Sara Woodward

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 >>

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 >>

Resilient Research

(From left) Sustainability coordinator Sara Woodward '16, Shataaxi Joshi '19, Arnav Upadhyay '19, and the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies Karin Warren discuss their project while walking on campus.

Growing up in Nepal in the shadows of some of the world’s tallest mountains, Arnav Upadhyay ’19 endured brutally cold winters and frequent snowstorms. As he grew older, he could sense the winters getting slightly warmer and more tolerable each year. This summer, he is taking action by helping Randolph College and the City of... READ MORE >>

Environmental science lab to be installed in Moore Hall

Moore Hall

Randolph College’s Moore Hall Lounge will be converted to an environmental science lab this summer. The renovation will be funded by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC). The $9,616 grant from the VFIC will allow the College to install new flooring, a larger sink for washing field equipment, countertops and cabinets, a storage area... READ MORE >>

Randolph residence hall receives LEED certification

Wright Hall

Wright Hall is the first building on the Randolph campus to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 108-year-old residence hall underwent major renovations last year, including the installation of a new HVAC system, an elevator, new furniture, new laundry rooms, and remodeled restrooms. Specific improvements were... READ MORE >>

2016 graduate joins Randolph staff as sustainability coordinator

Sara Woodward '16 holds a chicken at last year's Involvement Fair.

When Sara Woodward ’16 left the Red Brick Wall after graduation in May, she didn’t go far. The environmental science major was recently hired as the College’s sustainability coordinator and assistant to the director of the Department of Buildings & Grounds. “I feel truly honored to work alongside the passionate faculty and staff here,” Woodward... READ MORE >>

Student research shows tiny houses can lead to big savings

Environmental Studies Professor Karin Warren and Sara Woodward '16 mix up a batch of cob as Sustainability Coordinator Ludo Lemaitre (center) adds more straw at the site where a tiny house could be built.

After hearing a lecture on the benefits of micro housing during the fall 2014 semester, Sara Woodward ’16 joked with Karin Warren, the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies, about building a “hobbit house” on the Randolph College campus. The idea became a serious one in the spring 2015 semester, when Woodward took Warren’s Energy... READ MORE >>