environmental sustainability

Liz Beairsto ’20 makes a difference in internship at Clean Water Action

Liz Beairsto '20

This summer, Liz Beairsto ’20 was a community outreach intern with Clean Water Action’s national office in Washington, D.C. In her role, Beairsto worked alongside Clean Water Action’s members and professional staff to educate the public about environmental protection and its correlation to quality of life. “I was only with Clean Water for a short... READ MORE >>

Randolph hosts regional summit on climate change

Randolph sustainability coordinator Sara Woodward and psychology professor Rick Barnes lead a session at the Community Resilience Building Forum.

Randolph College hosted a special forum Friday that brought dozens of Lynchburg community members together to talk about climate change and its effects on the local area. Participants from the City of Lynchburg, Lynchburg College, Liberty University, numerous non-profit organizations, and more attended the College’s daylong Community Resilience Building Forum. Randolph hosted the event as... READ MORE >>

Randolph pledges support for statewide carbon reduction plan

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Randolph officially pledged its support this week for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) recently proposed regulation to reduce carbon emissions from the electricity sector. On April 9, Randolph President Bradley W. Bateman, along with the presidents of Washington & Lee University, Lynchburg College, Eastern Mennonite University, Hollins University, and Emory & Henry College,... READ MORE >>

Randolph earns top 25 national ranking among green colleges

Student laying on the grass, studying on front campus

Randolph College was recently ranked 23rd in Best College Reviews’ national list of Top 25 Green Colleges for 2018, alongside several larger institutions like the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Maryland. In the summary about Randolph’s ranking, Best College Reviews referred to Randolph... READ MORE >>

Randolph College recertified as Bee Campus

Close-up photo of a honeybee

Randolph College has once again received national recognition for its efforts to engage the campus in enhancing pollinator habitat both on and off-campus. Bee City USA® has renewed Randolph’s Bee Campus USA certification for 2018 following a rigorous renewal application process. The Bee Campus USA designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of... READ MORE >>

Randolph partnership with Lynchburg Grows adds to sustainability efforts

Students eating lunch in Cheatham Dining Hall

Randolph College is joining forces with Lynchburg Grows to reduce pre-consumer food waste. Earlier this year, Lynchburg Grows began collecting pre-consumer food waste like fruit and vegetable skins from Randolph’s dining services. The nonprofit group then uses the material for composting at the Lynchburg Grows farm. “Pre-consumer waste is easier to compost than post-consumer waste—what... READ MORE >>

Tiny House. Big Lessons.

Austin Collier '19 helps a middle school student use a cordless drill while putting up walls for a tiny house.

Randolph students help middle schoolers build a small house as part of STEAM-based program Wearing a white hard hat and eye-protecting goggles, Dai’Dieon looked the part of a young construction worker. Hammer in hand, the seventh-grader at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation lined up his nail and prepared to drive it into the... READ MORE >>

Randolph College ranked #16 in nation for Green Colleges

Green globe in green grass

Randolph College is one of the nation’s most “green” colleges, according to rankings released Wednesday by The Princeton Review. Randolph ranked #16 in the nation and was one of only two schools in Virginia to make the list. The ranking was part of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition, which recognizes... READ MORE >>

Sierra Club honors Randolph as a 2017 ‘Cool School’

Students conduct research on trees and plant life in Natural Bridge State Park.

Randolph has once again been named a “Cool School” by the Sierra Club. The College was one of 227 higher education institutions across the nation and only one of a handful in Virginia to earn the recognition in 2017. Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year, degree-granting undergraduate colleges and universities in the... READ MORE >>

Diving into Research

Physics and environmental studies professor Sarah Sojka, Tyrah Cobb-Davis '19, and Libby Exline '19 construct artificial seagrass

Earlier this summer, Tyrah Cobb-Davis ’19 and Libby Exline ’19 looked like they were going on a diving expedition. They packed wetsuits and swimming goggles into a car before loading up the most important item—a large, black mass of intertwined plastic tubes, or artificial seagrass. For their Summer Research project, the students are working with... READ MORE >>