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UR's first Sustainability Plan is here

For the first time, the University has a plan to guide sustainability efforts throughout campus.Learn More

Explore Fall 2019 Sustainability Courses

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Free Shopping at UROSE

Drop off office supplies or do some free shopping every Wednesday in Puryear 114. Check Spiderbytes for open hours.Learn more
bees housed in two on-campus hivesRead More
solar array installed in 2016Read More
target year for University carbon neutralityRead More
LEED-certified buildings
of preconsumer food waste composted by Heilman Dining Center each year
waste diversion rate by 2025
goats on campus for invasive plant removal in spring 2019
pounds of electronics recycled at the last E-Waste Collection
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These stripes show the annual average temperature in Virginia from 1895 to 2018.
Jennifer Sevin's students recently worked with Biology Labs Manager Kirstin Berben to make mason bee houses that will be placed around campus.
According to @thehoneybeeconservancy, mason bees are solitary, gentle pollinators that love a variety of flowers.
This summer, Robert Ostrom ('20) is working under Kristine Grayson to collect and identify ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies around the city and @urichmond's campus in order to  better understand the diversity of pollinators living in urbanized and less urbanized areas.
So far this summer, the UROSE Office Supply Exchange has saved faculty and staff $1,800 by offering free, donated office supplies for reuse!
It's #NationalPollinatorWeek!
June 17-23 is #nationalpollinatorweek!
Jennifer Sevin's students recently added some new plants to the pollinator garden near the campus beehives.
We have a long history of sustainability here at @urichmond!
Features like low-flow shower heads, pint-flush toilets, sink aerators, and Energy Star ice machines and washers help us save water in buildings all over campus.
Did you know that we have a campus sustainability map?
@urichmond is collaborating with @sciencemuseumofvirginia, @vcu, and @vaunion1865 to monitor trends in air quality around the city.
Andre Eanes and Kelly Saverino are working to place and monitor some of the project's air quality sensors this summer.
Using data from the sensors, Rong Bao will help assess how the spatial patterns of air quality might be connected to historical public policy decisions and current inequity in health outcomes.
Emily Boone's BIOL 111 students recently finished up two weeks on the Eastern Shore learning about coastal ecology.
Part of the class involved volunteering with @nature_org to support the largest, most successful seagrass restoration project in the world.
Students collected seagrass shoots so they could be taken to holding tanks, where their seeds will mature before being planted in coastal bays in the fall.
@urichmond is part of a nationwide project to better understand the effects of urbanization on turtles.
Since 2012, biology students taught by Peter Smallwood, Kristine Grayson, and Jennifer Sevin have waded into Westhampton Lake to track the population of different turtle species living there.
This year, students captured snapping turtles, musk turtles, painted turtles, and red-eared sliders.