Get Involved

Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to participate in making U.Va. a more sustainable community. Through committees, groups, volunteer events, jobs and internships, there are many ways to contribute to sustainability at U.Va.

Students

  • Sustainability Advocate Program – The Sustainability Advocate program aims to develop sustainability student leaders and provide students the opportunity to learn and engage in sustainability efforts at U.Va. The 50 student volunteers promote programs, educate peers and help grow U.Va’s green efforts. The program seeks to identify Sustainability Advocates (SAs) for all first-year dorms, upper-class dorms, residential colleges, and off-grounds rental housing. SAs meet every other week, develop sustainability projects, and educate their residents on sustainability issues throughout the school year.
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  • Student organizations – Over thirty sustainability-minded, Contracted Independent Organizations (CIOs) led by students approach sustainability from every angle, from responsibly sourced food in dining halls to initiating bike fixing stations around Grounds to making art with recycled materials.
  • Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee – A subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability, promotes and enables environmental stewardship via student, staff, and faculty engagement and direct action on Grounds. There are currently 13 working groups and five task forces.
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  • Civic Engagement Subcommittee – A subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability that works to expand and deepen sustainability into the U.Va. community, both on and off of Grounds. This subcommittee seeks to promote, engage, and advocate for policies and practices that build an inclusive, safe, healthy, and equitable community aligned with environmental principles to advance the well-being of this and future generations to come. There is currently one working group and two task forces.
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  • Events and volunteer opportunities – Stay informed about events and opportunities by subscribing to our newsletter or visiting our events web page. Our biggest Fall events are Game Day Challenge and Dorm Energy Race.
  • Jobs and internships – Students are given ample opportunities to gain professional experience, through sustainability related jobs and internships.
      These include:
    • Office for Sustainability student employees
    • Office for Sustainability summer interns
    • Parking & Transportation bike ambassadors
    • Human Resources– Hoo’s Well interns
  • Grants and funding

Faculty and staff

  • Green Workplace Program – The Green Workplace Program engages U.Va. employees and workplaces in actions that conserve energy, save money, and advance sustainability. The Program includes 60 actions workplaces can implement to be more sustainable. Credits range between one and five points, based on the anticipated level of effort required to implement each credit. Participants report their actions and earn a Green Workplace certification based on the total points achieved.
  • Online employee training – Offered through the U.Va. Integrated System (SSTL), the course, “Sustainability at U.Va: You Can Make a Positive Difference", offers a brief introduction to sustainability, an overview of sustainability at U.Va. and easy tips on how to be more sustainable in your daily routines.
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  • Sustainability Partners – A network of U.Va. employees who are interested in sustainability, both at work and a home, come together monthly to hear from local speakers, learn about sustainable practices at U.Va. and share sustainability tips.
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  • Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee – A subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability, promotes and enables environmental stewardship via student, staff, and faculty engagement and direct action on Grounds. There are currently 13 working groups and five task forces.
    Learn more »
  • Civic Engagement Subcommittee – A subcommittee of the University Committee on Sustainability that works to expand and deepen sustainability into the U.Va. community, both on and off of Grounds. This subcommittee seeks to promote, engage, and advocate for policies and practices that build an inclusive, safe, healthy, and equitable community aligned with environmental principles to advance the well-being of this and future generations to come. There is currently one working group and two task forces.
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  • Teaching & 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. The Subcommittee is co-chaired by Phoebe Crisman and Deborah Lawrence.