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University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates

URSA is a peer education program dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible behavior on campus. Sustainability Advocates (SA’s) educate themselves and their peers about sustainability issues and facilitate good stewardship on campus as a result of increased understanding. Through URSA, students gain leadership and peer education skills, increase their knowledge of sustainability, and get to know other students passionate about sustainability.

Attend the First URSA Meeting

Join us to learn about URSA and what it means to be a Sustainability Advocate on Campus. 

September 6


Glass Room - Heilman Dining Center

What We Do

SA’s encourage students to enroll in the Green Room Program, encourage recycling and energy conservation in the residence halls, and manage the new Donation Station program. Weekly meetings enable SA’s to learn about sustainability and the environment, share ideas, and plan upcoming programs.

Expectations & Qualifications

In addition to attending weekly meetings, SA’s are also expected to complete the Green Room Certification and serve as a sustainability resource in the residence halls. Some of the most important qualities in an SA are strong communication skills, interest in sustainability, the ability to work independently and in groups, good time management, and an interest in learning more about sustainability.

Read over some frequently asked questions below.

How to Join

Email the URSA Coordinator Paige Dunlap at

Can Freshmen Join?
Absolutely. Freshman are encouraged to apply because selected students will be assigned to their current residence hall and we rely on freshman residents to reach out to other freshman.
Do SA's get paid?
SA positions are unpaid leadership positions that play an important role in advancing sustainability initiatives at the University. Students will have access to resources through the Office for Sustainability to assist with programming.
Can I be an SA if I'm going abroad?
Yes, definitely. During the fall semester SAs will spend time planning for the spring sustainability competitions.
Who can I contact with questions?
Email the URSA Coordinator Paige Dunlap at

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