University of Virginia Launches Sustainability Alumni Network

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 11, 2018

Better Buildings Challenge partner The University of Virginia (UVA) recently announced the formation of the UVA Sustainability Alumni Network. The network is designed to actively connect alumni to the school’s interdisciplinary sustainability networks and further enhance UVA’s leadership in sustainability. This innovative, collaborative effort connects across UVA's Office for Sustainability, Alumni Association, Committee on Sustainability, Career Center, School of Architecture, and School of Engineering, just to name a few. Through its Sustainability Alumni Network, the university will also look for ways to enhance its BBC partnership. The Alumni Network is focused on:

  • Sustainability Career Development (Alumni Mentorships and Industry Connections)
  • Alumni Sustainability Participation and Service
  • Alumni Networking, Communication and Outreach

Current alumni are able to:

  • Join the Sustainability Alumni Network
  • Connect on LinkedIn
  • Join the Virginia Alumni Mentoring program
  • Become a sustainability alum leader for a geographic region
  • Post a job or internship for a current student

“The pan-University collaboration in developing and launching the Sustainability Alumni Network represents an exciting opportunity to expand and accelerate UVA’s sustainability leadership across disciplines, through connections back to Grounds for alumni, outward from Grounds for students, and for regional and national connections between alumni,” said Andrea Ruedy Trimble, UVA Sustainability Director.

The university also hosts sustainability alumni events. A UVA Bicentennial Sustainability Leadership Summit will be held at on campus October 28 – October 30. Learn more about the Leadership Summit here, and more about the Sustainability Alumni Network here.

As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, UVA has committed more than 15 million square feet towards its energy reduction goal of 20 percent by 2020. Currently, UVA has reached 12 percent energy savings toward that baseline goal. To read more about UVA’s energy reduction work through the Better Buildings Challenge, visit the Better Buildings Solution Center. The Solution Center features the university’s implementation model, Delta Force—which helps identify projects that can deliver the most energy savings at the lowest cost—as well as UVA’s showcase project on Campbell Hall – which details the chiller plant optimization process to achieve 35 percent savings.