Sustainability Week is a week-long event held by Virginia Tech in partnership with the Town of Blacksburg and the local citizen’s group Sustainable Blacksburg. The goal of Sustainability Week is to celebrate all of the wonderful progress both the Town and the university have made in creating a more sustainable community, educate students and citizens alike about how to make their personal lives more sustainable, and motivate them to take real, tangible actions towards being a model green citizen.

Sustainability Week 2017

Sustainability Week 2017 will take place from September 16 - 24. With over 30 events, there are opportunities for all ages. The Office of Sustainability will be hosting three events:

Virginia Tech Sustainability Expo

As Virginia Tech nears many important target dates for our Climate Action Commitment goals, we will be hosting a Sustainability Expo to inform the campus and community on our progress towards these goals. The event will consist of an expo-style education area, as well as panel discussion and questions and answers session from sustainability professionals across the campus.
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m. (expo 4:30-5:30 p.m., panel discussion beginning at 5:30 p.m.)
Location/Directions: New Classroom Building–Room 210 (Corner of West Campus Drive and Perry Street)
Additional Information: If you would like to table at the event, please let us know, or contact skarlee3@vt.edu.

Rocky Forge Wind

Virginia’s first wind energy farm is actively being developed in Botetourt County and is expected to power up to 20,000 homes annually. Join the Office of Sustainability and Apex Clean Energy to learn more about the project, long-term economic and environmental benefits, and to meet the team behind the development.
Time: 6–7 p.m.
Location/Directions: New Classroom Building–Room 210 (Corner of West Campus Drive and Perry Street)
Additional Information: Rocky Forge Wind Project

Active Commute Celebration

Do you bike, walk or take the bus to work or school?  Whether you’re a veteran active commuter, a beginner, or just want to learn about your options – come celebrate active commuting with us on Wednesday morning. Free coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries! Drop in anytime…we’ll be there until 1 pm!  We are also looking for a few volunteers to help with the Active Commute Celebration Hype Squad.  
Time: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location/Directions: Squires Plaza – VT Campus
Additional Resources:  VT Alternative Transportation Center, VT Bike Hub, and Ride Solutions.  If you would like to help volunteer for this event, please visit our Volunteer SignUp Page.

Founded in 2007, Sustainability Week was recognized at the state level in 2010 and again in 2016 with Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, and at the national level in 2013 with the Best of Green Schools Best Collaboration award. 

See previous Sustainability Week programs:

  • Sustainability Week 2016
  • Sustainability Week 2015
  • Sustainability Week 2014
  • Sustainability Week 2013 (Celebrate Sustainability)
  • Sustainability Week 2012