Re-established in 2016 in the Office of Academic Programs, Radford University Sustainability works to advance the Radford University 2018 – 2023 Strategic Plan, Mission, Core Values, Climate Action Plan and other commitments. Radford University has been recognized for nine consecutive years in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges.
From the 2018 – 2023 Strategic Plan:
Radford University Mission
As a mid-sized, comprehensive public institution dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge, Radford University empowers students from diverse backgrounds by providing transformative educational experiences, from the baccalaureate to the doctoral level, within and beyond the classroom. As an inclusive university community, we specialize in cultivating relationships among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other partners, and in providing a culture of service, support, and engagement. We embrace innovation and tradition and instill students with purpose and the ability to think creatively and critically. We provide an educational environment and the tools to address the social, economic, and environmental issues confronting our region, nation, and the world.
Core Value: Sustainability
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.
Other Guiding Documents:
On Friday, November 13, 2020, Radford University President Brian Hemphill signed the Carbon Commitment, reaffirming the University’s commitment to pursuing net carbon neutrality. The Carbon Commitment recognizes the increasing pace and detrimental impacts of climate change and the need for colleges and universities to exercise leadership in addressing the problem. At the core of the Commitment is the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040 and to integrate sustainability and climate action into university curriculum and culture.
Campus Sustainability Policy
Radford University is committed to being a model for sustainable campus practices and policies and recognized for our stewardship of economic, social, and environmental resources and for our academic commitment to sustainability. To accomplish this, the university has established and adopted the Campus Sustainability Policy. The Sustainability Steering Committee recognizes that achieving sustainability will evolve as campus needs, technologies, and opportunities arise. Radford University is committed to:
- Creating awareness of environmental impacts, concerns, and practices that preserve natural resources
- Establishing sustainability goals & implementing strategies to achieve the goals
- Meeting or exceeding all Federal & State environmental rules & regulations
Radford University Climate Action Plan
To effectively pursue the broad goals in the ACUPCC, the Radford University Sustainability Steering Committee developed a Climate Action Plan with sub-goals, strategies, and tactics that, if executed, will lead to our future, desired state
Radford University Sustainability Team
Josh Nease – Sustainability Manager and Selu Academic Program Manager
Sustainability Leadership Team - Internship
- Grace Dhondt
- Hannah Kocen
- Donya Mohamed
- Nicole Rice
- D'Wayne Seals
- Matt Shuma
- Chris Wozniak
Sustainability Office Student Workers
Pat McBride - Food Recovery Network Coordinator and Sustainability Program Support
Josh Dishman - Sustainability Program Development
Jaxon Emery - Green Office Coordinator
Radford University Sustainability Steering Committee
- Be creative, innovative, and bold in recommending a course of action that will reduce our environmental footprint and bring recognition to our University as a leader in sustainability.
- Strive to make Radford University the most sustainable campus in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- In accordance with the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the committee will serve as the institutional structure to guide the implementation of the University’s Climate Action Plan in pursuit of the goals committed to in the ACUPCC.
Mr. Mike Biscotte, Director of Facility Planning & Construction
Dr. Aysha Bodenhamer, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Mr. Avraham Boruchowitz, Assistant Director Environmental Health & Safety
Mr. Jorge Coartney, Executive Director of Facilities Management
Dr. Holly Cline, Faculty Chair of Department of Interior Design & Fashion
Ms. Rebecca Dias, T&R Faculty, Design
Mr. Adrean Harris, Director of Dining Services
Mr. Bruce Hayden, Associate Dean of Students
Dr. Angela Joyner, Executive Director of Center for Career and Talent Development
Dr. Heather Keith, Executive Director of Faculty Development, CITL, Professor of Philosophy
Mr. Danny Kemp, VP for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Mr. Eric Lovik, Director of Institutional Research
Dr. Stockton Maxwell, Associate Professor, Geospatial Science
Mr. Pat McBride, Undergraduate Student Representative
Mr. Chad Osborne, Public Relations Writer
Mr. James Perkins, Director of University Services
Dr. Richard Roth, Professor of Geospatial Science
Dr. Christine Small, Professor of Biology
Ms. Tricia Smith, Assistant VP for Student Life
Dr. Eftila Tanellari, Assistant Professor of Economics
Mr. Neal Thompson, Recycling Coordinator
Dr. Rick Van Noy, Professor of English
Dr. Mark Wagstaff, Professor of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism
Mr. Josh Nease, Sustainability Manager