Virginia Tech is a leader in campus sustainability. In 2009, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger signed the first ever Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan. These documents guide the direction of the university by setting goals for the next 50 years to reduce Virginia Tech’s environmental footprint.

The Office of Energy and Sustainability is responsible for monitoring energy usage and GHG emissions, overseeing the implementation of the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution and the accompanying Sustainability Plan, coordinating programs for campus sustainability, and managing a campus-wide student internship program. 

Virginia Tech is ranked by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and their Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) yearly. In 2014, Virginia Tech scored a Gold ranking for its efforts to promote campus sustainability. Take a look at our AASHE STARS profile for more detail information. 

Sustainability Achievements

Dining Services wins Silver Sustainability award for Outreach & Education from NACUFS

Dining Services Awarded 2014's Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.

Annual Welcome Picnic to be Zero Waste.

Chef Premiere is a tribute to Virginia's Harvest.

Princeton Review ranks Virginia Tech as one of the greenest colleges in the country.

Virginia Tech receives an AASHE STARS Silver ranking.

Turner Place at Lavery Hall received LEED Gold Certification.