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Liaison Andrea Trimble
Submission Date March 4, 2021

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University of Virginia
EN-3: Student Life

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lela Garner
Sustainability Coordinator
Office for Sustainability
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

UVA students across Grounds are passionately pursuing initiatives to make the University a more environmentally responsible and sustainable place. 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:

Animal Justice Advocates at UVa

Animal Justice Advocates at UVA is an organization that upholds students as valued participants in our education, committed to “leading lives of honor." The UVA Honor Committee frames our honor code as one that “calls us to be honorable to each other not merely by not committing transgressions, but also by doing reverence to the other in our midst.” The Education Without Violence campaign takes this commitment to revere “the other in our midst” seriously as we challenge our university not only to divest from violence against animals, but also to become a leader in progressive and compassionate education. Moving forward with great hope in the university, we are nonetheless mindful of the university’s history of oppression, and while committed to and focused on issues specific to animals, we aim to promote an understanding of the intersections of systems of oppression affecting animals, humans, and the environment. At a university founded on the principle of student governance, it is our responsibility as students to insist that the pursuit of knowledge be rooted in compassion; the alternative is a university grounded in oppression.

charity: water at UVA

charity: water at UVA works on behalf of the non-profit organization, charity: water, by spreading awareness of the global water crisis. We host exciting events to fundraise in support of providing clean, safe drinking water to communities in need.

CVille Solar Project

Understanding the inaccessibility of renewable energy in this current day and age, the CVille Solar Project works to ensure that members of the Charlottesville community can both embrace renewables and benefit from them. Through training its members to conduct solar surveys, create site plans, and wire up solar arrays, the CVille Solar Project works to greatly reduce the cost of solar energy through DIY methods. Moreover, through its committee Project Policy and Marketing & Outreach, the CVille Solar Project works to influence legislation of an environmental nature and widen the renewable energy space through understanding the renewable energy market.

Darden Energy Club

It is the mission of the Darden Energy Club to assist the Darden student body in gathering information about and facilitating employment in energy-related companies.

Following from this Mission Statement, the Darden Energy Club has set the following list of objectives:

To promote, organize and host annual speaker panels focused on issues related to the energy industry.
To help students learn more about the energy industry and to identify career opportunities in this industry.
To build and enhance Darden's reputation as an institution which provides students and faculty with opportunities to work in and learn about the energy industry.
To promote the discussion of energy-related topics by integrating cases and speakers into the First Year and Second Year course curriculum.
To build and maintain strong relationships with Darden alumni working in the energy industry.

Enactus at University of Virginia

Enactus at UVA is a project-driven organization that focuses on making a positive impact on the local community by using business and problem-solving skills. Every year, we host 4-6 projects that engage in consulting with a local client/small business and/or self-source projects to serve a local group or interest. Outside of our projects, we plan programs and events to enhance members' skills and perspectives. We aim to use the knowledge and skills of our members to help others live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, achieve economic prosperity, and improve their quality of life and standard of living through a business-driven lens.

Engineers Going Global

Our mission is to inspire students to be proactive and contextually-aware engineers who empower and strengthen communities to achieve a higher standard of living in a sustainable manner.

Environmental Sciences Organization

The Environmental Sciences Organization (ESO) provides a link between the Environmental Sciences Department and the students of the University. While the organization is mainly geared toward undergraduate majors and minors in the department, it has its share of members from many different disciplines of the University. However, all members have one thing in common--an interest in the Environmental Sciences. ESO aims to aid students in becoming more involved in and educated about the Environmental Sciences Department. Members are provided with many opportunities to get to know the professors in the department as well as what the department has to offer outside of a major or minor. One of the organization's core components is the aid, advice, and support that members have to offer each other about courses, activities, and resources within the department. ESO is able to do this through its many activities such as peer advising about courses, seminars about the department and professions in the Environmental sciences, and career and job search resources. Other enjoyable activities sponsored by ESO include the department barbeque, hiking trips, canoe trips, whitewater rafting, and a variety of fun outdoor activities. All University students are welcome to join and participate in any activity.

