Wahoos for Sustainability (WFS) is a grassroots movement of alumni, students, faculty, and staff who care deeply about the University of Virginia and are committed to sustainability. Wahoos for Sustainability was born in early 2016 to encourage UVA to accelerate its progress toward reaching the BOV mandated goal of a 25% reduction in GHG emissions by 2025. As UVA has made progress on this goal, WFS has continued to find ways to promote and support sustainability leadership and climate change responsibility at the University. On Earth Day 2018, 24 Alumni Sustainability Leaders, along with two University faculty, convened in Charlottesville to look beyond 2025. Together, with our over 1000 signatories, Wahoos for Sustainability calls upon the University of Virginia to set a goal of achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2035.
Grey McLean (COL ‘95), along with Sandy Reisky (Comm ’88) and Will Musser (COL '95), launched the movement in 2016. Wahoos for Sustainability (WFS) quickly grew, attracting a diverse set of students, faculty, and alumni. Unified by a passion for sustainability and UVA’s role in it, WFS membership spans six decades of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Some members are also sustainability professionals, working in a wide range of fields: clean energy entrepreneurs, impact investing, clean energy and energy efficiency finance, environmental law, public relations and marketing, environmental non-profit leadership and scientists, foundation executives, sustainable design and architecture, environmental policy and advocacy, building engineers, and environmental science. Join us!
If you share a similar passion for sustainability in practice and want to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact us. We love the University of Virginia and want to see it become the global sustainability leader it has the potential to be.