Memberships and Distinctions
Virginia Wesleyan has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally with memberships in and honors by the organizations listed below.
Signatory of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment
President Billy Greer is one of more than 250 other college and university presidents in formally committing to sharply reduce and eventually eliminate all of the College's global warming emissions. President Greer also pledged to accelerate the research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. More information.
Member of the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. More than 9,000 member organizations and a network of 75 regional chapters are united to advance the USGBC's core purpose of transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. More information.
Member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. More information.
Dining Services Designated a Virginia Green Restaurant by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Wesleyan College Dining Services is one of a handful of original Virginia colleges and universities to receive the green restaurant designation. To qualify, restaurants (or dining halls) must minimize the use of disposable food service products, recycle grease, recycle and reduce waste, use water efficiently and conserve energy. More information.
Beech Forest is listed on the Council of Independent Colleges' site for the Historic campus Architecture Project
The Beech Forest, an old-growth hardwood forest which gives a glimpse into past forest conditions in the tidewater region, is important to the history of the College because the land which is now the campus was formerly a farm. Though in the course of the construction of the campus the beech forest area was reduced, recent construction plans have been modified so as to preserve the large area remaining. It is several acres of mature hardwoods, with a very tall canopy and an undisturbed understory, making it a sustainable ecological system. More information.
Included in the Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges
Created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Center for Green Schools, the Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges is an online publication that profiles institutions of higher education in the United States and in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.The 216-page guide is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges. More information.