Environmental Justice Collective

This organization was created because we felt that such a space for BIPOC was lacking on grounds, and in the environmental justice world more generally, and decided to create one for ourselves. In doing so, we aim to provide mutual education and build a sense of community that fosters action. Through direct action, community building, and mutual education, EJC strives to provide a safe space for students of color and the larger UVA community to discuss environmental injustice in the United States and globally.

FeelGood at UVA

Do you like grilled cheese? Come join UVA's chapter of FeelGood, a national movement that brings college students together across the country to fight global poverty and hunger one grilled cheese at a time! We make our sandwiches fresh at delis every Sunday night outside Clem, and all proceeds go to The Hunger Project.

Global Development Organization

We are an organization aimed at connecting students and professors through discussions of important development questions that face our country today.

Green Frame

Green Frame is an urban design-build team focused on giving students across all majors experience in hands-on project design from concept to installation by creating sustainable projects. We were established in the fall of 2017. We seek to promote green technology holistically, ensuring that our installations are not only educational, but also interactive and beneficial to the UVA community.

Green Greeks

The purpose of Green Greeks:

Organizing ways to tackle the problems of sustainability in Greek life by providing solutions and implementing sustainable elements into houses and in daily-life on Grounds. Each sorority and fraternity house will have a Green Representative to represent their chapter in Green Greeks.
Cultivating a more ecological and socially beneficial mindset among Greek chapters and the surrounding community
Informing Greek chapters about other sustainability initiatives and CIOs on Grounds through facilitated communication, thereby working to unify and diversify sustainability at UVA.
Implementing Cans to Cans in Inter-fraternity houses
Facilitating Zero Waste Philanthropy events for Greek chapters

Green Grounds

Green Grounds is dedicated to educating and advocating for sustainable planning, design, implementation and operations on the grounds of the University of Virginia.

Formed in 2004 by planning and architecture students to address green design at the University, the group sponsors projects that encompass a range of sustainable design ideas – from green roofs to energy use to transportation. The group now branches out to collaborative projects all throughout the University and welcomes non-architecture students as well. Through each project, Green Grounds works with a diverse set of university stakeholders including administrators, staff, faculty, students and community members.

Holding a strong conviction that the University of Virginia can and should employ sustainable practices as part of their growth strategy, Green Grounds promotes a broad range of projects from minimization of energy consumption to selection of low environmental impact materials to site and improved supply efficiency to sustainability outreach.

Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have
University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.

Greens to Grounds

We are a non-profit, student-run CSA (community supported agriculture) model bringing fresh, local produce and specialty items to the UVA community. We strive to foster a more sustainable relationship between UVA and Charlottesville food producers. We seek to provide students, faculty, and staff with access to fresh, seasonal, and local food on a weekly basis, while providing local farmers and artisans with dedicated support from the University community. Join us in eating well, supporting Central Virginia farmers, and celebrating local food.

Growing for Change

Growing for Change works to develop stronger social ties with Westhaven public housing through collaborative efforts in creating individual gardens, tackling issues of limited space. We seek to provide access to nutritional foods and gardening programs.

Habitat for Humanity Club at the University of Virginia

Habitat for Humanity first began in 1976 on a small farm outside of Americus, Georgia. It was Linda and Millard Fuller’s dream to ensure that everyone had a decent place to place to live. Now, more than forty years later, Habitat for Humanity has partnered with more than thirteen million families and works in “nearly 1,400 communities across the United States of America and seventy countries [around the world].” This growth has been in no small part to the personal investment of former US President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and the tireless volunteers that work to make this dream a reality.

However, we are not done yet. According to the Albemarle County Housing Advisory Committee, more than 3,000 homes in the Charlottesville area qualify as “substandard,” with more than half of these homes being owned or occupied by low-income families that are unable to afford repairs. Families in this situation are able to apply to become partners with their local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. As a partner family, they will invest hundreds of hours, called “sweat equity hours,” into building their home and their neighbors’ homes alongside other volunteers, while also receiving “holistic housing counseling and homebuyer education classes [that will] help [them] build savings and improve their financial health in preparation for successful homeownership.”

