President's Task Force on Sustainability


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. 

On November 16, 2020, President Hemphill charged the newly formed President's Task Force on Sustainability with developing a new sustainability and climate action plan. The new plan will be complete by October 2021.   

The President’s Task Force on Sustainability was designed to enhance cross-campus collaboration and develop partnerships and strategies for advancing sustainability and achieving net carbon neutrality. President Hemphill appointed 13 faculty, staff, and student members from Finance, Facilities, Admissions, Sustainability, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and University Services. This specially formed team will develop a sustainability and climate action plan that permeates University culture, trains students to be sustainability leaders, and demonstrates that achieving carbon neutrality is possible for all types of institutions. 

The Task Force will convene at 6-week intervals over the next 10 months to create the new Radford University Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. In between plenary meetings, Task Force subcommittees will engage stakeholders from each of their focus areas and will make recommendations that strategically reduce carbon emissions and integrate sustainability and climate action into academics and university culture. Subcommittee focus areas include Academics, Engagement, Planning & Administration, Campus Services, and Operations. 

Have ideas? Here's how to get involved:

  • Provide suggestions and comments using the form below.
  • Attend a campus-wide open forum via Zoom
  • Zoom Forum #1: February 17, 2PM - 3PM
  • Zoom Forum #2: February 19, 2PM - 3PM
  • Review Draft Recommendations (May 2021, TBA)
  • Review Draft Plan (August - September 2021, TBA)
  • Additional questions or comments, please email Josh Nease