2013-2014 Environmental Stewardship Report

University of Virginia
The University of Virginia seeks to promote environmental
stewardship through direct action on Grounds. A collaborative approach, using the Grounds as a living laboratory and
involving students, staff, and faculty, provides many opportunities for engagement and consequently builds sustainability
literacy and conserves resources. U.Va.’s Environmental Stewardship Year in Review highlights the exciting and high-energy
work of sustainability leaders across the University working to
infuse sustainability into operational and social norms, with a
particular focus on projects implemented by Environmental
Impact Sub-Committee, the Office for Sustainability Student
Employees, and the Student Council Sustainability Committee,
during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Environmental Impact Sub-Committee (EIS)
Office for Sustainability Student Employees
Student Council Sustainability SubCommittee Members
Impact Reports: EIS and OFS Student
We a r e l o o k i n g f o r w a r d t o a n o t h e r
great year and would love to have
y o u b e a p a r t o f t h e s e e f f o r t s ! To
get involved, email:
Light Pollution
Open Space
Impact Report : Nitrogen
[email protected]
Impact Report : Student Council
Sustainability Subcommitee
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Environmental Impact Sub-Committee Members
The Environmental Impact Sub-Committee (EIS) is a sub-committee of the University Committee on Sustainability and
promotes environmental stewardship on U.Va.’s Grounds, via student, staff, and faculty engagement. Each of the
eight working groups are led by two co-chairs (typically a student and a faculty/staff member), who help facilitate discussions and assist the working group in implementing projects.
EIS Co-Chairs
Don Sundgren
Chief Facilities Officer
Cheryl Gomez
S t o r m W a t e r W o r k i n g G r o u p : Jeff Sitler, Associate Director
for Environmental Resources—Facilities Management; Kristin Carter,
Environmental Engineer—Facilities Management; Andrew Robinson,
Environmental Sciences Graduate Student; Janice Zhuang, Civil Engineering ’14; Ainsley Springer, Environmental Sciences ’14; Rebecca
Stoner Civil Engineering ’15; Cassandra Cossans, Environmental Sciences ‘15; Jennifer Ren, Environmental Sciences ’15; Alicia
DeGraffenried, Civil Engineering ’15; Grace Long, Civil Engineering
‘16; Paul Kim, Civil Engineering ‘17
Water Working Group
Abby Lunstrum, CLAS, Graduate Student (Co-Chair)
Katherine Grove, Senior Architect, Office of the University Building Official (Co-Chair)
Brynn Cook, CLAS Graduate Student
Kyle Mavity, SEAS ‘17
Ellen McAlexander, Architecture ‘17
Green Dining Working Group
Chris Stevens, Sustainability Manager—U.Va. Dining (Co-Chair)
Blake Foster, Environmental Policy & Planning ’16 (Co-Chair)
Light Pollution Working Group
Ricky Patterson, Senior Scientist—Department of Astronomy
Helen Wilson, Assistant University Landscape Architect—Office
of the University Architect
Jennifer Natyzak, Environmental Science ‘16
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Environmental Impact Sub-Committee Members
Transportation Working Group
Alex Pawlowski, Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science
‘14 (Co-Chair)
Becca White, Director of Parking and Transportation (Co-Chair)
Sheila Borkar, Civil Engineering ‘14
Meredyth Sanders, Urban and Environmental Planning 4th Year
Lauren Nguyen, Financial Accounting ‘15
Meigan McManus, Environmental Science ‘15
Alex Wolz, Pre-Commerce ‘17
Energy Working Group
Jesse Warren, Sustainability Program Manager—Buildings & Operations—Office for Sustainability (Co-Chair)
Cameron Thum, Commerce and Environmental Thought and
Practice ‘ 16 (Co-Chair)
Reba Camp, Administrator—Environment of Care—UVa Medical
Kendra Patrick, Civil/Environmental Engineering ‘17
Adrianna Gorsky, Environmental Thought and Practice and Environmental Science ‘16
Wyatt Crawley, Commerce and Environmental Thought and
Practice ‘16
Open Space Working Group
Fred Missel, Director of Design & Development—UVA Foundation
Julia Monteith, Senior Land Use Planner—Office of the Architect
Jeff Sitler, Associate Director for Environmental Resources—
Facilities Management
Kristine Vey, Senior Project Manager—Facilities Management
Helen Wilson, Assistant University Landscape Architect—Office
of the Architect
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Environmental Impact Sub-Committee Members
Ashley Badesch, CLAS ’13,
Batten ‘14 (Co-Chair) - Pictured
Jessica Wenger, Environmental
Projects Manager—Facilities
Management (Co-Chair)
Sonny Beale, Recycling Program
Superintendent—Facilities Management
Callie Houghland, CLAS ‘17
Scott Connuck, CLAS
Love Johnson, CLAS ‘16
Abby Lunstrum, Science CLAS
Graduate Student
Megan McDaniels, CLAS
Amy Muldoon, Technical Coordinator—Weldon Cooper Center
Tara Razjouyan, Batten
Andrea Trimble, Director—
Office for Sustainability
Composting: Graphics and
Standards Task Force
Sonny Beale, Recycling Program
Superintendent—Facilities Management
Vibha Buckingham, Associate Director for Building Services—
Facilities management
Andrew Greene, Sustainability
Planner—Office of the University
Richard Hopkins, Landscape Superintendent—Facilities Management
Reginald McGhee, Housekeeping
Zone Manager—Facilities Management
Nina Morris , Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Manager—Office for Sustainability
Christopher Stevens, Sustainability Manager—Dining Services
Andrea Trimble, Director—Office
for Sustainability
Zero Waste Athletics
Task Force
Waste, Recycling, &
Materials Working Group
Jessica Wenger, Environmental
Projects Manager—Facilities
Helen Wilson, Assistant University
Landscape Architect—Office of
the University Architect
Ashlehy Badesch, CLAS ‘13,
Batten ‘14
Matt Boegner, SEAS ‘14
Ford Whitticar, CLAS ‘16
Blake Foster, CLAS ‘15, Batten
Sonny Beale, Recycling Program
Christopher Stevens, Sustainability Manager—Dining Services
Jessica Wenger, Environmental
Projects Manager—Facilities
Styrofoam Task Force
Lucas Alcantara, SEAS
Brandon Allen, CLAS
Love Jonson, CLAS ‘16
Amy Muldoon, Technical Coordinator—Weldon Cooper Center
Jennifer Natyzak, Environmental Science ‘16
Christopher Stevens, Sustainability Manager—Dining Services
