The Green Office Program provides faculty, staff, and students with the tools needed to go green in their office spaces by distributing a checklist of sustainable practices to implement that focus on energy, alternative transportation, event and meeting planning, purchasing, recycling, waste reduction, and more.
From shopping local for supplies to incorporating composting and alternative transportation into homegate plans, Office of Sustainability student interns share easy tips for reducing your homegate's environmental impact.
Water refill stations in academic, dining, and residence facilities; nearly 100 bike racks across the university; and the Math Emporium’s sustainable makeover are just a few of the sustainability projects in action today thanks to student engagement.
Home to more than 1,200 laboratories, Virginia Tech strives to solve the world’s most complex problems by connecting brilliant minds with powerful technology. But at the end of the day, every researcher is facing the same challenge: copious amounts of laboratory waste.
Students have been key contributors in the ongoing Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment revision process and have had the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in sustainability and invaluable professional development opportunities.
Due to programmatic changes at the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA), shredded paper and hardbound and softbound books will no longer be accepted for recycling at Virginia Tech as of July 1, 2020.
Going into its 11th year, the award-winning Office of Sustainability Internship Program provides students with invaluable opportunities to gain real-world insights and professional skills in sustainability and university operations.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge was even more difficult his year because students completed their projects and competed remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to return home.
Led by the university arborist, long-term efforts were underway to preserve the historical site where the Merry Oak is located and to celebrate the tree, which had suffered substantial structural problems due to old age.
This network of nearly 125 students, faculty, and staff from across operations, academics and research, and community representatives continues to be highly engaged in moving the revision process forward – in a fully virtual environment.
Among the ways the Virginia Tech Facilities Department is striving to preserve this physical sense of place for generations to come is through the fastidious quality and design standards it sets for all construction projects on the Blacksburg campus.
Patrick Miele, graduating senior and Green Tailgate coordinator, is proud to play a strong role in helping to reduce the university’s environmental footprint through inspiring his fellow students to be more active in sustainability.