Among other projects focusing on the long-term health of the campus and the environment, the Office of Sustainability works to reduce emissions in all areas of campus life, from educational programs and facilities to dining and residential life, as part of its plan to become climate-neutral by 2050.
VCU is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The university signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment in April 2008, along with more than 600 universities. In addition, VCU raised its grade on the College Sustainability Report Card, issued by the Sustainability Endowments Institute, from a C- in 2008 to an A- in 2011.
VCU’s sustainability efforts encompass both the Monroe Park Campus and the MCV Campus, as well as the university’s satellite facilities, such as the School of Social Work in Northern Virginia, the SportsBackers stadium in Richmond, Va., the VCU Rice Center on the James River in Charles City County and VCUQatar, the School of the Arts campus in Doha, Qatar. A staff of certified professionals oversees the university’s sustainability programs and the VCU Sustainability Committee, made up of members representing all areas of VCU, further supports campus initiatives.