Get Involved

Food Recovery Network


The Food Recovery Network at Radford University was started by the Sustainability Leadership Team interns in 2017. In partnership with Dining Services, volunteers pick up good, leftover food from campus locations and deliver it to Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread, an organization that prepares meals and feeds people in need. 

We're always looking for reliable volunteers. Food recovery and delivery operations start at 8AM on Wednesday and Friday mornings and are usually complete by 9AM. Volunteers load food into coolers, transport it to RF Daily Bread, and unload it, count it, and weight it, and then return to campus.

We need crew leaders and volunteers for the 2020 - 2021 academic year. If you're interested, send an email to Josh Nease at

Fill It Forward

Every time a Highlander refills a resuable water bottle, scans a barcode sticker that's been placed on that water bottle with the Fill it Forward app, Cupanion gives clean water to a person in need.

Start participating here!

Student Leadership Opportunities

The 500 Club

Every time Radford University Professor Dr. Justin Askins goes out hiking, he also picks up trash that other people have left behind. He hasn't kept track of the amount of trash or pieces of litter he's cleaned up, but knows that it adds up fast. From his perspective, if everyone did this, there'd be no more litter on our trails and along our walking paths. 

This gave him the idea to promote and encourage others to pick up litter that he's calling "The 500 Club". 

When you're out hiking or walking, pick up the litter you see and count it. Work your way up to 500 pieces and you'll make it to the trail steward Hall of Fame - The 500 Club. 

Take photos of yourself along the way and send updates:

Twitter: @sustainable_RU

Instagram: rusustainability


Sustainability Learning Series: 10/26 - 10/30, 2020


Monday, 10/26, at 2PM: Sustainability in 2020 – Where We Go from Here.

Join in on this discussion featuring expert panelists Dr. Stockton Maxwell, Dr. Sara O’Brien, and Dr. Tay Keong Tan, as they discuss sustainability in what has been an extraordinary year. Topics will include: sustainable development and COVID-19, Environmental Health and Justice; and Climate Change.

To participate, pre-register using the link below. Attendees must use their Radford University credentials to be admitted.

Register Here for “Sustainability in 2020 – Where We Go from Here”

Tuesday, 10/27: Radford University Virtual Campus Sustainability Tour

Please join the Sustainability Leadership Team this evening, 9/8, for a Virtual RU Campus Sustainability Tour beginning at 5:30PM.

Members of the RU Sustainability Leadership Team will take participants on a guided Zoom tour to points around campus that are significant to the University’s sustainability efforts.

To participate, pre-register using the link below. Attendees must use their Radford University credentials to be admitted.

Register Here for the Virtual Campus Sustainability Tour

Wednesday, 10/28, at 4PM – Physical and Psychological Barriers to Climate Change

Join author and RU professor, Dr. Rick Van Noy presents on his recent book, “Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South”. 

To participate, log-in to the Zoom meeting using the link below. Attendees must use their Radford University credentials to be admitted.

Register Here for Physical and Psychological Barriers to Climate Change

Thursday, 10/29: Sustainability Lessons on Your Own!

Take on a personal sustainability challenge and then tell us about it ( We’ll share your story over social media. Personal sustainability challenges can include:

  • Have a Zero Trash/Zero Waste Day
  • Vegetarian for a Day
  • Walk Don’t Drive
  • 5 Minute Shower
  • Watch and Learn: Take in a sustainability-focused film on a subject you know little about. Free films can be found at DC Environmental Film Festival Online, and at the Radford University McConnell Library Sustainability Hubb. 

All week:

Virtual Renew the New - ReNew the New and Refresh Radford on your own! Participate in the annual trash and litter pickup virtually!

Who: Small groups of 2 - 10 masked people are required.

What: ReNew the New is looking quite different this year. The City of Radford is encouraging small groups to cleanup up the river and stream banks in the City parks.

When: During the last week of October, 10/26 – 10/30

Where: Along the New River in Bissett Park and along the greenway and stream in Wildwood Park.

How: Post photos of your team and your trash bags on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #ReNewtheNew and #RefreshRadford. Leave your bags of trash in any dumpster in Bissett Park.

To schedule your cleanup, email to arrange a pick up of trash bags and your FREE ReNew the New t-shirt. All participants will need to sign a liability waiver. Please schedule in advance!