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Our Commitment

Randolph Colleges strives to improve the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of all aspects of our operations.

President Bateman sports the official Earth Day t-shirt.

President Bateman sports the official Earth Day t-shirt.

Energy

  • 100% of the electricity we purchase is generated from renewable sources
  • We conduct energy audits of campus buildings to identify and eliminate inefficiencies
  • 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

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 reuseable to-go containers
  • All coffee purchased is Fair Trade certified
  • All pre-consumer food waste from Cheatham dining hall is composted

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

Waste

  • Single stream recycling (glass, paper, cardboard, plastics, metals, juice boxes, aerosol cans) 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
  • IT installed quick-print stations around campus that hold printing until students swipe their ID, preventing paper and ink waste from forgotten print jobs

Transportation

  • The Bike Share program leases bikes to students, faculty, and staff for free
  • We offer carpooling solutions to commuters and free taxi rides if they miss their ride through RIDESolutions
  • 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

Achievements

  • Randolph ranked #16 in the Princeton Review’s list of Green Colleges (2017)
  • President Bateman signed the President’s Resiliency Commitment (2017)
  • Randolph was the first college in Virginia and ninth in the nation to receive Bee Campus USA certification (2016)
  • Sierra Club ranked us among the top Cool Schools in the nation (2014, 2015)
  • The Princeton Review named Randolph one of the Top 50 Green Colleges (2015)
  • Randolph was one of only seven colleges in the nation to receive the Gold Level Student Actions Award from Purposeful Networks, formerly myActions (2015)
  • Randolph and four other Virginia higher education institutions committed to 100% renewable electricity, generated from landfill gas emissions (2014)
  • The EPA named Randolph a Green Power Partnership Top Partner for its commitment to renewable energy (2014)
  • The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) selected Randolph as one of only 90 institutions (and only two small liberal art colleges) to participate in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) pilot program (2007)
  • Randolph was the first college in Virginia to sign the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) (2006)
  • President Linda Lorimer was among the first U.S. college presidents to sign the Talloires Declaration (1990s)
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