sustainability

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 >>

Science of sound keynote to highlight 10th annual Science Festival

A Science Day attendee takes a look through a microscope

Have you ever wondered how a small person can have such a big voice? Or, how does an opera singer belt the high notes so easily? Nicholas Perna will answer both of those questions and more in his keynote performance to headline the 10th annual Randolph College Science Festival. The Science Festival is a series... 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 >>

Leading expert on ginkgo trees to speak at Randolph

Peter Crane

Internationally renowned botanical researcher and evolutionary plant scientist Peter Crane is one of the first speakers slated to visit Randolph College in 2018. Crane, who is president of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation and author of Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot, will give a free, public lecture on January 24 at 7 p.m. in... 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 >>

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 >>

Sustainability Council organizing local Science and Earth Day Gathering

Students pick up Earth Day T-shirts outside Cheatham Dining Hall Wednesday.

Randolph’s Sustainability Council will join student organizations from other area colleges to coordinate a Science and Earth Day Gathering in downtown Lynchburg Saturday, April 22. The Science and Earth Day Gathering, which is a satellite event for the March for Science in Washington, D.C., will take place by the traffic circle at 5th Street and... READ MORE >>

Randolph president signs President’s Resilience Commitment for climate action

President Bradley W. Bateman signs the President's Resilience Commitment organized by Second Nature. Standing are (from left) Rick Barnes, professor of psychology and environmental studies and the Mary Sabel Girard Chair in Psychology; Sarah Sojka, professor of physics and environmental studies; Sara Woodward '16, sustainability coordinator; Michael Maningas, assistant dean of students; and Karin Warren, Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies.

Today, Randolph College strengthened its commitment to environmental sustainability when President Bradley W. Bateman signed the President’s Resilience Commitment. The document, organized by the nonprofit Second Nature, pledges that Randolph will develop a plan for climate resiliency. Per the agreement, the College will incorporate a joint campus-community task force and submit an annual review of... READ MORE >>