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

    4/6/2022

    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! 

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

    3/29/2022

    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.

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

    8/25/2021

    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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.”