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VCU's Sustainability Team restores green infrastructure, Sempervirens

In 2019 and 2020, a pair of studies and a New York Times article brought attention to the relationship between historic redlining and urban heat islands in Richmond, Virginia. Read more in the Sempervirens, The Quarterly of the Virginia Native Plan Society.

A full grown carver street tree

VCU’s first team in federal Solar Decathlon Design Challenge will compete in final round this week

VCU News, April 17, 2024

Twelve students in the arts, engineering and urban studies have designed an energy-efficient home with affordability and equity in mind. Read more.

Rendering of a building

VCU's Free Store opens for the first time in three years

VCU InSight, October 26, 2023

The VCU Free Store is offering items at no cost for VCU students after being closed for three years. InSight reporter Jason Tejeda-Molina is taking a look at what the VCU community can expect. Watch the coverage here.

Free Store in the background and flexible seating in the foreground

VCU Free Store back open for business

RIC Today, October 23, 2023

The VCU Free Store, a project designed to help students and reduce waste, will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Read more

Shelves filled with items at the VCU Free Store

VCU Free Store reopens in new space with no-cost goods and a 'thrift store vibe'

VCU News, October 20, 2023

Blenders and bowls and wall art, oh my! These are just a few of the things Virginia Commonwealth University students can get for no cost at the Free Store, which opens in a new space on Oct. 25.

Parker Long placing a decorative spider on a shelf in the Free Store

What's new at VCU for 2023-24

VCU News, September 7, 2023

New places, new faces, new resources – even a new school – have joined the campus as the school year begins. Check out what's new at VCU, including the relocation and re-opening of the VCU Free Store and VCU Ram Pantry.

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Mural by VCUarts student reveals the invisible danger of heat island effect

VCU News, August 25, 2023

With a VCU parking deck as her canvas, Sirena Pearl mixes art and science, creativity and technology, in a project supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

Student stands in front of mural painted on a building

VCU faculty share insight at climate roundtable with Rep. Jennifer McClellan and NASA Deputy Administrator Pamela Melroy

VCU News, August 1, 2023

Researchers Stephen Fong, Ph.D., and Damian Pitt, Ph.D., discuss how extreme weather threatens public health in Virginia and across the country, as well as strategies for mitigating climate change.

From surf, turn and sky, NASA and VCU's Rice Rivers Center deliver an immersive summer experience for undergraduates

VCU News, June 29, 2023

This summer, NASA brought its Student Airborne Research Program to the East Coast for the first time with the help of Virginia Commonwealth University faculty and the team at VCU’s Rice Rivers Center. SARP-East, which began in June and runs through July, engages undergraduate students from colleges nationwide in a real-world NASA research campaign on the ground, in the sky and in the water.

Rice Rivers Center in background with wetland in foreground

VCU, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partner to restore migratory fish in Virginia rivers

VCU News, May 18, 2023

The VCU Rice Rivers Center will receive a $300,000 federal award in support of a new partnership to advance conservation of the iconic and culturally significant migratory American shad and river herring fish species in Virginia rivers.

James River

A Growing Connection

Richmond Magazine, May 14, 2023

John Jones and Sara Barton know big things can come from small spaces. That’s why Jones, a Virginia Commonwealth University professor, and Barton, a VCU staff member, joined forces this semester to lead ENVS 291 - Foundations of Urban Food Production, a class that offers course credits for tending a city garden, greenhouse flats and a hydroponic system. Once harvested, healthy greens from these plots are delivered to VCU’s Ram Pantry, where they are available for students experiencing food insecurity.

Seedlings growing in a tray

Students, Office of Sustainability celebrate Earth Day

VCU News, April 26, 2022

The Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Sustainability celebrated Earth Day with a series of events throughout last week, culminating with an Earth Day Bazaar on Friday that drew an enthusiastic crowd to visit with an array of ecological groups and student vendors along the University Student Commons Plaza.   

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VCU prepares for a greener future with development of ONE VCU Sustainability Plan

VCU News, March 9, 2022

Virginia Commonwealth University today announced the development of its first ONE VCU Sustainability Plan, which will create a road map for the university and health system to achieve meaningful and impactful environmental sustainability goals. 

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VCU earns Gold for sustainability

VCU News, December 13, 2021

Virginia Commonwealth University has received a Gold Rating from an international sustainability organization that measures the performance of higher education institutions in five key areas. 

Students walking from above

VCU is the most bike-friendly university in Virginia

VCU News, March 12, 2021

Each day Sera Erickson commutes from her Church Hill home to her job at Virginia Commonwealth University on her bicycle. She followed the same routine as a VCU student. 

Person on bike with VCU logo painted on the pavement