VCU recognizes the importance of sustainability for our quality of life today and for future generations, and protecting the limits of natural systems. In April 2008, VCU’s President Emeritus Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, joining more than 600 college and university presidents in a commitment to neutralize greenhouse gases emitted on their campuses. As a signatory, VCU is working to reduce emissions in all areas of campus life — from educational programs and facilities to dining and residential life — as part of its plan to become climate-neutral by 2050. Read the University’s Statement of Sustainability and see how the University as a whole is working toward its goal at

How Can I Be More Sustainable As I Prepare To Come To Campus?

  • Put CFL or LED light bulbs into desk, table, and floor lamps. One CFL or LED bulb should be able to last you throughout your college career, provided you turn it off when you leave the room.
  • Pack as much as possible into suitcases when you’re packing for your new hall, instead of using plastic bags or cardboard boxes. When you’re done unpacking, send all suitcases back home with Mom & Dad, with the exception of one suitcase for your trips home.
  • Ask for used cardboard boxes at your area grocery store, instead of purchasing new.
  • Check out area thrift stores for décor for your new room, like lamps, posters, picture frames, throw pillows, or even rugs.
  • Check with roommates before buying appliances and electronics so you don’t purchase multiples, and consider renting your microfridge from Melvin Corporation, instead of purchasing appliances you won’t need after move out.
  • Borrow a vacuum cleaner from the Housing office in your hall, instead of purchasing your own.


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