Environmental Studies

Randolph students roll over history in Nelson County

Professor Sarah Sojka, Sara Woodward '16, and Hagay Haut '16 speak with other volunteers in the archaeology project at the site of the uncovered jailhouse.

Hagay Haut ’16 spent a recent afternoon lugging what looked like a suitcase across a garden in Nelson County. Occasionally stepping on turnips and ducking through the wires of a surrounding fence, he used the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to search for clues that there was more than just vegetables buried beneath the soil. Haut... READ MORE >>

National Wildlife Federation publication touts Randolph’s ‘lands-on’ experiences for students

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LYNCHBURG – Randolph College is the only higher education institution in Virginia featured in the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and “Lands-on” Experiences for Students, which was released this week. The richly detailed guide highlights how colleges and universities are playing a dynamic... READ MORE >>

Big role seen for tiny houses

Hagay Haut (left) of Randolph College and E.C. Glass student Spencer Cohen take readings on temperature and humidity for the tiny houses they built on campus. (Photo by Jill Nance)

By Jessie Pounds, News & Advance Reprinted with permission Randolph College students study viability of small structures for sustainable housing A tiny house made of mud and straw might sound primitive, even prehistoric, but in a hidden garden on the far reaches of their campus, two Randolph College students are conducting modern experiments with these... 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 >>

Randolph College students take soil samples in James River

Allison Brooks gathers a sample of sediment from the James River along Percival's Island on Tuesday. Brooks is part of Randolph College's summer research program, which is testing for possible contaminants trapped near the RockTenn Dam. (Autumn Parry/The News & Advance)

Jessie Pounds, Lynchburg News & Advance With nettles and scrub-brush behind them and the James River before them, the path ahead became refreshingly clear for Allison Brooks and her comrades in research. “Only up to our necks ─ let’s do it,” she said. Brooks, a rising sophomore at Randolph College, is participating in a summer... READ MORE >>

WildCats spend spring break with wild cats

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While most college students seek out sun and fun on the beach, a group of adventurous Randolph students spent their spring break hacking through the brush under the watchful eyes of 700 pound tigers. Eleven students volunteered with Carolina Tiger Rescue, a non-profit rescue sanctuary for wildcats in Pittsboro, NC.   The facility is home to... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor explains 2011 earthquake’s far-reaching impact

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WSET asked Sarah Sojka, an environmental studies and physics professor, to explain a recent report that asserts a 2011 earthquake in Virginia shook more people than any other quake in U.S. history.... READ MORE >>

CICV program will help Randolph pursue solar power

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Randolph College is joining forces with the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) and 14 other private institutions to explore opportunities for solar power.... READ MORE >>

Rainforest research helps Randolph senior prepare for conservation career

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Dan Phung ’15 spent three weeks of his winter break on an isolated island in Panama, where he explored the rain forest in the morning, snorkeled to see coral reefs in the afternoon, and stargazed with his feet in tropical waters at night.... READ MORE >>

Sierra Club ranks Randolph among the nation’s top “Cool Schools”

The list evaluates and ranks colleges based on sustainability initiatives in academics, food, energy use, food services, and other factors.... READ MORE >>