Green Grounds

The Green Grounds Group is dedicated to educating and advocating for sustainable planning, design, implementation and operations on the grounds of the University of Virginia.

Formed in 2004 by planning and architecture students to address green design at the University, the group sponsors projects that encompass a range of sustainable design ideas from green roofs to energy use to transportation. Through each project, Green Grounds works with a diverse set of university stakeholders including administrators, staff, faculty, students and community members.

Holding a strong conviction that the University of Virginia can and should employ sustainable practices as part of their growth strategy, the Green Grounds Group promotes a broad range of projects from minimization of energy consumption to selection of low environmental impact materials to site and building water management to improved indoor air quality.

Their Task Forces include:
Bicycle Friendly Grounds
Recycling and Waste
Food and Composting
Green Design and Building
Awareness and Education

To see more of their work, check out the Green Grounds website

For more information please contact the Green Grounds’ Co-Executive Directors: Bernadine Soriano ( and Meredyth Sanders (





2 Responses to Green Grounds

  1. Christa says:

    I’d be interested to know more about the Bicycle Friendly Grounds Task Force! How could I get more info?

    • earthweekuva says:

      Hi Christa!
      Feel free to contact Carla, and she can fill you in on the task forces’ recent accomplishments. I’d also recommend their webpage, their projects page has some info about Bicycle Friendly Grounds.

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