Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) serves the common wealth in the form of 32,000 enrolled students, and more than 200 certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in 15 schools. Spread across two campuses in Richmond: Monroe Park and Medical College of Virginia (MCV), which includes the Schools of Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, as well as the MCV Hospitals. Specialty facilities include a center for environmental life sciences and a branch campus of the School of the Arts in Qatar. VCU traces its roots to 1838 when the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College opened. In 1968, it and the Richmond Professional Institute merged to form VCU.
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The United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainability as “the ability to serve the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” As a nationally prominent institution known for shaping and impacting human health, VCU’s role in developing sustainable solutions is vital and affects not only the natural environment, but human health, health equity and economic vitality. The development of our first ONE VCU Sustainability Plan will identify a path forward for VCU and VCU Health to interconnect these complex issues in order to sustainably deliver on our mission as well as support the well-being of future generations. Our charge is to create a plan that reflects our aspiration, while recognizing the scale of our challenges. On the heels of this year’s Earth Day celebrations, and focusing on the “E” for environment, I started looking into ESG in higher ed. Turns out, others have, too. In February of 2022, EY Parthenon (a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited) surveyed people at 176 colleges and universities to learn how they felt about their institutions’ commitment to environmental sustainability. What they found was that 75% of their faculty, students, staff, board members, donors and alumni said that “environmental sustainability is important to them, as well as to their stakeholders.”