The University has significant environmental impact. As a major regional university, VSU has a responsibility to contribute to shaping the Commonwealth’s sustainability agenda and to promote the development of sustainability leadership on its campus.
The University has an additional responsibility to prepare its students to do their part to protect the planet's human and natural systems.
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
- Resource Conservation
- Reduction of the University’s carbon footprint (green vehicles)
- Apply an integrated landscaping approach that helps to restore the quality and capacity of the regional watershed.
- Minimize the use of potable water for irrigation and increase the water retained for use on campus.
- By 2020, decrease personal water use by 25 percent below 2007 levels per student.
- Reduce infrastructure water use to the maximum extent possible.
- Reduce infrastructure electrical use by the maximum extent possible.
- Increase the recycling percentage from the 2010 rate of 5 percent of all household recyclable materials to 50 percent by 2014 (does not include construction and demolition debris).
- Recycle at least 95 percent of all eligible (non-hazardous) materials from demolition and construction waste.
- Convert to 100 percent Green Seal Certified or equivalent cleaning products by 2013, for all facilities.
- Complete the transition to 100 percent recycled disposable paper products in restrooms by 2012.
- Reduce the total use of disposable paper products.
- Maximize the number of purchasing contracts for "green" goods and services.
- EPA Summary of the Clean Water Act:http://www.epa.gov/lawsregs/laws/cwa.html
- EPA Overview of Impaired Waters and Total Maximum Daily Loads Program: http://www.epa.gov/owow/TMDL/intro.html
- EPA Stormwater Program Overview:http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=6
- EPA National Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices:http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/menuofbmps/index.cfm
- EPA Stormwater Outreach Materials and Reference Documents:http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwatermonth.cfm