|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||May 29, 2015|
University of Virginia
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration
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Director - Office for Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:
A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:
UVA faculty, staff, and students participate in numerous inter-campus forums to advance sustainability, including presentations at conferences, participation in educational programs, and hosting events at the University.
In August 2014, UVA organized a summit for VASHE (the Virginia Association for Sustainability in Higher Education), to strengthen collaborative efforts in campus sustainability among institutions in Virginia. Thirteen colleges and universities, both public and private, participated in the one-day summit at UVA's Morven Farm. Additionally, U.Va.'s Sustainability Director is currently the Chair of this organization.
In November 2014, UVA researchers organized and hosted a two-day workshop for 5 colleges and universities as part of a larger EPA-supported effort to expand UVA's nitrogen footprint reduction program to higher education institutions, secondary schools, and other organizations.
UVA students, faculty and staff regularly attend the AASHE conference, the Smart and Sustainable Campuses conference, and other campus sustainability conferences. The majority of those attending have presented at the conferences, with some giving multiple presentations. Topics have included sustainable course development, student sustainability organization, intra-campus collaboration for sustainability, campus nitrogen footprint inventories, transportation demand management, and other topics.
The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Virginia Association for Sustainability in Higher Education. American Council on Renewable Energy. United States Green Building Council. Virginia Sustainable Building Network. APPA. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Society for College and University Planning. Association of University Architects.
A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :
The University also participates in multiple inter-campus collaborations to promote research in sustainability. For instance, the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program works to develop a predictive understanding of the response of coastal barrier systems to long-term environmental changes in climate, sea level and land use, and to relate these to the ecological services the coastal barrier systems provide. The program includes 6 campus partner institutions from Virginia, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.
The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.