Facilities Management is here to provide the most efficient and cost effective support services in order to provide an environment that is clean, safe, healthy and responsive for students, staff and visitors.
Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions (including their own), and broaden the horizons for us all. A University of Virginia community rich in diversity affords every member equal respect – and provides a forum for understanding our differences as well as our commonalities.
Facilities Management is also committed to improve awareness of and increase appreciation for diversity. The Facilities Management Diversity Team was created in December 2013 to continue the efforts and to foster greater respect and understanding of diversity within the organization.
The University of Virginia became the first higher education institution in Virginia, and the third in the nation, to receive the prestigious Green Seal GS-42 Certification for cleaning service programs. Green Seal is the leading independent provider of certification and science-based standards for commercial cleaning. Awarded officially on October 11, 2013, this certification affirms that U.Va.’s Environmental Hygiene Services’ cleaning program meets Green Seal’s rigorous standards for cleaning for health.
“The Environmental Hygiene Services team has long supported the tenets of green cleaning,” said Environmental Hygiene Services Associate Director, Vibha Buckingham. “We have taken that passion and turned it into formalized procedures and standards to ensure everything that we do supports the good health of our workers, our students, our staff, our faculty and the environment itself.”
Sustainability at U.Va. is multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary, and many individuals, departments, and schools across Grounds have been working together for many years to advance sustainability on Grounds and beyond. Introducing new initiatives and incorporating sustainability into existing practices requires collaboration and partnerships across the University.
For an interactive overview of U.Va.’s sustainability practices, tour the U.Va. Green Guide.
July 25, 2014
It didn’t look like much, just a crumpled scrap of metal that had been tossed aside, forgotten in a pile of old rubble.