By Amy Via
RICHMOND, Va. — At the beginning of October, Virginia Commonwealth University began an environmental initiative called “Year of the Environment,” modeled from a statewide campaign started last year by Gov. Tim Kaine.
Jacek Ghosh, VCU’s Director of Sustainability, spoke with VCU InSight about some of the events involved, how VCU gets people involved in “green” practices, and practical tips to live more sustainably.
“Turn off the lights when you leave your office or apartment, turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth…obviously recycle, don’t idle your car, etc.,” said Ghosh.
A calendar of events on the campaign’s website includes workshops, lectures, and community activities.
VCU’s efforts to “go green” have been steady since former VCU president Eugene Trani signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. VCU also has a Statement of Sustainability on their “VCU Goes Green” site.