RU Wins State Environmental Excellence Awards

In recognition of its commitment to sustainability, Radford University won two Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards at the Environment Virginia Symposium on Wednesday, April 11.

RU was one of four bronze award winners in the project implementation category for its installation of a magnetic bearing chiller in Preston Hall. RU also earned an honorable mention in the environmental program category for its competitiveness and participation in the Campus Conservation Nationals.

The awards were presented by Doug Domenech, Virginia's secretary of natural resources, in a ceremony at VMI in Lexington. Accepting the awards on behalf of the university were Jorge Coartney, director of facilities management, and Julio Stephens, sustainability coordinator.

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RU's Jorge Coartney, director of facilities management, and Julio Stephens, RU sustainability coordinator, accept a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award Wednesday at the Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington. RU was one of four bronze award winners in the project implementation category for its installation of a magnetic bearing chiller in Preston Hall. From left: Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources Maureen Matsen, Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech, Stephens, Coartney and Department of Environmental Quality David Paylor.

"These awards are great recognition from outside the university of Radford's ongoing efficiency and conservation efforts and the continued progress we are making," Coartney said.

The Environment Virginia Symposium, in its 23rd year, brings the public and private sectors together to exchange information, technologies and services that promote ecological sustainability and economic prosperity in the Commonwealth.

Radford's two award-winning projects, which Stephens said prevented the emission of more than 100 tons of carbon dioxide, are part of the university's ongoing effort toward achieving climate neutrality and fulfilling its responsibility as a signatory of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Stephens and Richard Roth, professor of geospatial science and acting director of the Radford University Environmental Center, were to participate in the symposium as presenters on Thursday, April 12, the third day of the symposium. Roth's presentation is titled "Sustainability in Higher Education." Stephens is to make two presentations:  "Magnetic Bearing Chillers: Reducing Costs, Electricity, Emissions and Noise" and "ZeWe Events Help Raise Awareness to Wider Audience."