for unpaid internships.
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See third year Virginia Harris' recommendations for some new and old sustainability classes on Grounds!
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Check out Kyle's interview with Christie Julien, from the UVA Career Center, about how to approach a sustainable career.
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UVA Pavilion
Check out Kyle Canady's list of must-take classes for this fall!