At the Habitat for Humanity Club at the University of Virginia, it is our mission to work side-by-side with the homeowner as they seek to fulfill their dream of creating a strong, stable foundation for themselves and for their families. We do this by volunteering on the build-site weekly, fundraising money, going on seasonal trips, and advocating for policy change at a local and national level.

HERA Initiative at UVA

HERA Initiative (Health Education and Reproductive Advancement) is a CIO whose mission is to promote comprehensive sexual health education (CSE) in and around the UVA and Charlottesville community. Internationally-minded and culturally aware, we also aim to investigate the intersectionality of sexual health and human rights in the context of global development studies.


We are a student-run research team and synthetic biology interest group. Every year, we select a new team from our pool of applicants; those applicants will participate in the International Genetic Engineering Machine competition through Spring semester, Summer and Fall. Team members work together to discover problems that can be solved using synthetic biology, design and engineering solutions to those problems, and implement functional prototypes of those solutions that will be presented in October during the iGEM Conference in Boston.

Marine Science Society

The purpose of this organization is to inform the University of Virginia community of marine science happenings. In the past, group events included faculty and professional presentations, hiking trips, weekend visits to the Eastern Shore for whale watching and aquarium exploration, and volunteer work with the Rivanna Conservation Alliance. This semester we hope to continue as many of our in person social activities as possible, including socially distanced movie nights and a Rivanna river cleanup party! We'll be adapting as the semester goes on, but will continue to keep all our members updated on marine science opportunities on Grounds or in Charlottesville. Join our roster, hope to meet you soon!

Morven Kitchen Garden

The Morven Kitchen Garden (MKG) is part of UVA’s Morven Programs and provides opportunities for students to directly participate in sustainable agriculture from seed, to market, to plate.

At MKG’s one-acre garden, UVA students learn, lead, and connect through sustainably growing food. Students grow and tend vegetables, flowers, herbs, and bees. Produce sales through a CSA program and to UVA Dining support the garden programs and provide further learning opportunities. MKG is located thirteen miles from grounds at UVA’s Morven, a 2,913 acre farm owned by the UVA Foundation.

There are many ways for UVA students to be involved!

Learn – Educational garden opportunities include semester and summer internships, weekly workdays, class visits, student academic projects, and seasonal events.

Lead – MKG Exec, the garden’s student leadership team, advises, promotes, and connects the garden to grounds. Exec meets weekly each semester and is open to any interested UVA student.

Connect – Opportunities to directly engage with the garden, the local food system, and the local Charlottesville Community include garden workdays, garden tours, our CSA program, and events like Gazpacho in the Garden.

All UVA students are welcome to join us! No gardening experience required.

Net Impact @ Darden

Net Impact at Darden strives to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Our members share a passion for corporate responsibility, social enterprises, nonprofit management, community and international development and environmental sustainability. We are part of a global network with more than 300 chapters on six continents and thousands of student and professional members.

Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.

Net Impact at the University of Virginia

Net Impact at the University of Virginia is an organization run by students whose mission is to inspire, educate, and provide individuals with the necessary tools to intertwine business and social impact, creating a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. We focus on creating a positive change on grounds by raising awareness of sustainability careers, offering educational lectures on sustainability and social entrepreneurship outside the classroom, and building a community of like-minded individuals to foster discussion and collaboration.

In broader terms, Net Impact is a global nonprofit organization with students and professional members that has more than 240 chapters on six continents and thousands of professional, graduate, and undergraduate members.

Visit our website at: https://www.netimpactuva.com/

One for the World at UVA

OFTW uses rigorous, data-driven charity selection to find the most effective charities. At UVA, OFTW will encourage students to pledge 1% of their postgraduate income to these charities and educate our peers on global poverty www.1fortheworld.org

Outdoors Club at Darden

The mission of the Outdoors Club at Darden is to bring people together in the outdoors. We lead outdoor trips and activities that offer opportunities to relax, laugh, and build a more inclusive community. We believe that connecting outside of the classroom is essential to developing lifelong friendships amongst the many diverse groups at Darden.

