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By Leona Baker | April 20, 2011
Sustainability is a way of life on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College. When we say green, we mean green.
We are honored to report that our efforts have been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review, which just released the list of colleges included in its downloadable book, The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition. One of only two colleges selected from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, VWC's inclusion in the book occurs just in time for Earth Day 2011, April 22.
The first-ever Earth Day was celebrated on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College in 1970, the same year as the College's very first graduating class. Throughout the years, our greening practices have grown and evolved to include a host of programs and initiatives designed to contribute not just to a healthier planet but to a more active and engaged community committed to sustainable practices in all areas of life on campus and off.
Anyone who sets foot on Wesleyan's beautiful 300-acre wooded campus knows it as a green oasis of trees, open fields and flowers. The campus 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.
The establishment of the President's Environmental Issues Council in 2005 crystalized the College's ongoing efforts to enhance responsible management of resources and promote improvement of the quality of the environment at Virginia Wesleyan.