In April 2008, VCU signed onto the American Colleges and Universities Presidents Climate commitment.  In response to that, VCU completed its first greenhouse gas inventory in 2008, creating a baseline that the university has committed to reducing below, incrementally, over the next 42 years. Visit our Commitments and Policies page to learn more!


Sustainability Timeline 

1991 Talloires Declaration signed by President Eugene Trani
2001 March - VCU Recycling and Reuse Coordinator hired
2007 August - VCU Energy Manager hired
2008 April - President Eugene Trani signs the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment
  July - VCU Director of Sustainability hired 
  November - VCU Sustainability Committee created 
2009 January - VCU's first Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory completed 
  March - Walter L. Rice Education Building becomes the first LEED Platinum certified building in Virginia 
2010  January - VCU Sustainability website launched 
  February - President Michael Rao signs the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment
  May - VCU completes Climate Action Plan
  August - VCU completes State of Cycling report 
2011  May - VCU releases new strategic plan, Quest for Distinction 
  December - VCU launches RamBikes
2014 November - VCU Sustainability Office relocates to RamBikes building
2015 January - VCU Sustainability Certificate launched