There’s no doubt that the first-year experience at Darden can be intense—with its unrelenting wave of cases, cold calls, and recruiting—but the DOC exists to help students enjoy our time in business school and to strengthen our student community outside the Darden classroom. Once at Darden, I know you will find that the Outdoors Cub is more than an “outdoors” club. Many of my fondest memories from first year took place with friends and classmates I met through DOC events.

Charlottesville and the surrounding region boasts both stunning and accessible terrain for adventurers at every level of the outdoorsy/earthy-crunchy spectrum. Humpback Rocks is the most popular hike not far from Darden Grounds. This 3-mile out-and-back trail has become a mainstay for Darden students, as it’s located only 45 minutes away in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To me, Humpback offers the best view-per-mile (*not an official statistic) of the lower Shenandoah Valley. A bit farther away is Shenandoah National Park, which boasts Virginia’s most famous “Old Rag” hike. This 7-miler is a bit of a full-day hike, featuring tight rock scrambles and a majestic view from the top.

Only steps from Darden Grounds is the Rivanna Trail, which loops all-around Charlottesville and makes for great trail running or nature walks. On any given day, you’re likely to run into Darden students criss-crossing the path given its easy access from Ivy Garden, Huntington, and Pav apartments.

Outdoors Club at UVA, Ltd.

Outdoors at UVa is a group of students and community members united by their desire to enjoy and create community around outdoor activities with friends, while promoting safety and environmental preservation, giving back and developing leadership skills.

During the 2019-20 School year alone, club members led over 270 trips! This is especially impressive given that the school year was cut so short. Outdoors at UVa facilitates such outdoor excursions as hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing, trail running, canoeing, kayaking, caving, skiing, snowboarding, and certain other suggestions that come our way.

We have a large and active membership — nearly 500 active members. Most of our members are University of Virginia students, but we have many community and alumni members as well. As a member, you'll receive emails when someone “creates an adventure”, and you can use our website – the club’s central resource - to see what's planned. You'll sign up online whenever you see an adventure you like. You can go on as many or as few adventures as you wish. Most adventures have no participation fee and are fully reimbursed for gas costs.

Another huge benefit of joining our club is having access to club gear for free! We have lots of high quality gear for backpacking, camping, mountain biking, climbing (trad and sport), kayaking, and much more. Members can see what gear is available online, and visit our gear room during regular hours during the semester.

Membership is contingent upon payment of dues and signing a waiver releasing Outdoors at UVa from liability for any harm or injury sustained on an Outdoors at UVa facilitated excursion. Individuals are then given access to the club website, where they can sign up for trips.

Oxfam America Club at UVA

Oxfam America at UVA is a campus chapter of Oxfam America and works to educate and involve the UVA community in righting the wrongs of poverty and injustice facing people worldwide. check out: www.oxfamerica.org for more information!

Profit With Purpose

At Profit with Purpose we teach by doing. Beyond teaching core fundamentals, and connecting members with professionals in the impact investing industry, we hope to simulate the investment process. Our initiative looks for members from all majors, aims at helping beginners and experienced impact investing enthusiasts, and seeks to work closely with all other social entrepreneurship ventures on Grounds. We hope to provide alternative career opportunities for students who are passionate about social, environmental, and financial impact.

Ultimately, PwP is building the impact investing network UVA lacks, and eventually will create a fund alongside our educational program to give members real world experience with investing in mission-driven startups.

Project Peanut Butter at UVA

The main goal of Project Peanut Butter at UVA is to raise funds for the international organization as well as collaborate with similar goal-oriented organizations at UVA to address global public health challenges.

Solar Car Team at UVA

Solar Car Team at UVA is a chartered independent organization where students obtain hands-on interdisciplinary experience in the design, construction, testing, racing, and exhibition of solar cars. Students from all areas of study are welcome to join us!

