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Green Graduates of Virginia Tech

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The Green Graduates of Virginia Tech program asks graduating students to take a personal sustainability pledge that encourages them to think about the environmental impact of their jobs, travel, and other adventures after leaving Virginia Tech. By pledging, students are committing to foster sustainable behaviors both in their own lives and in the lives of their friends, family, and coworkers.

To honor the students who take the pledge, the Office of Sustainability awards all pledge signers with a free green cord to wear at graduation.

Students who want to participate will complete a survey with a short write up of how they pledge to support a sustainable world and a photo of themselves (think Humans of New York project or your standard selfie). Pledges will be posted to the Green Graduates of Virginia Tech Facbook page. 

Students who pledged will be contacted the month before graduation with information on how and where to pick up their green cord.   (Please note: green cord distribution is subject to change due to continuing impacts of COVID-19)

All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible; however, only students who are set to graduate in the upcoming graduation ceremony will receive a cord at that time. Students who would like to be put on the list of future green graduates can submit their information at any time. The Office of Sustainability will notify them when their cord is available for pickup in the month prior to their graduation.