Laura Szczyrba, CLAS
Alyssa Tsantes, Environmental
Thought and Practice, ’14
Sydney Turner, SEAS
Jessica Wenger, Environmental
Projects Manager—Facilities
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Office for Sustainability Student Employees
OFS Student Employee Recycling Team
Lauren Nguyen, Commerce ‘15
Meredyth Snaders, Urban and Environmental Planning ‘14
Erica Stratton, Urban and Environmental Planning ‘14
Laura Szcyrba, Environmental Science and Spanish ‘16
Jonathan Torre, Chemistry ‘14
OFS Student Employee Water and Energy Team
Marta Woldu, Environmental Science and Global Development
Studies ‘15
Adrianna Gorsky, Environmental Science and Environmental
Thought and Practice ’16
Tim Metzger, Environmental Science ‘16
Student Council Sustainability Subcommittee Members
Jon Torre, CLAS ‘14
Trevor Turner, CLAS ‘15
Holly Mayton, SEAS ‘14
Vanessa Ehernpreis, CLAS ‘16
Brandy Allen, CLAS ’16
Brittany Hacker, CLAS ‘17
Christine Wehner, CLAS ‘14
Chris Keeling, CLAS ‘17
Dyanna Jaye, CLAS ‘15
Jacob Promisel, CLAS ‘17
Emilia Gore, CLAS ‘15
Amin Kraimeche, CLAS ‘17
Emily Blanton, CLAS ‘15
Alex Russell, CLAS ‘16
Kelly MacDonald, CLAS ‘15
Alex Wolz, CLAS ‘17
Kelsey Veazey, ARCH ‘16
Katie Carter, CLAS ‘16
Lia Cattaneo, SEAS ‘16
Jennifer Natyzak, CLAS ‘16
Rebecca Walker, CLAS ‘15
Susannah Derr, CLAS ‘16
Tim Metzger, CLAS ‘16
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Impact Report: STORM WATER
EIS Storm Water Working Group
The Storm Water Task Force (SWTF) has an ultimate goal of improving local streams by reducing the volume of storm water that leaves
Grounds and improving the quality of the water that does. A philosophy adopted by the SWTF is that a reduction in quantity of storm
water runoff is a foremost priority, which will in turn reduce downstream erosion and transport of sediment, nutrients, and pollutants.
The SWTF worked to identify opportunities and establish relationships for doing so. To encourage and promote student involvement,
SWTF also focused on student outreach and education this year. The
students created many materials for future outreach initiatives, and
an online presence as an avenue for outreach.
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Impact Report: STORM WATER
Projects Developed and Implemented
Students conducted a survey to
identify accessible rooftop downspouts that are directly connected to
the storm sewer system to determine which downspouts may be
modified to drain to a storm water
management practice in order to
reduce the university’s total storm
water discharge.
Members created a poster display board and educational ads for SustainaCider night, Charlottesville Earth Week
Benefit Concert, and
World Water Day Expo.
Issues covered include
pet waste cleanup, lawn
care, litter cleanup, cigarette litter, and sustainable Beta Bridge painting
In order to promote storm water related
events, projects, and best management practices, the task force created its own website.
Additionally, the task force created a Flickr
page and a Facebook page.
The task force is currently developing rating
curves for Distillery Run, which will allow discharge at multiple points to be continuously
measured. This will help determine which
areas produce the most discharge and will
provide relevant information for engineering
projects currently being planned to improve
the stream.
The SWTF applied for a Grounds Improvement Fund (GIF) grant to address
erosion, accessibility and safety issues
around the Clark Hall Nook, including
installment of storm water management features. Grant money was not
received, but the task force will pursue
other funding options.
In November 2013, the SWTF and other students helped Facilities Management plant over 1,000 Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ grass plants in the
buffer zone surrounding the newly
daylighted and improved tributary to
Meadow Creek next to Carr’s Hill Field.
The task force designed bus ads to
educate UVA students on storm water
issues. The ads targeted issues relatable to UVA students such as plastic cup
and cigarette butt littering, proper
Beta Bridge paint disposal, as well as
the general education of storm water
Impact Report: STORM WATER
Lessons Learned
EIS Storm Water Working Group
The SWTF learned that while identifying new opportunities, such as
the Clark Nook, it was best to try to get project managers to consider
storm water management early on in the planning, budgeting, and
design phases. Physical projects around Grounds take time and don’t
always fit into an academic year. There are various funding sources
such as the Grounds Improvement Fund (GIF), Green Initiatives
Funding Tomorrow (GIFT) grant, Parents’ Committee grants, and
CLAS Science Outreach grants. For outreach, tabling events, interactive displays or activities, or giveaways, attract a larger audience.
Coordination between students and university departments are
helpful to push projects forward, as well as expand outreach. In addition, each project the SWTF undertook was a great learning opportunity for the student members in various storm water practices,
grant writing, the project planning and design processes, and outreach strategies.
Next Steps
EIS Storm Water Working Group
The SWTF’s next steps include expanding the university outreach
agenda, applying for funding for future outreach initiatives and
storm water projects, continuing with long-term projects, and identifying new project opportunities. We hope to rerun the bus ads and
use them as flyers around Grounds. The SWTF will maintain their
online presence as an avenue for outreach. We will continue to track
development around Clark Hall and Dawson’s Row, to monitor flow
and water quality in Distillery Branch, and to identify rooftop disconnection opportunities. The group would also like to continue educating the U.Va. community on responsible Beta Bridge painting
through email blasts to student groups and working to install bins for
painting supply waste. Possible future projects include working with
other organizations to put up cigarette butt litter signage near dispensers, working with the Hereford Heritage Garden committee to
implement their rain garden GIFT project, improving cistern use on
Grounds, and increased use of permeable pavers.
