About Us

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.

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.

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:

In 2009, Radford University President Kyle signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This added Radford to the list American universities who have committed to pursuing net carbon neutrality and to providing students with sustainability knowledge and skills to be successful professionals and positive change agents.

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

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

Student Sustainability Leaders

Karla Colina – Sustainability Leadership Team Student Coordinator, Food Recovery Network Co-Coordinator, Student Government Association Secretary of Sustainability 

Tucker Morgan – Food Recovery Network Co-Coordinator 

Emma Pearman – Housing & Residential Life Student Sustainability Coordinator 

Sophie Smith – Sustainability Web Developer 

Regan Blume – Sustainability Metrics Student Worker

Sustainability Leadership Team - Internship

Ashley Austin 

Brandyn Bagby 

Noah Buchan 

Karla Colina 

Tylisia Crews 

Angie Holmes 

Tucker Morgan 

Josh Owens 

Destiny Parker 

Jackie Sperrazza

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.


Mike Biscotte, Director of Facility Planning & Construction 

Dr. Aysha Bodenhamer, Assistant Professor of Sociology 

Avraham Boruchowitz, Assistant Director Environmental Health & Safety 

Noah Buchan, Student Representative – Sophomore Biology Major 

Dr. Holly Cline, Faculty Chair of Department of Interior Design & Fashion 

Jorge Coartney, Executive Director of Facilities Management 

Adrean Harris, Director of Dining Services 

Dr. Laura Jacobsen, Interim Dean of College of Graduate Studies & Research 

Dr. Angela Joyner, Executive Director of Center for Career and Talent Development 

Danny Kemp, VP for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer 

Eric Lovik, Director of Institutional Research 

Sara O'Brien, Associate Professor of Biology 

Chad Osborne, Public Relations Writer 

James Perkins, Director of University Services 

Dr. Richard Roth, Professor of Geospatial Science 

Pamela Simpkins, Director of Procurement & Contracts 

Tricia Smith, AVP for Student Life 

Dr. Eftila Tanellari, Assistant Professor of Economics 

Neal Thompson, Recycling Coordinator 

Susan Trageser, Dean of Students 

Dr. Rick Van Noy, Professor of English 

Dr. Mark Wagstaff, Professor of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism 

Josh Nease, Sustainability Manager 

Vacant, Assistant Director of Capital Outlay 

Graduate Student Representative 2017 – 2018 TBA

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