The mission of the Sustainability Office is to reduce NOVA’s carbon footprint and educate future generations in environmentally sustainable policies and practices. The office aims to achieve this through a combination of projects and initiatives spanning campus operations, academics, workforce training, college community behavior, external engagement and community outreach.
- What is Sustainability?
- Sustainability Goals
- Sustainable NOVA
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is development in which humans and nature can exist in harmony without compromising the needs of present and future generations. (Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future ("Brundtland Report"), World Commission on Environment and Development (1987). Oxford: Oxford University Press.)
- incorporating efficient and conscious ways of handling materials
- providing transportation options to reduce commuting emissions
- lessen and limit the impacts of the built environment on natural systems
- defining operations to reduce our carbon footprint
- educating current generations and training the next generation
Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint and educate future generations about environmentally sustainable policies and practices. We hope to accomplish this through a combination of projects and initiatives spanning campus operations, academics, workforce training, college community behavior, external engagement and community outreach.
- Incorporate environmental considerations into all aspects of planning, contracting, operations and education.
- Make a concerted effort to progressively reduce overall environmental impact -- measured by reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- Educate about sustainability and provide green jobs training in Northern Virginia.
What does a sustainable NOVA look like?
- Progressively reducing our carbon footprint in pursuit of carbon neutrality.
- Have a stable funding source for environmentally sustainable projects.
- Construct new buildings and renovate existing buildings using whole systems thinking, low-impact design and appropriate green features.
- Advocate environmental sustainability among students, staff, faculty and surrounding communities.
- Including sustainability principles in academic and workforce training curricula.
- Offer visible and active sustainability-related programs like recycling, composting, environmentally friendly building design and operation (LEED), alternative /renewable energy on campus, operating efficiencies and transportation options.
Rob Johnson joined NOVA in October 2012 as NOVA’s first Sustainability Officer. He is focused on developing a Sustainability Strategy for the College, completing its first greenhouse gas inventory, implementing projects to reduce the College’s carbon footprint, and educating future generations about environmental sustainability. His previous experience includes: U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Officer; air and missile defense analysis for the U.S. Navy; and completion of George Mason University’s first Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Climate Action Plan as an intern and research assistant in GMU’s Office of Sustainability. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University.