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Impact Report: WATER
EIS Water Working Group
This year, the Water Working Group elected to pursue a series of
both finite and broader policy-level projects. Bottle Fill Station Retrofits, a ‘Tap That’ Poster Campaign, and Dorm Water Challenge are
projects that target individual user education and action. These projects address cost savings for users; more responsible use of global
water resources; reduction in petroleum, energy and carbon dioxide
emissions (from the manufacture, shipping and recycling of singleuse plastic water bottles); reduction of plastic waste in oceans; and
reduction of the University’s potable water use and waste/recycling
In tandem with impact on individual user actions and reduction in on
-Grounds Housing water use, the greatest potable water uses on
Grounds are institutional: water used in chiller plants to cool buildings, water used in the Health System and for academics (lab processes), and water used by the Dining System and Athletics Event
Management. Targeting these institutional potable water uses requires working across Groups and disciplines within the University to
achieve measurable success. Chiller plant water use is being studied
through Energy & Utilities, and Dining and Event Management have
begun looking into the logistics of all waste streams, including the
use of plastic water bottles. This team plans to work more specifically on projects with these groups in the next academic year. Significant steps were taken toward preliminary data collection for setting
an institutional water reduction goal. First, the working group coordinated with the Global Sustainability Minors to create three student
groups focused on potable water issues on Grounds and gave feedback and guidance as the groups developed projects during the
spring term. Second, through coordination with the Office for Sustainability, a ½ time summer intern position was created dedicated
to researching and preliminary writing toward the UVa Water Conservation Target. The working group will support this intern over the
summer to help develop the goal.
OFS Student Employee Water and Energy Team
In the spring, the team hosted our annual World Water Day Fair, and this year, the day was extended into a weeklong
celebration. The events included a crafting day where UVA Recycling helped collect 1500 recycled water bottles to build
a pyramid to visually represent the number of water bottles consumed in the United States per second, a lecture on
Water Sustainability, our annual World Water Day Expo, and a Stream Clean Up.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: WATER
Projects Developed and Implemented
The ‘Tap That’ Poster Campaign encouraged the use of reusable water
bottles by highlighting the cost savings. The Water Group hung these
posters at the locations of all existing bottle fill stations on Grounds.
As part of the World Water Day Celebration, the Water and Energy Team
hosted a Stream Clean up at Schenks
Greenway with the Environmental
Science Organization.
This year, the Water and Energy
Team extended World Water Day
into a weeklong celebration.
The Water Group informally polled
students, staff and faculty to identify
locations around Grounds where
bottle fill stations would be highly visible and accessible. Existing water
fountains in the Aquatic Fitness Center, Alderman Library, Clemons Library, Clark Hall, and Nau-Gibson are
being replaced with combination
fountain/bottle fill stations.
At the World Water Day Fair, the
Water Group manned a table to
inform students about the bottle
retrofit project and poll students
on future desired retrofit locations.
U.Va. Recycling and the Water and
Energy Team created a 1500 water
bottle pyramid to display. U.Va.
Sustainability, Deeper Missions,
Rainwater Harvesting, the Rivanna
Conservation Society, and UVa Dining also participated in the fair.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: WATER
Lessons Learned
EIS Water Working Group
This year, the Water Group had greatest success with the Bottle Fill
Station Retrofit and associated ‘Tap That’ Poster Campaign, attributed to the manageable scope of the projects and alignment of the
project scope with areas where the Group members already have
direct involvement and ability to impact implementation. Through
these projects, the group also successfully engaged with Housing &
Residence Life on multiple fronts, and they have now requested we
continue the ‘Tap That’ campaign with further graphics related to
dorm bathroom water use. The group were not able to ramp up
quickly enough with the Dorm Water Challenge project to implement
the Challenge this academic year. The group learned the benefits to
starting the Water Challenge concurrent with the Dorm Energy Challenge, and can successfully time the work to implement and move
this project forward next fall. The Water Group made limited progress toward a UVa Water Use Reduction Target; this year, time was
devoted to understanding the scope of the task. As the academic
year closesd the group began to outline the research that must be
assembled to frame the discussion, and the group will help oversee
the initial data gathering.
OFS Student Employee Water and Energy Team
The Water and Energy Team learned to work early and take booking
restrictions and room reservations into serious account. There are
some situations that are unforeseeable - such as the snow in late
March that interfered with the first two days of the World Water
Week events, however in these cases, one should have a rain site
and send out changes in event details immediately.
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Impact Report: WATER
Next Steps
EIS Water Working Group
This spring, the Water Group will complete the printing and hanging
of the ‘Tap That’ posters and oversight of the installation of the remaining bottle fill station retrofits that have been funded. Over the
summer, the co-chairs will help develop and oversee the research
work of an intern assembling data for use in determining a U.Va. Water Conservation Target, and continue to work on this project.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the following projects are anticipated: implementation of the 1st Dorm Water Challenge, continuation of the Bottle Fill Station Retrofits and/or a portable outdoor
bottle fill station for use across Grounds based on available funding,
and design and implementation of a ‘Tap That’-related sticker program to promote water conservation in dorm bathrooms. The Group
also plans to draft a policy change request for consideration by the
Sustainability Council and the Board of Visitors to eliminate giveaways of single-use plastic water bottles.
Work towards developing a Water Conservation Target will continue,
in tandem with other groups. And additional projects will be developed based on the interests and carrying capacity of the Group’s
membership. Of note, two areas of significant potable water use on
Grounds – Academic lab process water and Health System potable
water use – are challenges that can also be addressed with critical
thinking in the coming academic term.
OFS Student Employee Water and Energy Team
The Water and Energy Team hopes to work with the EIS Water
Working Group to incorporate a Water Conservation challenge into
the Dorm Energy Race. For all events, the team plans to work in advance and have more frequent progress updates within the group.
