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University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates (URSA)

University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates (URSA) is a peer education program dedicated to promoting sustainability on campus through engagement with fellow students, primarily in residence halls. Sustainability Advocates (SA’s) educate themselves and their peers about sustainable practices. URSA's goal is to facilitate and institutionalize stewardship on campus as a result of this increased understanding.

This semester, meetings are being held every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00 in the Commons.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Paige Dunlap

What we do

  • Coordinate the Green Room Certification Program: SA’s are responsible for promoting the program and encouraging students to have their rooms certified.
  • Institute donation stations: SA's will manage and promote donation bins in their respective residence halls
  • Hold Weekly Meetings: S'As meet each week to learn about sustainability and the environment (on campus and beyond), plan upcoming programing, create, listen to each other, and share ideas.
  • Communicate: SA's reach out to the larger campus community in a variety of ways. From SpiderBytes and DFlyers to tabling and speaking directly with residents, spreading the word is a vital part of URSA.
  • Promote Recycling: This year, SA's will focus on increasing recycling education and signage through their own actions.


  • Model sustainable habits, especially recycling
  • Attend weekly meetings
  • Complete Green Room Certification
  • Work with the Residence Life Staff in your residence hall to create sustainability programing
  • Help plan all URSA-sponsored events
  • Attend at least two other sustainability events on campus


  • Leadership and peer education skills
  • Increased knowledge of sustainability topics
  • The experience of working with other passionate students

A list of selected SAs will be available by the end of September.

Common Questions

Can freshman apply?  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 SAs 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 am going abroad?  Students must plan to be on campus for the entire school year. During the fall semester SAs will spend time planning for the spring sustainability competitions.

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