Environmental Sustainability Committee
Nicole is a Second Year in the College of Arts and Science. Her goal this year is to be accepted into the Comm School to pursue Marketing. She hails from Sunny South Florida, and understands that 75% of the time people will tell her their grandparents live in Naples/West Palm Beach/random S.FL city when she shares this information. Along with being Environmental Sustainability Co-chair, Nicole is Social Chair on Second Year Council and LOVES planning events. She also enjoys being a part of Women’s Business Forum, running, health foods, and traveling. She went “Pi Beta Phi, and honey that ain’t no lie”. Nicole believes ES will be most effective by focusing on both long-term and short-term projects. As Environmental Sustainability Co-Chair she hopes to use her position to empower student’s ideas, change daily life activities to be more sustainable, and help Environmental Sustainability be fun and easy for all!
Ashlyn is a third year majoring in both Urban and Environmental Planning and Government. Having been a part of Student Council as a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee first year, she is looking forward to expanding her presence in Student Council as a chair this year. From increasing awareness of the sustainable aspects of the University to planning new initiatives, she anticipates a fantastic year both for Student Council and the Environmental Sustainability Committee. Apart from Student Council, Ashlyn serves as the philanthropy chair for the Chi Omega sorority and attends the Reformed University Fellowship. She enjoys running, baking, and Pinterest-ing.
The Environmental Sustainability Committee is responsible for advising the Council regarding environmental issues affecting the University, as well as the sustainability of the University’s environmental practices.
- Interested in studying sustainability? Check out the new interdisciplinary Global Sustainability Minor, offered through the School of Architecture!
- There are so many ways to get involved with sustainability at U.Va.! Check out sustainaunity.wordpress.com for details!
- Spotlight on…Ride Forward at U.Va.! Ride Forward is a research and design group focusing on sustainable transportation. Current projects include the conversion of conventional vehicles to electric drive (EVs), the construction of advanced solar powered EVs and charging stations, and the design of vegetable oil-powered cars. Check out the group’s website (linked above) to learn how you can get involved!
Recent News & Updates:
- Exciting News from Environmental Sustainability!
- Hoos Environment is it Anyways?
- Summing It Up Sustainably
- GIFT Grants Info Session
Past and Ongoing Committee initiatives include:
- Green Initiative Funding Tomorrow (GIFT) – supporting the creation of a green fee at U.Va. to grant funds to students, faculty, and staff who want to pursue sustainability-related projects
- Film and Speaker Series
- Sustainability Business Consultants – working to make local businesses more efficient and sustainable
- Farmers’ Market with UPC
- Track-Your-Trash Challenge Week
- University of Virginia Community Garden: introduced this past term, the Environmental Sustainability committee has been working to advocate for and accomplish the establishment of a community garden on Grounds. You can also check out the garden blog for information about workdays and events throughout the Spring 2011 semester.
- Trayless Dining: a project that removed trays from the University dining halls to limit the amount of water wasted in tray cleaning.
- Off-Grounds Recycling: an initiative geared to provide recycling options for students living off-Grounds.
- Earth Week: enjoy last year’s promotional video: