The VCU Office of Sustainability is excited to announce the publication of it's first ever Sustainability Plan! This Plan is intended to serve as a road map to achieving sustainability goals at VCU over the next three to five years. Each Sustainability Committee Sub-Committee (Operations, Community Engagement, Planning and Administration, and Academics) drafted goals, action items, and timelines specific to their focus that were incorporated into this Plan. As a living document, the Sustainability Plan is flexible and is designed to be adaptable to changes in the Univiersity's climate.
In April 2008, then-VCU President Eugene P. Trani signed the American Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), joining more than 650 college and university presidents in addressing global warming by committing to initiatives that neutralize greenhouse gases emitted on their campuses as a precursor to developing an institutional climate action plan for becoming carbon-neutral and having no net GHG emissions, a goal VCU is striving to reach by 2050. Visit ACUPCC for more information.
In response to signing onto the ACUPCC, VCU drafted its first Climate Action Plan in 2010. The ACUPCC recommends that a Climate Action Plan should typically institute such polices and standards as:
For more information, see VCU's full Climate Action Plan.
In response to signing onto the ACUPCC, VCU has completed comprehensive GHG inventories every year since 2008. Please note: the 2008 GHG inventory serves as the baseline to reducing GHG emissions. You can view our GHG inventories below:
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating SYSTEM (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is designed to:
VCU completed our first STARS submission in July 2012.
VCU completed our second STARS submission in July 2015, using version 2.0.