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Sustainability Plan

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.

Download the Randolph College Sustainability Proposal (PDF)

Bee Campus USA

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?)

A certified Bee Campus, Randolph College loves pollinators.

A certified Bee Campus, Randolph College loves pollinators.

 

The President’s Climate Commitments

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?)

Sustainability Coordinator

Riley Lorson, sustainability coordinator and special projects manager

Riley Lorson is our fourth coordinator. She is responsible for monitoring and tracking Randolph College’s utilities usage, maintaining sustainability-related commitments on campus, supervising student workers and interns, overseeing the Organic Garden, and ensuring smaller projects get up and running. She also assists the director of building and grounds with project planning, budgeting, and communication. 

Riley graduated from Randolph in May 2021 with a degree in environmental studies and a minor in philosophy. During her time as a student, she was a member of the Sustainability Council, the WildCat Wellness Council, and the Natural History Collections Club. She also volunteered in the Organic Garden—where she was the head chicken wrangler—and the Rummage Room. As a co-founder of Randolph Thrive, a self-navigated program based on research showing that time spent outdoors can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, Lorson helped identify several spots across campus where students could connect with nature and find some relief.

She also found time to work in the field, interning with the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences and as a sustainability intern with the Cheesecake Factory, working to build a case for an ongoing project addressing excess food and diverting food waste.

Lorson hopes to recruit more students into the fields of environmental science and studies, while inspiring the same passion for sustainability in them that she found at Randolph.

Office: 434-947-8387

Email: rlorson@randolphcollege.edu

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