In addition, the team will aim to more strategically schedule our
events and initiatives around other similarly themed events on
Grounds and to co-sponsor events with more green-friendly organizations and departments this year to target a wider audience and
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: DINING
EIS Dining Working Group
During the 2013-2014 academic year, Green Dining initiatives
demonstrated significant progress in the furtherance of sustainable
dining practices at the University. Waste diversion was a pronounced
component within the portfolio of anticipated goals. Composting of
food waste on Grounds was expanded to include a total of 20 locations managed by U.Va. Dining. As a result, the organic diversion rate
in 2013 increased approximately 50%. Over 148 tons (US) of organic
waste material was repurposed as compost in 2013. Additionally,
unique events such as Game Day Challenge and Recyclemania not
only helped increase overall diversion rates, but simultaneously
raised awareness and encouraged student participation. In an
attempt to proactively limit waste, reusable ware programs were
encouraged through the promotion of reusable to-go boxes as well
as distribution of reusable mugs. Sustainable packaging is engrained
in the purchasing protocol for a significant portion of U.Va. Dining’s
program, which increases diversion capabilities.
Green Dining continuously strives to increase its sustainably sourced
menu options. The undertaking includes, but is not limited to, offering Meat-Free Monday meals, providing a designated residential vegan station, increasing the purchasing capacity of certified Fair Trade
products, procuring local and/or organically grown food items, and
sourcing sustainably harvested seafood. Green Dining outreach
efforts were incorporated into U.Va. Sustainability programing for
World Water Day, Campus Sustainability Day and Earth Day. In addition, a significant amount of outreach was directed at promoting
unique Sustainable Food events again, intended to promote awareness of U.Va. Dining’s sustainability efforts.
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Impact Report: DINING
Projects Developed and Implemented
In celebration of World Water Day, sustainable seafood was offered in residential dining locations.
On several occasions, Green Dining actively promoted the use of reusable togo mugs by providing free mugs and
Many special events were hosted at
select dining locations, intended to inform students on the value of and the
current practices of sustainable food
sourcing at U.Va.
Momentum from the established
Meat Free Monday program carried into a daily vegan station introduced in residential dining program.
Dining installed multiple three
stream waste receptacles in order
to expand composting program to
include post consumed food waste
and increase recycling capacity.
As part of the Game Day Challenge,
student volunteers informed patrons on proper disposal methods
and further sorted organics and
recyclables, in an attempt to divert
from the waste stream. Products
and packaging were converted in
order to help facilitate effectiveness.
For Campus Sustainability Day,
Green Dining promoted participation in the reusable to go container
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: DINING
Lessons Learned
Waste diversion, specifically the expansion of Green Dining’s composting program in 2013-14, proved incredibly successful, in a back
of house capacity. The same cannot however be said about postconsumer food waste programs. The introduction of front of house
composting opportunities proved to be somewhat problematic, and
contamination rates were at times well beyond acceptable levels.
Despite pronounced signage and robust outreach efforts, traditional
behavior perpetuated, and several locations were temporarily suspended from participating in the program. In order to facilitate
lasting change, outreach efforts need to be accompanied and supported by policy, expanded infrastructure and standardized practice.
In addition, participating locations need to evaluate and prepare to
make potential modifications to packaging and products that may
prove to be a contaminant.
Next Steps
During the academic year of 2014-15, Green Dining intends to expand on existing composting practices and make program modifications where appropriate. Organic waste diversion efforts will continue to expand, in order to incorporate special or unique events when
and where it is feasible to do so (athletics, catering, etc.) In order to
facilitate the continued success of the composting program, modifications and expansions will be accompanied by additional outreach
efforts and with a broader distribution of relevant information. In an
attempt to proactively thwart potential contamination of respective
waste streams, it is dining’s intent to develop and implement an upcycling program at specific locations. In addition, the conversion of
disposable/single use products will be examined and implemented at
participating program locations. It is always Dining’s intent to actively promote the value of existing, reusable ware programs and continuously encourage participation. In an effort to reduce food waste
generated at the source, it is Green Dining’s wish to strengthen its
working relationship with Campus Kitchen and examine additional
food donation scenarios. The existing availability of sustainably
sourced food items continues to expand from year to year. Sustainable food items will continue to be sourced and offered when seasonally available. In addition, Green Dining will work closely with U.Va.’s
nitrogen research team to track and ensure that dining’s offerings
are aligned with anticipated reductions strategies.
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EIS Light Pollution Working Group
The Light Pollution Working Group continues to promote the use of cut-off light fixtures (poles or building mounted)
and to discuss methods by which to determine building light spill.
A non-cut off building-mounted fixture typical of those on older buildings in the Observatory Sensitive Zone (left). A full cut-off building
mounted fixture was installed at Slaughter Rec. building (right). Many
more full cut-off fixtures should be installed to replace the non-cut off
fixtures, starting with those fixtures within the Observatory Sensitive
Observatory Mountain Engineering Facility (left) and the High Energy
Physics Lab (right) both have a significant amount of non-cutoff.
The variation in the lighting levels on the
ground, coupled with the intense glare from
the unshielded wall pack, makes for poor
lighting both in terms of safety and light
pollution from non-cut off building mounted
fixtures at night, as seen above.
The illumination level on the ground is
better, and there is almost no glare from full
cut-off building-mounted fixtures, as seen
below, leading to better lighting in terms of
safety and light pollution.
A full cutoff pole fixture was installed to illuminate pedestrian
crossing. These fixtures have replaced 44 non-cutoff fixtures
across Grounds and improved pedestrian crossing safety. Over a
hundred of these fixtures have
been installed at crosswalks.
Next Steps
The Light Pollution Working Group will continue to promote the use of cut-off light
fixtures, both poles and building mounted and discuss methods by which to determine building light spill.
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EIS Transportation Working Group
This year, with the impending graduation of the group’s student
lead, Alex, and an EIS-wide directive towards long-term plans, the
Transportation Working Group focused on projects with long-term
implications compared to the high-impact, short-term projects completed in previous years. At the very core of this mission, one of the
group’s GIFT projects, Redefining Transportation, assembled a total
of 30 students, staff, faculty, and local residents to evaluate mobility
around U.Va. during a 2 hour workshop entitled Sustained Mobility.
