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.



  1. Green Team commemorates Earth Week with tree planting by the river »


    In the midafternoon on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, during Earth Week, the Radford University Green Team took a small step toward improving the Earth and the lives of its inhabitants by planting a Buckeye, a willow and a River Branch tree between the New River and Dedmon Center.

  2. 10 ways students can help Radford University reach carbon neutrality »


    As Radford University embarks on its quest for carbon neutrality by 2040, it’s imperative that everyone from the campus community chips in. Our communities depend on it. Our world depends on it. Here’s a list of how students can help! 

  3. Worldwide teach-in will focus on climate change, solutions »


    Radford University is joining hundreds of universities, colleges, high schools and faith organizations on March 30 for a one-day worldwide teach-in focused on climate solutions and justice. The event is designed to mobilize members of the campus and surrounding communities toward engaging in critical dialogue about climate issues.

  4. Help clean up the New River Saturday, Aug. 28 »


    Radford University and the City of Radford are partnering on an opportunity for community volunteers to help remove trash from a three-mile portion of the New River that runs through the city.

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


    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. 

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


    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.

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


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

  8. Radford University is saving trees through PrintReleaf partnership  »


    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.