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.

Carbon Commitment: Climate Leadership

News

  1. 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.

  2. Novel methods for incorporating sustainability into curriculum »

    6/21/2019

    Workshop introduces faculty to methods toward incorporating sustainability initiatives into their courses and communicating their importance to their students.

  3. Campus tree crowned national champion »

    5/29/2019

    The white basswood located at the north end of Jefferson Hall has been recognized as a national champion tree by American Forests magazine.

  4. Bags to Benches program produces its first campus bench »

    5/16/2019

    Radford University’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Sustainability Leadership Team unveiled its first recycled bench from its participation in the Bags to Benches program.

  5. Keep’n It Green Award winners announced »

    5/3/2019

    Radford University honored three individuals for their commitment to campus sustainability with the 2018-19 Staff Senate Keep’n It Green awards.

  6. Students asked to donate unwanted items during move-out week »

    4/29/2019

    Radford University Sustainability, Recycling and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys are encouraging students to donate their unwanted items to charity instead of tossing the items into the trash while moving out of residence halls.

  7. Radford University students are leading a mission to stop hunger and reduce food waste »

    3/26/2019

    Radford University’s Food Recovery Network chapter is part of a larger student movement organization that fights food waste and hunger in the United States.

  8. Radford student interns participate in inaugural sustainability summit »

    1/29/2019

    Radford University students joined Virginia Tech students at the Selu Conservancy on Saturday, Jan. 26, for the first-ever Sustainability Leadership Workshop.

     

  9. Make copies, plant trees and make a difference »

    1/24/2019

    Radford University has joined PrintReleaf, a technology platform that measures the amount of paper used in university copiers and printers, and then plants trees, equivalent to the paper usage, in stressed forest areas.

  10. Whitt Hall earns LEED Gold status  »

    11/19/2018

    Radford University’s Whitt Hall has been granted LEED Gold certification, marking another achievement in the university's sustainability initiatives.