While the Carbon Reduction Plan and Nitrogen Reduction Plan affect
vehicle transportation, the working group realized that mobility
(both motorized and non-motorized) better addressed the root problem: multiple alternative trip modes from source to destination.
While Sustained Mobility did not consider ADA mobility needs, it did
consider bus routes, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian access, flooding, and nighttime safety in detail by splitting participants into predefined University quadrants and facilitating discussion. Following the
event, Kimberley Horn compiled the maps and notes written from
the event to draft a summary which was then prioritized by the
working group to create a Master Plan for the University. Outside of
this project, the working group led a special committee to select the
vendor, Social Bicycles, for the Bike Share program debuting in the
fall; distributed free front and rear bike lights while hosting a bike
safety quiz, U.Va. Police bike registration, and a bike safety pledge;
and held monthly maintenance workshops at the fix-it stations
placed by the group in prior years.
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Projects Developed and Implemented
Social Bicycles will be the vendor for U.Va.’s Bike Share in the
Fall, featuring on-board electronics to park anywhere within a
set region or temporary region for game days.
The group placed Bike Hang Tags on bikes outside
of Clark to advertise Earth Week and provide a 10%
discount on a helmet at Blue Ridge Cyclery or Bike
During Sustained Mobility, students discussed bus
routes in the Central Grounds and South Lawn area.
Discussion on bike infrastructure during the Sustained Mobility
workshop yielded a call to fix deficient designation along Emmett and to improve bike facilities North of Ivy, as seen in the
summary map (left). Wider sidewalks between the Engineering
School and South Lawn and stair construction to Kerchof Hall
from Jefferson Park Avenue were two suggestions from the
walking access discussion, as seen in the summary map (right).
During the HellUVa Festival, students
could take a Bike Safety Pledge.
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Lessons Learned
After beginning surveys in the fall of 2010 and earning a Transportation Enhancement Grant in the Spring of 2012 for a bike share system at U.Va., Bike Share will finally begin service in Fall 2014. Current
student members of the group understand better than anyone the
long and arduous process that implementing Bike Share at the University has been. Some were involved with the project from the start
of their first year only to see it finally begin service after they graduate. They saw timelines expand, and promises grow hard to keep.
From that experience, the group’s long-term plan was chosen as a
prioritization plan over a set goal with a set date to allow flexibility
when future obstacles delay implementation. Because the group had
multiple projects, the group remained productive while accommodating obstacles with projects. Finally, the group was able to diffuse
knowledge from Alex to its members to help ease the transition for
following years.
Next Steps
The next step for the working group is to gather comments on its
ranked priorities in its Grand Vision for Mobility in time for the September meeting of the Board of Visitor’s Building and Grounds Committee. If the plan can be recognized, it will provide a demonstrated
need for future student-led and staff-led projects to address concerns raised in the Grand Vision. The group will then evaluate one or
two of the concerns for a possible GIFT or GIF grant this Fall or next
March, respectively. This Fall, Bike Share will provide students, staff
and faculty a new transit option to reach destinations between West
Grounds and Central Grounds. With Social Bicycles, on-board electronics will allow temporary stations to be set up for game days and
large events when bus transit stops, while also decreasing the cost of
future installations as Bike Share expands. In addition, system-wide
tracking of source and destination of each bicycle will allow the
group to begin analysis on well-traveled corridors to demonstrate
need of future corridor improvements. Finally, with the success of
giving out free bike lights during the hellUVa festival, the group will
look to do another in the Fall and reevaluate pushing for UVa
Bookstore and TJ’s Corner to sell bike lights and helmets. This, in addition to future bike safety events and Bike Share, will increase the
attractiveness of cycling to a greater spread of the University.
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Impact Report: ENERGY
EIS Energy Working Group
The Energy Working Group began operations in October, following a
full turnover of chairs and team members, by attempting to set goals
to guide the Group’s efforts. These goals focused on three primary
areas – changes to the physical infrastructure towards increased energy efficiency, education to inform students about energy conservation issues, and initiatives to change energy consumption behavior.
The Group then began research into peer institutions to gather information regarding setting an overall energy reduction goal. In addition to goal setting and research, the Group participated in the Dorm
Energy Race and IDEA’s 3rd annual campus energy system video contest. Additionally, the Group paired with the Office for Sustainability
and the Sustainability Advocates to head up Dark Side of the Lawn,
an event meant to occur on the Lawn at night to call attention to
light pollution and the benefits of dark skies, energy conservation,
environmental awareness, bike safety at night, and mindfulness with
participation from the Student Council Sustainability Committee, the
Light Pollution Working Group, the Astronomy Club, Bike UVA and
the Contemplative Sciences Center; planned activities included stargazing, music, games, bicycle light displays & giveaways, dance incorporating hand held lighting, and mindfulness exercises. Despite presenting a very detailed plan and soliciting feedback from many U.Va.
stakeholders, ultimately, it was decided that the event did not fit the
OFS Student Employee Energy Team
The Energy Team hosted The Dorm Energy Race, a month long competition, from October to November, between the first year dorm
areas to see who could reduce the most amount of their energy usage. For IDEA’s 3rd annual campus energy system video contest, the
Water and Energy Team along with other student employees and
employees in Energy & Utilities collaborated to create a short video
about the unique attributes and innovations of the district energy
system at U.Va., presented as a parody of the song “I Love It” by
Icona Pop; the video received 2nd place. The Team also assisted in
planning the ultimately unsuccessful Dark Side of the Lawn event.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: ENERGY
Projects Developed and Implemented
For IDEA’s 3rd annual campus energy system video contest, students and employees in Energy & Utilities created a short video to
the song “I Love It” by Icona Pop to share the unique attributes of
the district energy system at UVa.
Gooch/Dillard had the highest percentage of total energy reduction at the end of the Dorm Energy Race.
Planning for the Dark Side of the Lawn event culminated in a night
time walk through with the Security and General Safety Committee,
so everyone could view the Lawn with the lights turned off.
