Developing the

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A comprehensive roadmap for achieving meaningful and impactful environmental sustainability goals at VCU and VCU Health

Sustainability improves the quality of our lives and preserves resources for the future. However, living sustainably is a complex challenge that requires bold and actionable steps. 

As a nationally prominent institution known for shaping and impacting human health, VCU plays a vital role in developing solutions that affect environmental health and solve the challenges facing society. 

To this end, the development of our first ONE VCU Sustainability Plan will identify the path forward for VCU and VCU Health to sustainably deliver on our mission as well as support the well-being of future generations. 

The plan will develop in phases and explore existing conditions and opportunities to improve sustainability through university and health system operations, administration, academics and research. 

This website will continue to be updated throughout the process to capture information about the process, our progress and opportunities for engagement. 

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We want to hear from you!

Complete the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan survey to share how you think the university and health system should prioritize sustainable action in operations, administration, research and academics. 

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Guiding principles

The guiding principles below, developed by the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan team, serve as a framework guiding the process for developing the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan. As the plan progresses, these guiding principles are subject to change. 

  • Bold, collaborative, measurable and creative solutions. Demonstrate thought leadership in establishing goals across a wide spectrum of opportunities to improve sustainability at both the university and health system. 
  • Influence change. Leverage our role as educators and health professionals to raise awareness and foster a culture that inspires changes in everyday behavior and improves operations, teaching, healing and research. 
  • Meaningful and achievable goals. Prioritize goals and commitments based on impact and feasibility.
  • Local and global impact. Consider how the plan will impact student success, patient care, the community and the world. 

If you have feedback about these guiding principles, other aspects of the project, or sustainability as a whole at VCU, we'd love to hear from you.

Current sustainability achievements and initiatives

STARS Gold Rating

In 2021, VCU received a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS measures sustainability achievements in academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership. 

STARS Gold seal

22 LEED certified buildings

VCU and VCU Health have 22 LEED certified buildings, an independent verification of a building’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy and cost-effective buildings.

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Alternative Transportation Program

The alternative transportation program is designed to reduce single-occupancy vehicles use on campus, decrease the demand for parking, and increase savings for students, employees and the environment. Highlights include RamBikes; unlimited local transportation access via GRTC; and more.

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