The team is grouped into three sub-teams: mechanical, electrical, and operations. Mechanical deals with using advanced design and manufacturing tools to create braking, steering, suspension, chassis, and aerobody systems in addition to carbon fiber composites body work. Electrical is responsible for constructing an architecture combining battery, solar array, embedded processing, telemetry, and hardware integration systems. Operations works with fundraising, accounting, university and industrial relations, logistics, and outreach.

Student Planners Association

The Student Planners Association (SPA) promotes urban planning practice and equity in the built environment, and supports the professional and academic development of its members in urban and environmental planning professions. SPA represents students in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning -- both graduate and undergraduate – serving as a liaison between the student body, department, and faculty. We also welcome any students with an interest in planning from across the university to join us as members. SPA organizes planning-related and social events, connects members with training and professional development opportunities, and strives to engage with and serve the Charlottesville-area community on planning-related issues.

Veggies of Virginia

Veggies of Virginia is a student-run CIO that promotes a plant-based lifestyle. We advocate for health, environmental protection, sustainability, and the rights of all living things through community building, education, and outreach.

Virginia Student Environmental Coalition Charlottesville (VSEC)

The Virginia Student Environmental Coalition’s mission is to create space for students and community members to learn from people proximate to environmental justice issues in the Charlottesville area and beyond; to hold public institutions accountable to serving the greater good; to acknowledge the intersectionality of the environmental movement and dismantle white supremacy culture; to develop and care for relationships built on mutual trust; and to semiannually reevaluate our own structure and direction based on community concerns and input. Through education, advocacy, and direct action, VSEC strives to create a space that fosters critical engagement with our social, political, and physical environment.


Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

All projects are student-governed.

UVa Community Garden: Started by a student initiative, the University of Virginia’s Community Garden hopes to be a space for both Charlottesville and the University to learn more about organic gardening. Keeping with the agricultural traditions of the University’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, the garden is a place to foster the growth of community as well as food. The objectives of this garden are as follows: (1) To provide a valuable educational resource to UVa students, faculty, and staff; (2) To serve as a resource and link to the greater Charlottesville community; (3) To model the most economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable farming practices available to us, while preserving an integral part of the landscape and the local economy; (4) To provide UVa students, faculty, and staff with the opportunities to work on a farm and to learn the skills needed to produce food, experiencing its joys and challenges; and (5) To make UVa a model of organic gardening and sustainability. If you would like to join the UVA Community Garden volunteer email list for regular updates and volunteer opportunities, please send a note to uvacommunitygarden@gmail.com.

Thomas Jefferson Demonstration Garden: Located at the Hereford Residential College, the teaching garden is made up of Jefferson-documented “useful” plants, including varieties used for the production of food, medicine, textiles, dyes, and other materials that sustain and enhance life. The garden allows for hands-on teacher/student collaboration that encourages intellectual growth and enhances the physical characteristics of Hereford Residential College, all the while adhering to Hereford’s mission: to explore what it means to live responsibly as a sustainably-minded community.

Morven Kitchen Garden: Morven Kitchen Garden is a student run, one acre, living laboratory in sustainable market farming. Our mission is to provide student leadership opportunities in sustainable market farming, inspire community participation in local food systems, and to offer an outdoor laboratory for agricultural research. In recognition of Mc. McAuliff'es visionary leadership, funding was just approved for the creation of the First Lady's Food Lab, which will provide MKG the opportunity to expand its CSA and GAP certification to provide more student grown sustainable food in UVA Dining Halls. https://morvenkitchengarden.wordpress.com/, https://www.news.virginia.edu/content/uva-inaugurates-morven-food-lab-honor-first-lady-virginia

Madison House Community Garden: Volunteers work with Piedmont Virginia Community College students and community members to cultivate and maintain an organic garden for use as a practical learning platform for environmentally sound horticulture. Food produced in the garden is donated to the Haven.

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Greens to Grounds: a non-profit, student-run CSA (community supported agriculture) model bringing fresh, local produce to the UVA and Charlottesville community. They strive to create a sustainable relationship between the UVA student body and the Charlottesville agricultural community. They seek to provide students, faculty and community members with access to fresh, seasonal, and local produce on a weekly basis.