Chalking (left) occurred in high traffic areas for first years to
encourage and promote participation in the Dorm Energy
Race. A trivia contest was held to test the knowledge of energy facts pertinent to Grounds. The winner (right) received a
box of Wings Over Charlottesville.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: ENERGY
Lessons Learned
EIS Energy Working Group
Despite a productive year, there were still a number of ways in which
the Group could improve. One significant takeaway was the amount
of time needed to set goals. The Group’s hope of setting an energy
reduction goal demanded an amount of time, research, and effort
that was not easily satisfied in the short time frame allotted. Furthermore, the Group has learned that it is easier to plan and run smaller
events than large-scale events. This could be seen with the Dark Side
of the Lawn event which, although it had great potential, was never
able to come to fruition due to the University Administration’s concerns regarding safety at the event.
OFS Student Employee Energy Team
The Energy Team learned that a month is a long time to continually promote an event and the results of the Dorm Energy Race
seemed to reflect more of the uncontrollable changes like the
chiller in Gooch/Dillard. The Team hopes to restructure the Dorm
Energy Race in the future. One of the biggest takeaways learned
from trying to plan Dark Side of the Lawn was to be persistent
and always follow-up; though the event didn’t work out, significant strides were made in the process, and lots of support was
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: ENERGY
Next Steps
EIS Energy Working Group
The Group determined that more research was still necessary towards setting an overall energy reduction goal. Some of this remaining research was delegated to the Office for Sustainability’s summer
interns. The Group hopes to set an overall energy reduction goal for
the University which falls in line with the University’s existing carbon
reduction goal in the upcoming year. The Group hopes to conduct a
series of smaller, hands-on learning events with students, faculty &
staff, including plant tours to learn about UVA’s energy production
and building tours to learn about sustainable approaches to historical renovation. The Group will also identify opportunities for lasting
change towards energy conservation through U.Va. policies or other
OFS Student Employee Energy Team
The Team hopes to restructure the Dorm Energy Race
in the future and incorporate more hands-on learning
in the residence halls. The Team submitted a proposal
to present the planning process for the Dark Side of
the Lawn to the AASHE Conference and have been
accepted. One of the goals for the upcoming school
year is to apply for grants to help fund travel expenses in order to represent U.Va. Sustainability.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: OPEN SPACE
EIS Open Space Working Group
The Open Space Working Group, consisting of representatives of both U.Va.
and the U.Va. Foundation, spent the year collaborating to identify potential
projects and initiatives that would be beneficial to both. A partnership was
established with the Stormwater Working Group.
Morven Farm is being used as the research platform for many classes. The
Morven farm-to-table effort, which is developed, planted, and managed by
students, utilizes outdoor space to the benefit of the environment.
Managed turf has been transitioned
to fields of low maintenance native
wild flowers at the Boar’s Head Office
Park as well as the U.Va. Research
Existing amenities and discovery
points have been renovated adjacent to Boar’s Head Resort to engage those using the trail systems.
Native wildflowers are being used in
many Birdwood golf course locations.
The Research Parks, Boars Head Inn,
Birdwood Golf Course and Morven Farm
as well as other locations have received
native plantings with a focus on drought
tolerant and adaptive species.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: OPEN SPACE
Projects Developed and Implemented
Goats were used at Birdwood and
other properties as an environmentally friendly way to clean invasive
brush areas.
The group worked with the Stormwater
Task Force on stream daylighting and
development of park space at Carr’s
Hill Field.
An extensive trail system has
been established to engage the
larger property behind the Birdwood Golf Course.
The deteriorated stepped courtyard
at Gooch-Dillard Housing is awaiting
new furnishings for its renovation.
Restoration of the Foxhaven Farm
Gardens was completed.
Pond and creek banks have been allowed to naturalize at Birdwood, creating additional wildlife habitats. Utilization of ponds as a course for irrigation has been increased.
Sidewalk expansion occurred along
McCormick Road at Thornton Hall plus
a new bike corral.
The Foundation maintains nine
bluebird boxes at Birdwood and
also builds boxes and distributes
them to local bird enthusiasts.
Two bat boxes were built and
installed on the course.
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Impact Report: OPEN SPACE
Lessons Learned
The University and the U.Va. Foundation share many of the same
goals with regard to managing and improving green spaces, and continue to look for opportunities to collaborate. It’s difficult to identify
project areas in a timely manner to get good student participation
and provide the student with a good experience.
Next Steps
The Working Group will continue to meet together to identify projects that will conserve and preserve historic properties, preserve
natural areas, and address the new storm water management requirements. The group will identify specific areas for project development and provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate
students to develop and complete projects or pursue research. Project areas will be distilled by the summer to allow time for student
Parks have been designed for the areas surrounding the Battle Building, which is currently under construction.
A roof retrofit of the U.Va. Hospital will start in the Falll. Plans feature a renovated green roof with a seating area.
The Kerchof-Dawson’s Row area will see improved pedestrian and bike accommodations
along with landscaped areas.
The U.Va. Foundation has completed lake dredging and installation of sediment control devices to
reduce sediment discharge.
The Enslaved Workers cemetery
was renovated with new stone, a
wood fence enclosure, and landscaping.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: MATERIALS
EIS Materials Working Group
A primary concern of the group participants is the lack of co-location
of trash and recycling bins inside buildings. Libraries are of particular
concern, as often there is a trash can located at each desk or table,
while recycling bins are only located near the doors. The working
group decided to conduct an audit of Alderman Library, a location
known for having trash cans at every desk in the stacks, and develop
recommendations to decrease trash cans, improve co-location, and
increase recycling. The group partnered with Green Grounds for the
audit, as Green Grounds is working to improve recycling in the Clark
Hall coffee shop. When finished, the group will present recommendations to UVa Libraries, Housekeeping, and UVa Recycling.
