The Environmental Sustainability Proposal for Randolph College is a set of goals and recommendations for the future that take into account the current status of the College’s impact on the environment. The overall goal of the Sustainability Proposal is to describe strategies for improving Randolph College’s sustainability that can be considered within the College’s financial and organizational context.
In 2016, Bee Campus USA recognized Randolph College as the ninth educational institution in the nation and the first in Virginia to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program.
The designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of practices that support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species. This includes raising awareness of the importance of pollinators, creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, and developing a pollinator-friendly pest management plan. (What is a Bee Campus?)
The President’s Climate Commitments are signed by the Presidents of various colleges across the country to work towards carbon neutrality and resiliency in the face of uncertain futures. The Climate Commitment is a systematic approach to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate through functional actions. We conduct Greenhouse Gas Inventories to see where we are and our Carbon Commitment means we are focused on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. (What are the President’s Climate Commitments?)
Allison Brooks is our third coordinator. She is responsible for monitoring and tracking Randolph College’s utilities usage, maintaining sustainability related commitments on campus, supervising student workers and interns, supervising the organic garden, and ensuring smaller projects get up and running. Allison graduated in January 2018 with honors in environmental science from Randolph. During her time as a student she studied abroad in Costa Rica and England, held a student position on the Sustainability Council, had a number of different internships, and pursued research projects whenever she could. She is a proponent of student experiences and firmly believes internships and research will prepare students for life after college. Each semester she manages two student workers and up to five interns, if you are interested, please reach out and she would be happy to help!