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Darden Capital Management (DCM) is a student organization that prepares students for careers in asset management by managing approximately $5 million of Darden’s endowment. One of five funds managed by DCM, the Rotunda Fund integrates sustainability research with fundamental analysis to select investments that are likely to outperform the market due to the improved long-term financial performance and lower risk features that accompany sustainable practices. The Fund is student-governed.


The UVA Student Council Sustainability team has also announced a DivestUVA campaign, working with students, faculty, and staff alike to raise awareness of responsible investment opportunities on Grounds and beyond. The DivestUVA coalition works to increase literacy around sustainable investment best practices.


Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

The Office for Sustainability and co-sponsors host around 80 student-facing events per year. Some of the major conferences and symposia over the past 3 years included:

The Bicentennial Sustainability Leadership Summit: In Fall 2018 the Office for Sustainability worked alongside numerous stakeholders to organize a 3-day summit for UVA students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Over the course of three days, hundreds of students attended various events focusing on exploring sustainability research, networking with sustainability-focused alumni, and learning about upcoming plans for sustainability on Grounds.


Our Evolving Food System: from Slavery to Sovereignty: In Fall 2018 the Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force (SFSTF) organized a two-day symposium which together scholars, the University, members of the Charlottesville community, and experts from other states to better understand the past in order to envision the future of our food system. Hundreds of students engaged in discussions and visioning to learn about the historical legacies of harm and injustice in our food system and develop ideas for change. The Symposium was the first of its kind at the University of Virginia and exemplified a commitment to further conversation and action around our evolving food system.


Farm to University Forum: In Spring 2020, students, staff, faculty, and local farms joined together for the Farm to University Forum. The goal of the gathering was to understand how Virginia Universities can better support Virginia's food and agricultural economy.

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

In 2019 the Write Climate class constructed an art installation in the center of campus to demonstrate the need to reduce global emissions. Hundreds of students attended the installation opening and thousands of students walk by the art piece daily. The installation was composed of recycled bottles that students procured, painted, and assembled as part of the class.


Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The UVA Outdoors Club is a student-led group that leads a variety of trips into the surrounding region. The Outdoor Recreation center also allows students to rent equipment that they want to go on a variety of excursions including camping, rock climbing and water sports. UVA Outdoors Club has hosted Leave No Trace discussions and posts Leave No Trace principles on their social media accounts, indicating broad public support.


Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Hereford Residential College focuses on promoting students’ well-being so that they may thrive during their college experience and beyond. Through a rich array of academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programming, interactions with faculty fellows, and student self-governance, they strive to enhance well-being through three interrelated and integrated foci: mindfulness, social awareness, and sustainability. The Residential College provides a number of education programs and social opportunities focused on teaching sustainable life skills such as gardening, waste minimization best practices, and healthy stress-management skills.

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Office for Sustainability hires a group of 15-17 paid student employees who work during the school year and summer, up to 20 hours per week. Sustainability Student Employees are committed to making sustainability part of the UVa community. The students work in teams to address four key areas of sustainability: Recycling, Energy & Water, Student Outreach and UVa Sustainability Promotion. Through various events and programs, the student employees coordinate & communicate the University’s sustainability efforts and educate their peers on ways to be more sustainable. Current Programs include:
• Sustainability Advocates Program
• UVa Sustainability Days
• Zero Waste Athletics
• Dorm Energy Race
• Recyclemania
• World Water Week
• Earth Week
• Chuck it for Charity

Sustainability Student Employees receive 8 hours of formal training at the beginning of the semester, followed by weekly staff meetings and weekly team meetings. The experienced team leaders are instructed to pass along knowledge regarding projects to their teams and meet with the Sustainability Coordinator regularly to plan and execute initiatives. Student Employees attend (when available) a summer retreat to set the outreach objectives for the year as well as team-building activities.


The UVA Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee also hires paid student co-chairs to lead the respective working groups. Co-chairs are expected to attend monthly ESS meetings, organize educational programming, and implement significant infrastructural changes in line with their topic areas.


Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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