EIS Styrofoam Working Group
The Styrofoam Working Group finalized draft language for the Expanded Polystyrene Policy, which was presented to the EIS for
review at the January meeting. The policy bans the single use of
food service products made of expanded polystyrene (commonly
known as Styrofoam) on the academic side of Grounds. The policy currently does not include the Health System, but the Materials
Working Group will continue to work with the Health System to
eventually apply the policy in those areas. The Policy has been
submitted to the University Policy Committee through their review
EIS Waste, Recycling & Composting:
Graphics and Standards Task Force
Continuing on the success of the installation of three BigBelly’s
last year, the Task Force continued to focus on the possibility
of expanding the BigBelly Program on Grounds. BigBelly units
have a solar compacting trash can collocated with a recycling
bin in a side by side unit. A waste audit conducted in the fall
showed that BigBelly units received less contamination in their
recycling and trash bins than traditional units and reduced the
number of trash pick-ups required. As a result, the Task Force
submitted a GIF Proposal to fund the expansion of the BigBelly
program to add up to 20 additional bins at high volume locations.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: MATERIALS
EIS Zero Waste Athletics Task Force
The Zero Waste Initiative continued to gain momentum this year,
as the UVa Office for Sustainability joined forces with zero waste
to perform a large scale pilot at the U.Va. vs. Notre Dame basketball game. The event was similar in concept to the Zero Waste
Athletics pilot in 2013 but larger in scale. The combined efforts
helped make the event a success, collecting 1,300 lbs of compost,
1,600 lbs of recycling, and 800 lbs of cardboard. In addition, Matt
and Ashley, along with their successors Blake and Ford, continued
to work with John Paul Jones Arena staff to evaluate options for
making back-of-house composting a permanent part of operations
at the Arena.
OFS Student Employee Recycling Team
The Student Recycling Team within The Office for Sustainability (OFS)
concentrates efforts on promoting and implementing initiatives and
events to reduce the amount of waste produced on Grounds. Disposing of waste is an activity in which every student participates every
day. Thus, the work of the OFS Recycling Team has the potential to
engage many students with the idea of sustainability on a daily basis.
The Team works to educate the U.Va. community about ways to divert their waste through several annual events including the Game
Day Challenge, America Recycles Day, Recyclemania, and Chuck It for
Charity. This year, two new events were initiated: a Zero Waste Basketball Game Day Challenge and the Litterati Campaign. Similar to
the Football Game Day Challenge in the Fall, the Zero Waste Basketball Game Day Challenge involved organizing student volunteers to
help attendees divert as much of their waste as possible through recycling and composting. The overall goal of the initiative was to have
a ‘zero waste’ event (90% diversion rate or higher) and gain the support of U.Va. Athletics to make it an annual occurrence. Another new
initiative introduced this year was the Litterati Campaign. Litterati is
a movement that encourages students to find litter, take a photo of
it and upload it to the social media application, Instagram, with the
hashtag “#litterati.” By using geo-mapping, Litterati is able to highlight and call attention to problem areas of litter. To encourage U.Va.
student participation, the Team held a Litterati Contest and provided
prizes to students who posted the most Litterati photos on Instagram in a set time frame.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: MATERIALS
Projects Developed and Implemented
As part of the Office for Sustainability’s
annual celebration for America Recycles
Day, the Student Employee Recycling
Team crafted aerial art out of dorm recycling bins for the second year in a row.
The Game Day Challenge served as a full
scale pilot for Zero Waste Athletics at the
U.Va. Football game versus Georgia Tech.
Student volunteers helped to sort compost and recyclables.
In collaboration with U.Va. Green Dining,
the recycling team conducted a waste audit
of Pavilion XI, leading to the decision to
expand composting services to the location.
The Waste Recycling, & Composting:
Graphics and Standards Task Force installed a BigBelly solar compactor and recycling bin in front of Alderman Library.
BigBelly’s receive less contamination and
require fewer trash pick-ups than traditional units, according to a waste audit con-
For the first time ever, the Office
for Sustainability and Zero Waste
Athletics participated in a Game
Day Challenge during Recyclemania for the Men’s Basketball
game versus Notre Dame. The
initiative was advertised on the
JumboTron during the Notre
Dame game halftime.
The Student Recycling Team
engaged faculty and staff during the Duplex Derby, an interdepartmental paper reduction
Student Employee Recycling
Team increased awareness of
non-intuitively recyclable items
with signage, like these
“Unusual Suspects” posters.
The Litterati campaign
encouraged students
to utilize social media
in their efforts to increase access to trash
and recycling receptacles on Grounds.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: MATERIALS
Lessons Learned
EIS Materials Working Group
When working on any program intended to increase waste diversion,
it is important to provide clear instructions on the behavior you are
trying to achieve. Recycling bins need to be clearly marked, easy to
understand, and co-located with trash cans to increase usage. In
addition, a recycling standard needs to be set at U.Va., as bins are
seen across Grounds of all different shapes, sizes, and colors. The
variety of bins leads to consumer confusion, which results in recyclables being sent to the trash. Composting is a fairly new concept in
terms of adding it as a waste stream alongside general trash and recycling. When efforts are undertaken to increase composting rates,
patrons may require help understanding the sorting process. Volunteers stationed at bins or eye-catching displays with examples of
what items go in each bin will be needed until composting becomes
common practice in the larger community.
OFS Student Employee Recycling Team
While the Recycling Team’s events this year were successful and
effective, there is always room for improvement. For example, with
the Football Game Day Challenge, logistical issues were encountered
with composting bins. This problem can be resolved by ensuring that
all necessary approvals have been obtained, especially for transporting bins around the stadium. During the Basketball Game Day
Challenge, compost was accidentally mixed with trash, skewing the
statistics of waste diversion. This can be avoided in the future by
strengthening communication among all involved parties so that mistakes such as mixing do not occur. Finally, the U.Va. Litterati Campaign was launched this year, and while there have been over 100
submissions, this only skims the potential reach of Litterati. Flyering
alone was not effective in garnering student participation, but with
events that provided incentives like gift cards, students were more
receptive to Litterati.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: MATERIALS
Next Steps
EIS Materials Working Group
The Materials Working Group will continue to work on efforts to improve trash and recycling bin co-location both indoors and outdoors.
If work in Alderman Library is successful, the Group will work to help
other locations increase co-location and will continue to partner with
Green Grounds to increase recycling rates. The ultimate goal is reducing contamination in recycling bins and increasing recycling rates.
