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Our Commitment

Randolph Colleges strives to improve the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of all aspects of our operations. Our identified focus areas include:

Energy

  • 100% of the electricity we purchase is generated from renewable sources
  • We conduct energy audits of campus buildings to identify and eliminate inefficiencies
  • The Information Technology department (IT) virtualized 80% of the college’s servers, greatly reducing energy consumption
  • We install energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors in all new construction, and replace obsolete bulbs with LEDs or CFLs
  • In 2018, the main Boiler Room was decommissioned and we transitioned to a decentralized heating system that is more efficient.

Food

  • Dining Services purchases from local farmers, growers, and distributors whenever possible.
  • Cheatham Dining Hall has been trayless since 2009, reducing water and energy consumption and limiting food waste.
  • Cheatham offers reusable to-go containers.
  • All coffee purchased is Fair Trade certified.
  • All pre-consumer food waste from Cheatham dining hall is composted through Lynchburg Grows.

Water

  • We partnered with the City of Lynchburg on a storm water management program.
  • Our campus features multiple rain gardens and permeable parking spaces.
  • We install water-saving features in all new renovations.
  • Students conduct yearly water quality assessments of the Blackwater Creek.

Land

  • The College owns forested reserves in Campbell County, which serve as carbon sinks and living laboratories.
  • We maintain old growth forests and natural open spaces in the back 35 acres of main campus.
  • Buildings & Grounds replaces every fallen or removed tree on campus.
  • The Organic Garden is a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat, and features a food forest and apple orchard.
  • Randolph College was the first school in VA to become a Bee Campus USA and commit to supporting pollinators through more sustainable landscape practices.

Waste

  • IT installed quick-print stations around campus that hold printing until students swipe their ID, preventing paper and ink waste from forgotten print jobs.
  • Single stream recycling is campus-wide, with recycling bins provided in every dorm room.
  • The recycling center in Leggett accepts batteries, ink cartridges, CFLs, small electronics, and plastic bags.
  • The student-developed and run Rummage Room collects unwanted but good quality items during move-out and makes them available to students for free, limiting waste during move-out and unnecessary purchases throughout the year.
  • All landscape waste, including leaves and grass, is composted on site.

Transportation

  • The Bike Share program leases bikes to students, faculty, and staff for free.
  • A free shuttle service transports students downtown and to shopping malls, theaters, and the Lynchburg Community Market.
  • Two GLTC bus lines connect the campus to the rest of the city.
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