Sustainability at Radford University

We are committed to integrating sustainable practices into all aspects of our operations and engaging students across the curriculum to learn, discover, and contribute to positive current and future environmental solutions. 

We strive to create a more resilient and sustainable campus environment and to provide an educational environment and the tools to address the social, economic, and environmental issues confronting our region, nation, and the world.  Read more about Sustainability at Radford University.

Why Sustainability?

The world is changing at a rapid and accelerating pace. These changes are leading humanity into unknown territory and creating increasingly complex challenges that impact our environment, our economy, and our society. Sustainability is not just maintaining an existing state, but the pursuit of an ideal end state that balances ethical solutions that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially equitable. 

Sustainable systems are resilient systems that can maintain or regain functionality in the face of volatility and unexpected disruptions to our most valuable services and commodities.

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News

  1. Radford University English professor establishes trail litter pick-up program »

    6/22/2020

    Radford University Professor of English Justin Askins, Ph.D., established The 500 Club as a way to unite a community of people willing to do their share to keep hiking trails clean and preserve the Earth’s natural beauty.

  2. A sustainability guide for staying at home during COVID-19 »

    4/23/2020

    Spending increased time in our living spaces these days gives us an excellent opportunity to “advance our sustainability values,” says the Radford University Sustainability Leadership Team. To help us do so, the team has worked together remotely to develop the “Sustainability Guide for Staying Home during COVID-19.”

  3. Get stormwater certified and celebrate Earth Week at home through virtual events »

    4/20/2020

    The Radford University Office of Sustainability is offering an undergraduate stormwater certification course webinar from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

  4. Workshop gives students tools to build sustainability leadership skills  »

    2/29/2020

    Student leadership teams from Radford University and Virginia Tech joined January 25 for an annual workshop designed to give campus sustainability leaders tools to create positive change – first on campus – and then in their communities and around the world.

  5. English professor’s ‘Sudden Spring’ considered among the best environmental books »

    2/24/2020

    Professor of English Rick Van Noy’s book “Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in Climate-Changed South” is among the Best Environmental Books in Nonfiction according to a recent list compiled by BookRiot.com.

  6. Radford University earns STARS silver rating for campus sustainability practices »

    12/11/2019

    Radford University’s campus sustainability initiatives have received a green thumbs up!

     

  7. Radford University earns spot on The Princeton Review’s guide to green colleges for the tenth consecutive year »

    10/29/2019

    Radford University’s commitment to building and maintaining a sustainable and environmentally friendly campus has again landed it on The Princeton Review’s annual guide to green colleges.

  8. Cupanion shows positive results after one month »

    10/8/2019

    The Cupanion Fill it Forward program at Radford University is a little more than a month old and already it is producing results aimed at reducing the amount of single-use items on campus and delivering clean water to people in need.

  9. Cupanion – Fill It forward »

    7/17/2019

    Radford University is partnering with the Cupanion Fill it Forward program in an effort to reduce the amount of single-use items on campus and deliver clean water to people in need.