Ideally, composting would be added as a third waste stream in the
future to further reduce waste sent to landfills. The Zero Waste Athletics group will continue to work to implement back-of-house composting as a standard operating procedure at John Paul Jones Arena.
Jason Pedone at JPJ has agreed to incorporate back-of-house composting as a standard operating procedure at all JPJ events in the
future. The zero waste group will continue to work with Arena staff
to evaluate current operations and determine required changes necessary to achieve this goal. In addition, the group will continue the
partnership with the Office for Sustainability to implement multiple
full scale pilot events, such as the Game Day Challenge and familiarize the public with zero waste practices. The ultimate goal of the zero waste group is to divert more than 90% of waste produced at
U.Va. athletics and events facilities from the landfill. The Styrofoam
Working Group will continue to provide support to the U.Va. Policy
Committee as they review the policy and answer any associated
questions. The group will also continue to work with the Health System to see the policy eventually applied there. In the future, the
group may look into further prohibitions of expanded polystyrene at
the University, in particular related to packing waste.
Student Employee Recycling Team
The Team will continue to hold its traditional events to a high standard, ever searching for ways to improve their quality and reach. Events such as Zero Waste Basketball and RecycleMania will benefit from increased communication with
U.Va. Athletics and Dining. The Team intends to expand the reach of events by building upon new relationships with
other student organizations, including Student Council’s Sustainability Committee, UPC and Pancakes for Parkinson's.
The Team will also investigate new avenues of outreach that engage a wider variety of students and employees. The
Team aims, in the long term, to normalize the practice of conscious and intentional waste disposal. With increased student engagement in the U.Va. waste stream, the University can expand its composting and recycling programs, leading
to financial and environmental cost savings in the long run.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: NITROGEN
In September, U.Va. became the first university in the nation to set a reactive
nitrogen goal when the Board of Visitors amended the approved Sustainability
Commitment to include a goal to reduce the amount of reactive nitrogen lost to
the environment to levels 25% below year 2009 amounts by the year 2025. This
research, which created the first nitrogen footprint for a university, is a studentled project, first developed as a 2009 undergraduate thesis by Allison Leach.
The ongoing project is led by Allison Leach and Professor Jim Galloway in the
Department of Environmental Sciences.
The integrated nitrogen footprint project aims to develop a replicable model to
help universities calculate and reduce their nitrogen footprint. The research
team has designed this replicable model, has calculated the nitrogen footprint
of U.Va., has helped establish the University’s goal, and is in the process of extending this replicable model to other universities. U.Va.’s progress towards
meeting the nitrogen goal will be tracked by the Office for Sustainability through
collaboration with others across the University to obtain data. Full updates to
the model will occur every four years.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: NITROGEN
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Impact Report: NITROGEN
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
The goal for this year was to make Student Council Sustainability
Committee the true umbrella organization for sustainability-related
groups at U.Va. and to be the advocate and vehicle for change in this
area. The committee successfully started a series of zero waste
events, beginning with Pancakes for Parkinson’s in the fall. Working
with Green Grounds, the committee co-sponsored a series of gatherings of sustainability groups, faculty, and administrators and ended
the year with the first annual sustainability awards banquet. At the
policy-level, the committee passed a bill through Student Council in
support of a Green Revolving Fund (a finance mechanism for green
investments). Many other activities supported our mission to make
sustainability a widespread and pervasive institutional value.
Lessons Learned
Starting the committee fresh was a challenge, but paid off immensely. The name of the committee was changed, and almost all new
committee members came into the first meeting with a strong vision
for the committee and for sustainability at U.Va. Once established,
the committee found several things important for implementing successful projects:
Active communication within the committee, with partner organizations, and with faculty, staff, and administrators
Diverse and persistent advertising
Pursuit of diverse co-sponsorships to engage a variety of people
Committee member engagement and ownership of projects
Next Steps
This year, the committee wants to expand on the great work accomplished last year, and extend sustainability’s reach
to more people around Grounds and around the state. The main initiatives will be to (1) further zero waste events,
and require that all Student Council co-sponsored events be zero waste; (2) reach out to sustainability CIOs to develop a more unified sustainability movement; (3) network with sustainability groups at other universities and state-wide
organizations; (4) generally promote events that educate people about the environment and sustainability, and (5)
use the influential position as a Student Council Committee to advocate for positive changes at U.Va.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014
Projects Developed and Implemented
The Student Council Sustainability
Committee helped to fund a trip of
25 students (including members of
the committee) to the national
Powershift conference, a meeting
of thousands of student environmental activists.
Members of the committee
decorated a banner for Earth
Week 2014 and celebrated winning two Student Council end-of
-year awards: Best Committee
on Student Council, and Unsung
Hero of Student Council.
Students from Janet Herman’s
Fundamentals of Geology Class
attended the First Annual SustainaBanquet on April 19th,
2014. The event honored the
work of the sustainability community at U.Va.
The Student Council Sustainability
Committee helped to fund the first
Virginia Powershift conference, a
meeting of hundreds of Virginia
student environmental activists.
Dyanna Jaye (right), writes on the
“Tree of Power”, which describes
how power is structured in our
The committee worked with
U.Va. Sustainability for the annual Game Day Challenge. Between this event and Pancakes
for Parkinson’s, U.Va. diverted
almost 3500 lbs of waste.
Earth Week 2014, organized and funded by the
Student Council Sustainability Committee and
the Earth Week Committee, raised awareness
about sustainability and
the environment.
Lia Cattaneo, incoming
co-chair of the Student
Council Sustainability
Committee, traveled
with Jalen Ross and
Abraham Axler to
U.Va.’s College at Wise
to talk about sustainability and create a partnership between the two
schools’ student councils.
Members of the committee and the Photography Club teamed up to
Instagram pictures of
litter in order to raise
awareness of littering
problems at U.Va., and
to inform U.Va. Facilities
about where new trash
cans might be located.
Members of the U.Va.
Community Garden Executive Board pose in
front of the Rotunda.
The Student Council Sustainability Committee
funds the garden, and
members of the Committee often attend garden workdays.
U.Va. Environmental Stewardship Year in Review 2013-2014