|Submission Date||March 4, 2021|
University of Virginia
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration
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Director - Office for Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
UVA is a member of AASHE, the Department of Energy Higher Education Steering Committee, the ICLEI tree carbon accounting cohort (higher education and muncipalities), the EPA Green Power Partnership, and the Listening Post/Ivy Plus sustainability consortium.
Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:
The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
UVA is active in the Virginia Association for Sustainability in Higher Education and the Southeastern Sustainability Campus Network, which are both part of AASHE's Affiliates program: http://www.aashe.org/partners/affiliates-program/, as well as the Virginia Farm to University Working Group (https://sustainability.virginia.edu/sites/sustainability/files/2020-04/VAFarmtoUniversityForum_FullReport_31Mar2020-sm.pdf).
Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
AASHE conference, 2020:
"2 Universities, 1 Climate Goal" (Andrea Trimble, Calandra Waters Lake)
"The Staff Engagement Escalator: A Facilitated Discussion on Developing Human Potential" (Dana Schroeder)
"Green Cleaning" (Vibha Buckingham)
"Harnessing Student Enthusiasm to Create Institutional Change" (Sonali Luther)
"Beyond 'Likes' and 'Followers': how to create meaningful real-life engagement via Instagram" (Lela Garner)
Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
Department of Energy Better Buildings Solution Center - Higher Education Better Buildings Program
UVA also submitted a case study for the 2019 APPA Sustainability Award and a poster for the 2019 NACUBO Campus Efficiency showcase.
Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:
A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
UVA staff currently volunteer on the Department of Energy Higher Education Steering Committee and the USGBC LEED User Group for Higher Education.
Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
Yes - ongoing partnerships and information-sharing with Virginia Tech, James Madison University, and William and Mary including visits at each school or at UVA.
Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the peer review activities:
UVA staff were beta testers for the University of New Hampshire's Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP) as the tool was being developed. SIMAP is a comprehensive footprint-reporting tool that offers campuses a simple and affordable online platform for tracking, calculating, and reporting their carbon and nitrogen footprints.
UVA student interns are involved in the current and past AASHE STARS update.
A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
Beginning in 2020, UVA partnered with William and Mary to collaborate on a shared goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. A committee with representatives from both schools was formed and the committee has been working to advance collaborative projects.
Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.