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Sustainable Student Groups

Animal Justice Advocates
Brown College Sustainability

Contact: Victoria Glasgow –, Marlene McGraw –

Campus Kitchen

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Contact: Sonia Gupta –, Paige Irvine –

The Campus Kitchens Project is a local chapter of a national non-profit that is committed to student-powered hunger relief. By taking prepared, unused food from dining halls and other sources, we are able to make meals for local community organizations such as the Salvation Army and On Our Own. To learn more about the national organization, please feel free to go to their website: To learn more about the Campus Kitchen at UVA, feel free to go to our Facebook page: or email our co-coordinators.


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Contact: Alexander Droesch –

Climate Action Society

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Contact: Caroline Bray – and Brian Cameron –

Climate Action Society exists to educate and encourage a student body that is convicted to solve the global climate crisis and to assist in propelling our university forward to become a leading institution in the field of sustainability. It serves as the connection between the global climate justice movement and the UVA student body. One of CAS’s main projects is sustainable investment at UVA. CAS works closely with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition, which connects student campaigns across the state and provides a platform for students to advocate for progressive, environmental change across the state;; and Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Crafting for Conservation

Contact: Stephanie Hwang –, Mariana Fraser –, Bekah Flick –

Members of Crafting for Conservation create aesthetically pleasing art and crafts out of recyclable materials during weekly meetings, thus supporting the recycling cause and promoting friendship and creativity. These crafts may be sold at art shows, in which the proceeds collected will go towards a green cause or group and/or towards C.F.C’s finances. Through its products, mission, and activities, Crafting for Conservation serves to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of recycling and living green, and strives to inspire others to act in more eco-friendly ways


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Contact: Megan Anthony- 

The Daring Explorers of Creative & Alternative Foods meet twice a month in the French House to cook and learn about different recipes. We specialize in recipes that include dietary restrictions but everyone is welcome to join–not just those with restrictions! In the past, we have made vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free, kosher, and other dishes, and we are always accepting suggestions! We also occasionally go out as a group to the farmers’ market, to pick apples at Carter’s Mountain, or to enjoy a nice meal at a local restaurant. See our past projects at!


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The ecoMOD / ecoREMOD Project is an initiative to design and build sustainable / highly energy-efficient housing for affordable housing units. Since 2004, over 400 architecture and engineering (and many other disciplines) have participated in some phase of the project. Rather than a club, ecoMOD / ecoREMOD is run through seminar and design studios in the School of Architecture and School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students from all disciplines are welcome. See


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Contact: Augustus Huang –, Bhavana Channavajjala –

The Enactus team at UVA works to empower communities through the power of entrepreneurship. Enactus members work on multiple project teams throughout the year including multiple programs teaching business and leadership allowing opportunity for success and benefits in the community – one specific example being Earth Hour, empowering the university community to conserve their energy use. The mission of Enactus is to inspire action and the method of achieving this mission is through social entrepreneurship. For more information on Enactus and other Enactus team projects, visit

Engineers Going Global

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Contact: Drew Boland –, Eldon Luk –


Engineering Students Without Borders

Contact: Angela Liu –

Engineering Students Without Borders (ESWB) is a student run organization at the University of Virginia that’s focused on applying sustainable engineering methods to carry out local and international community development projects. Our mission is to inspire students to be proactive and contextually aware engineers who empower communities to attain their basic human needs in a sustainable manner. ESWB.ORG

Environmental Sciences Organization

Contact: Valentina Zabrovskaya –, Sarah Windolowski –, Elaine Lu –

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. Website:

Feel Good

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Contact: Sarah Overton –

Food Collaborative

Emily Snydor –

The University of Virginia Food Collaborative works to promote research, Photo of the Food Collaborative Group teaching, and community engagement around issues of food, agriculture and sustainability. Established in January 2010, the Collaborative includes faculty, staff, students, and community members. Current faculty and student research focuses on farmers markets, schoolyard gardens, food deserts, local food heritage, and other topics. The Food Collaborative sponsors talks, panels, and film screenings, and provides a focal point for University and community efforts to study and improve regional and local food systems.

Global Brigades – Architecture

Jake Spector-

Our chapter provides students a unique opportunity to see the entire design and construction process from beginning to end. Every spring, there is a design competition among universities nationwide for the next project that will be built in Honduras, Panama, or Ghana. On top of the design process, students interested in helping build the project fundraise all year in order to travel to Honduras over winter break to work with local people to build the current project. The trip includes five days of construction, one day of visiting other Global Brigades projects and educating children at an orphanage on the basics of architecture.

Global Brigades – Water

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Contact: Carla Weidner –

Global Water Brigades is a student-driven organization that seeks to address the issue of clean water access and conservation both here at U.Va and across the globe. Every year, our group organizes service trips to Honduras and Ghana, where students work alongside local communities, bringing clean water to some of the most remote and impoverished areas. At U.Va, we organize a series of events and initiatives that seek to educate the student body on the water crisis and its solutions.

Green Dining

Contact: Brooke Kinsey –

Student lead group that identifies and advocates operational change as it relates food systems, waste management and resource conservation. Group meets on a bi-weekly basis to discuss and strategize best practices.

Green Grounds

Contact: Sam Hunt –

The Green Grounds Group 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 has evolved to sponsor projects that encompass a range of sustainable design ideas – from green roofs to energy use to transportation. Through each project, Green Grounds works with a diverse set of university stakeholders including administrators, staff, faculty, students and community members.

