The Sustainability Committee seeks to build a community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni passionately concerned about sustainability and the world we inhabit, as well as to protect and improve the rights, opportunities, and quality of life for the community through environmental sustainability.


  • Zero-Waste Initiatives
    • Pancakes for Parkinson’s
    • Zero-Waste Third Year Ring Ceremony
    • UPC Presents: SpringFest
    • Chi Psi Waffle Lodge
    • Project Peanut Butter 5k
    • GDO Garden Party
    • StudCo Welcome Back Dinner
    • Speak Up UVA Launch
    • Brody Jewish Center
    • Produce Party
    • Global Studies: Environments + Sustainability Graduation Reception
  • Earth Week 2016
    • SustainaBagels
    • SustainaBanquet
    • Succulent Giveaway
  • Fall 2015 Green Initiatives Funding Tomorrow (GIFT) Grant Projects
    • Bike Workshop
    • Community Garden
    • Bike Stair
    • Solar Table
    • Greek Composting
    • Bike Fix-It Station
    • Waste Vegetable Oil Furnace
    • Kombucha Power
    • Greens to Grounds
    • Empower the REuser
    • Zero Waste Athletics
    • Community Garden Compost Bench
    • IRC Garden
  • Monthly Sustainability Forum
  • Publishing of FOA for fraternities and sororities (Katie Carter and Kat)
  • Support of the UVA Community Garden
  • Support of Cupanion reusable mug program
  • Updated Sustainability Staff/Faculty Contact List
  • Updated Sustainability CIOs List
  • Support of Cans to Cans
    • Involved 20 fraternity houses

Meet the Co-Chairs

Lizzie Main

Lizzie is a third year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Environmental Sciences and Global Studies: Environments + Sustainability. In her time on the Sustainability committee, she has made it a personal mission to make as many events as possible on grounds “zero waste,” meaning that at least 90% of materials from the event are diverted to compost or recycling. She hopes to develop this initiative even further for the coming school year along with her fellow committee members. In the upcoming school year, she is also hoping to work with other CIOs, Student Council committees, and Charlottesville area groups where collaboration is applicable in order to broaden sustainability’s reach across various disciplines and create a more cohesive sustainability community. Outside of Student Council, Lizzie is involved with the University Democrats and Madison House. She also works as an Off-Grounds Sustainability Advocate for Woodard Properties and is active in academic research in the field of atmospheric chemistry.

Robert McCarthy

Robert is a second year majoring in Religious Studies and Public Policy. While always interested in sustainability, his passion grew after reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which led him to think more critically about the industrialized food system. Some of his favorite aspects of sustainability include local food, access to drinkable tap water and renewable energy. He looks forward to working with sustainability more in this coming school year. In addition to serving on Student Council, Robert is a pledge brother of APO and a volunteer at the Haven, the homeless shelter in Charlottesville.