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. President Hemphill signs Carbon Commitment by reaffirming Radford University’s long-standing focus »

    12/8/2020

    Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., signed the Carbon Commitment in November, reaffirming Radford University’s long-standing focus on reaching carbon neutrality and promoting campus-wide sustainability. 

  2. World Food Day virtual panel discussion focuses on food insecurity »

    12/2/2020

    Radford University students and faculty members joined virtually with community members on October 15 to observe World Food Day 2020 with a panel discussion centered on local food production and provision during a global health pandemic.

  3. For the 11th consecutive year, Radford University is among the top ‘green campuses’ in the United States  »

    11/2/2020

    The Princeton Review has again recognized Radford University’s commitment to sustainable practices by including the University in its annual guide to green campuses.

  4. Radford University is saving trees through PrintReleaf partnership  »

    10/14/2020

    Two hundred-fourteen trees are living today because of Radford University’s commitment to reduce its paper usage on campus. That is 214 trees to circulate oxygen into the air, provide shade, help prevent water pollution, reduce soil erosion, clean the air and combat climate change.

  5. Save paradise by painting a parking lot? »

    9/3/2020

    Could painting asphalt parking spaces white curb the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere? A group of Radford University students is about to find out.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.”

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.