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Get involved and help champion sustainability on and off campus by participating in the Office of Sustainability's upcoming events and activities. Continue reading for more information.

Learning Gardens

"Resiliency Garden" at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

The VCU Learning Gardens Program is collaborating with the Institute of Contemporary Art and urban farmer, educator and change maker Duron Chavis to support an outdoor exhibition titled "Resiliency Garden." The exhibition that opened on September 12, 2020, is a part of the Commonwealth exhibition and is located at the intersection of Belvidere Street and Grace Street.

Stop by the "Resiliency Garden" to learn about urban agriculture and food justice, and check back for more information about upcoming workshops and volunteering opportunities at the garden. 

Learn more about exhibition by reading the VCU News, "A Resiliency Garden Blooms" article

Fall gardening 

With the fall 2020 semester underway, the Learning Gardens continue to grow and deliver fresh produce to our community

Urban Forestry

Carver Tree Project

Sustainability is working with the Offset Network to validate the Carver Tree Project as a carbon offset project, an effort to offset emission reduction targets. If the validation is successful, VCU would be the first university in Virginia to develop an urban forestry carbon offset project with the Offset Network. 

Amelia Street School Project

Sustainability is partnering with the Amelia Street School and The Enrichmond Foundation to plant approximately 100 trees at the Amelia Street School – the project is expected to begin in spring 2021. This project will provide outdoor learning opportunities for Amelia Street School students and help mitigate some of the urban heat island effect in the area. The school is located between two formerly redlined neighborhoods and is an area that experiences summer temperatures that are higher than temperatures in other parts of Richmond.

Once planted, the trees will be maintained similarly to the existing and 62 new trees that were planted in 2018 as a part of the Carver Tree Project. Maintenance will include training VCU students in tree care techniques as well as periodically watering and pruning the trees as needed. 

Check back for more information about the project and how you get volunteer to participate. 

Ram Pantry and Microgreens Project

The Learning Garden Program is working with the Center for Environmental Studies to manage a micro-greens project in the Eugene P. and Lois E. Trani Center for Life Sciences greenhouse. This project ties together the learning garden, RamPantry and CES to support student access to fresh, healthy food.

Campus Sustainability Day

Check out Sustainability's Facebook and Instagram accounts to see how they celebrated the annual Campus Sustainability Day from September 8 – 11, 2020. Throughout the week, Sustainability posted about local sustianability topics and how they intersect with racial and environmental justice. The event featured posts and interviews with local organizations tackling these topics and highlighted opportunities for the students and employees to get involved in the local community and on campus. Participants could also enter to win one of three Zero Waste Kits from the Package Free Shop. 

More information 

For more information, visit the Sustainability website or contact sustain@vcu.edu