Green Initiatives Funding Tomorrow (GIFT)
Greens to Grounds

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Contact: Francesca Rinaldo –, Ellis Champion –

Greens to Grounds is a student run non-profit that delivers locally grown produce, meat and specialty items to students on grounds. We operate as a community supported agriculture (CSA) initiative and work with local farmers and producers to get the best quality sustainably grown food possible for our customers. Beyond supporting local Charlottesville farmers and providing students with exceptional food, our mission is to help educate students about the virtues of buying and eating locally. Our customers are at a critical point in the development of their shopping habits, likely experiencing food autonomy for the first time in their lives, and we want to encourage them to be conscious food consumers. We want to be part of a paradigm shit away from unsustainable subsidized, destructive mega-agriculture and towards sustainable, wholesome, environmentally-friendly local food production. If you are interested in hearing more about our mission, reading our local food blog, finding interesting recipes, seeing what’s in our weekly boxes and/or joining the movement and buying a box, please visit our website at Lettuce make change together. Peas and love.

Hereford Garden (TJ Learning Garden)

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Hoos Cleaning Up

Contact: Eleanor Patrinely –

IFC Sustainability

Sam Brinkley –

The University of Virginia Inter-Fraternity Council Sustainability Committee is committed to developing and administering programs aimed at decreasing the environmental impact of the Greek Community for the benefit of the Charlottesville community as a whole. Every weekend we work to maintain the clean, and respectable condition of Rugby road and the surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, we continue to work work toward implementing incentivized programs designed to fully engage the Greek Community in recycling initiatives. Our goal is to encourage and assist environmentally sustainable efforts that may help to promote environmentalism within the University and Charlottesville communities for years to come.

IRC Sustainability

Contact: Perrin Falkner –, Khrissa Chun –

Madison House Community Garden

Contact: Beth Kanarek –, Marissa Shand –

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. For more information and to register, visit:

Madison House Parks & Trails

Contact: Leo Yang –, Elizabeth Chung –

Marine Science Society

Contact: Craig Wendelken –

Morven Kitchen Garden

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Contact: Stephanie Meyers –

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.

Net Impact (Undergraduate)

Contact: Virginia Harris –, Hannah Piester –

Net Impact 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. Net Impact focuses on creating a positive change on grounds by raising awareness of sustainability careers, offering educational lectures on the importance of social impact in business settings and giving individuals the opportunity to build relationships with local social impact business leaders. 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.

Outdoors Club


Contact: James Old –

Through both service projects and recreational adventures, Outdoors at UVa promotes an active and caring respect for the natural wilderness around which our community is built. Previous service projects include assisting the Appalachian Trail Foundation in parts of Shennandoah National Park, the annual canoe/cleanup of the Rivanna Watershed with the Rivanna Conservation Society, Stream stabilization project in Azalea Park, trail maintenance at Walnut Creek county park, and trail building with the Nature Conservancy.
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Oxfam America at UVa

Contact: Meghan Wingert –

Oxfam America at UVa is a new CIO on grounds that was formed last fall. As a CIO, we work closely with Oxfam America, which is non-profit organization that works with local communities to find solutions to hunger, poverty, and social injustice. Oxfam America sends our group updates on their current campaigns and initiatives and we spread the word on campus, educating the student body about Oxfam’s global campaigns. We do this primarily through tabling/flyering, petition signing, and by hosting events. Our main focus is really to educate students about what Oxfam America is working on in the hopes that we inspire students who have similar passions to join us in our fight against global injustices.

Parking and Transportation

Contact: Sarah Littlefield –

Project Peanut Butter

Contact: Kathryn Bernard –

Ride Forward

Gregory Shallcross 

SARC- EcoReps

Contact: Peter Sikorsky –, Ka Weng Loi –

The EcoReps are the official sustainability group within the School of Architecture at UVA. Grads and undergrads, staff, and faculty within the School of Architecture are welcome to join. We focus on making the A-school a more sustainable environment, working on issues regarding energy, waste/recycling, paper/printing, general awareness, and more.


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Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) aims to help start-up NGOs worldwide by offering free consulting services in the areas of microfinance, operational efficiency, and marketing strategy. By incorporating best practices, it aims to foster economic development in local communities. SEED also strives to encourage social entrepreneurship within the University of Virginia community by hosting educational conferences and workshops and serving as a resource for networking between students and active practitioners.

Slow Food

Becca Hinch –

Slow Food at UVA is a loose organization that promotes good, clean, and fair food at the University and within greater Charlottesville. We host food-related events ranging from cooking classes to flash seminars with local businesses to workshops in food photography or brewing kombucha. We publicize our events mainly through our email list but anyone is welcome to attend. Check out our website and sign up for emails here:

Solar Car

Contact: Arslan Aziz –

Student Council Sustainability Committee

Contact: Abby Heher –

The Sustainability Committee is a committee of the University of Virginia’s Student Council. The  Committee strives to protect and improve the rights, opportunities, and quality of life for the University community through sustainability. We coordinate within and between the student body, sustainably-minded CIOs, the Office of Sustainability, and student government at UVA. We will be accepting new members at the beginning of the Spring semester.

Sustainability Advocates

Contact: Lela Garner –, Camille Freeman –

The Sustainability Advocacy program helps students on Grounds learn about sustainability efforts at UVa. The 50 student volunteers promote programs, educate peers and help grow UVa’s green efforts. We have Sustainability Advocates (SAs) for all first-year dorms, upper-class dorms, residential colleges, dining halls and libraries. SAs meet with us every other week, and educate their residents on sustainability issues throughout the school year.

Sustainability Employees/Office of Sustainability

Contact: Lela Garner –

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

UBike Ambassadors

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Contact: Sarah Littlefield –