AASHE STARS Silver Rating

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has created a university-focused sustainability tracking system.  This system is entitled Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).  VCU was awarded a Silver-level STARS rating in 2012 and again in 2015.

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Sierra Club Cool Schools

The Sierra Club issues an annual survey to all four-year, degree-granting undergraduate colleges and universities in the U.S., entitled the Campus Sustainability Data Collector.  VCU has participated 20122013 and 2014

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The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges profiles 347 institutions of higher education in the United States and 6 outside the U.S. that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparations.  The guide is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges.  VCU has been ranked in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

GreenMetric World University Ranking

The University of Indonesia GreenMetric World University Ranking is an international ranking system for all higher education institutions that abide by sustainability principles.  See VCU's results for 20112012 and 2013.

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Bicycle Friendly University

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Virginia Commonwealth University as a Bicycle Friendly University at the Silver level, making VCU among the top 40 schools for cycling in the country, and the highest in Virginia!  See our results.

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Virginia Sustainable Business Network Awards

The Virginia Sustainable Building Network has long been recognizing sustainable building accomplishments throughout the state of Virginia.

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Greater Virginia Green Building Council Awards

 The Greater Virginia Green Building Council has awarded the following awards to VCU:

  • In 2013, VCU was awarded the Green Building Leadership Award as a Public Sector Leader
  • In 2011, the VCU Cary Street Gym was awarded LEED Gold
  • In 2012, the VCU Rice Center Education Building was awarded LEED Platinum- the first in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
  • In 2013, VCU was awarded an honorable mention within the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards for our Sustainability Program


  • In 2011, VCU was awarded a Silver Award within the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards for Environmental Projects for the VCU Rice Center

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Keep Virginia Beautiful Awards

In 2010, VCU was awarded the Environmental College Pride Award from Keep Virginia Beautiful.  

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Virginia Green Certification

The Virginia Green program within the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, certified both Market 810 and Jonah's as Virginia Green restaurants.

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