The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge was even more difficult his year because students completed their projects and competed remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to return home.
Under supervision of the university arborist, both damaged trees were removed. Upon inspection, the arborist determined the white oak suffered previously existing structural issues and root loss that contributed to the tree’s failure.
Led by the university arborist, long-term efforts were underway to preserve the historical site where the Merry Oak is located and to celebrate the tree, which had suffered substantial structural problems due to old age.
This network of nearly 125 students, faculty, and staff from across operations, academics and research, and community representatives continues to be highly engaged in moving the revision process forward – in a fully virtual environment.
Among the ways the Virginia Tech Facilities Department is striving to preserve this physical sense of place for generations to come is through the fastidious quality and design standards it sets for all construction projects on the Blacksburg campus.
Patrick Miele, graduating senior and Green Tailgate coordinator, is proud to play a strong role in helping to reduce the university’s environmental footprint through inspiring his fellow students to be more active in sustainability.
Ibeziako brings more than 28 years of engineering and leadership experience. She joins Virginia Tech from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as director of engineering and energy.
The Office of Sustainability, Dining Services, and Housing and Residence Life partner closely to leverage the university community’s passion and curiosity for sustainability in delivering an array of waste reduction programs and educational initiatives.
The group will produce a summary of the university’s progress on sustainability since Virginia Tech’s first Climate Action Commitment was put in place in 2009. Additionally, it will also develop any proposed updates to the Climate Action Commitment that was last revised in 2013.