Welcome

Welcome to the Green Grounds website where we have great stories from passionate bloggers, information about our Green Grounds CIO at the University of Virginia, media, and exciting, upcoming events! Our Footer on the bottom of every page and every post contains all of our blog posts. Our About sections contain descriptions of the organization, officers,…

An Exploration of Environmental Activism

As I struggled to find meaningful, effective ways to implement change within my local and global community, I stayed in Charlottesville last summer to take a few classes. Unintentionally I enrolled in two politics courses that peaked my interest–Politics of Food and Environmental Political Theory. Through these courses, I delved into the interconnectedness of food…

The College Composting Guide

Burying organic waste in landfill is a big problem and it’s not just because of the resources we lose. When organic waste is dumped into landfills, it undergoes anaerobic decomposition (due to the lack of oxygen) and generates methane. When released into the atmosphere, methane is 20 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than…

Let Me Update U (on Our Committees)

Green Grounds is made up of three committees that organize and implement different projects throughout the year. Here’s what we’ve been up to this semester! Green Squad Green Squad has been endlessly reaching out to organizations for UVA’s Job and Internship Fair on April 5th from 12-3pm in Newcomb. Additionally, Green Squad has decided to…

Green Travel Diaries: Learning from New Zealanders

Kia Ora! Greetings from your recent Kiwi traveler! Spending time in the land of the Hobbits this past semester has given me spectacular views, unforgettable experiences, great new friends, and valuable insight into the New Zealand culture across the world! During my time in New Zealand, I had the opportunity to visit a tiny town…

Vegetarian Eats: Richmond

Along with colorful murals covering brick walls throughout the city, Richmond, Virginia is well-known for being home to many vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants. One of my favorite restaurants is located on Addison Street going by the name: Fresca. A small restaurant with a beautiful interior and friendly service, they are an entirely vegetarian restaurant…

Literature and the Environment: A Conversation with Mary Kuhn

Wondering what environmental research is like outside the sciences? Unsure about what role the humanities play in sustainability? Mary Kuhn, Associate Professor from the Department of English spoke to me about her research in the environmental humanities and shared valuable insight on these questions. How did you become interested in research related to the environment?…

GG Exec and Web Guy Jiaming Zhao and His Summer Adventures

This post is a quick debriefing (with pictures!) of my green adventures this summer. The company at which I was interning this summer planned an outing to attend a Washington Nats baseball game, and I decided I would skip the traffic, enjoy the weather, and catch the game by cycling there. I saw that the…

GG Exec Bethany Mosher and Her Summer Impact

My internship this summer was working as a Summer Intern for the partnership between UVA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), with a focus on work with their corporate partnerships.  My focus was on developing analysis on previous corporate water stewardship programs and utilizing that to make recommendations and protocol for future corporate…

Green Summer Sharing!

Hello my fellow green people!   My name is Colleen Sloan and I am co-executive director of Green Grounds! As the summer comes to a close I would like to take the time and share with you all the~~cool~~and green things I’ve been up to this summer!   After finals, I spent some time in…

Sustainapitch Night

There is never an earth week event that is not fun, informative, and exciting. However, SustainaPitch Night this Thursday will be particularly special. After experiencing last year’s SustainaSupper, I have realized that bringing students and community members together to participate in collaborative problem solving can be a special time, and lead to great ideas. SustainaSupper…

E-Commerce, and Supporting Sustainability

While working at Starbucks today, I ran into an old friend of mine named Andrew Burill. After catching up for a few minutes, he asked me for my input on a series of photos, more specifically, which one contained the best lighting and optimal emphasis on a bright read bow tie directly below the man’s…