Sustainability

The grass is greener at VWC

green gradsThe Virginia Wesleyan College community is dedicated to a greener campus and a greener world. The ongoing sustainability efforts of the College's faculty, staff and students reflect a larger commitment to ethical conduct and social responsibility through environmental stewardship and education.

Virginia Wesleyan has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for its greening practices. Most recently, VWC was selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

Come see for yourself

Wesleyan's beautiful 300-acre wooded campus is an oasis of trees, open fields and flowers that also happens to be a designated bird sanctuary and the home of an old-growth beech forest. You can find bat and bluebird houses, beekeeping boxes and even an eco-friendly worm farm on the College grounds.

Virginia Wesleyan is committed to waste-reduction, recycling, energy efficiency, green building practices, composting and other earth-friendly landscaping practices, promotion of public transportation and much more. Numerous faculty/student research projects, such as the establishment and study of a green roof on one of the student residence halls, integrate learning and community service for the betterment of the planet.

Climate Commitment, a carbon neutrality and climate resilience initiative created by Boston-based organization Second NatureMemberships and Distinctions

In January 2016, Virginia Wesleyan College President Scott D. Miller become a charter signatory of the Climate Commitment, a carbon neutrality and climate resilience initiative created by Boston-based organization Second Nature that sets new standards for climate leadership in higher education. The Climate Commitment joins the Carbon Commitment and Resilience Commitment, together constituting the Climate Leadership Commitments. These newly integrated commitments are partially a result of the rebranding of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a group that President Miller helped initiate in 2006 and to which Virginia Wesleyan College has been a member since 2007. As a Climate Commitment signatory, Virginia Wesleyan joins more than 650 institutions nationwide in what is now called the Climate Leadership Network. The College is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


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