Environmental Studies

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 >>

Summer Research projects aim to increase food sustainability and security

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Two Randolph students focused on sustainable food supplies in research projects this summer. Paul Rush ’16 worked on a project that would allow Randolph students to help feed people in need in the Lynchburg community. Hailey Nguyen ’15 investigated steps the College could take to improve sustainability of its own food services operations. Rush started... READ MORE >>

Student research examines effects of filtering rainwater for later use

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This summer, two Randolph students and a professor worked together on a research project designed to find out whether a filter can increase the quality of water in a rainwater storage system, such as a rain barrel, enough to make it more usable.... READ MORE >>

Biofilm research could shed light on erosion control

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By studying 12 bubbling bins of water and sand in the basement of Martin Science Building, two Randolph students hope to shed light on ways to reduce coastal erosion. Each bin contains various amounts of nutrients designed to help promote the growth of biofilm, microorganisms that stick together in the sand, as well as a... READ MORE >>

The Princeton Review names Randolph one of the top green colleges in the United States

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Randolph College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, which last week published its fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”... READ MORE >>

2013 Heritage Tree is historic cedar at Randolph College

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A large tree that has graced front campus more more than 100 years was honored as Lynchburg’s Heritage Tree of 2013 today. The award was announced in an Arbor Day ceremony at Lynchburg’s Sandusky Middle School. Mark Gilbert, Randolph’s grounds supervisor, accepted the award on behalf of the College. Marge Denham speaks about the deodar... READ MORE >>

Randolph Receives $600,000 Grant from the National Science Foundation

LYNCHBURG—A $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program will allow Randolph College to make college mor... READ MORE >>