Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.18
Liaison Josh Nease
Submission Date May 21, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Radford University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Josh Nease
Sustainability Manager
Academic Programs
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Radford Transit

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

Radford Transit provides safe, reliable and convenient public transit to the citizens of Radford, Radford University students, faculty and staff and those who live in the surrounding areas. Professionally operated by New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) Transit Services, Radford Transit was established on August 8, 2011 through a joint partnership between Radford University, Radford City, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration.
New River Valley Community Services provides community-based behavioral health services which promote independence and improved quality of life for our citizens.

As the New River Valley’s public provider of behavioral health services, NRVCS (New River Valley Community Services) is committed to ensuring that culturally competent services are provided to our consumers. This policy incorporates the concept of equal and non-discriminatory services that are matched to the individual consumer’s needs.

Non-discrimination statement
New River Valley Community Services prohibits discrimination in employment, as well as services for consumers, or agency sanctioned activities, on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender expression.
NRVCS recruits, manages, develops, and retains qualified staff who reflect the diversity of the population served in order to provide the highest quality of services in support of the agency’s mission. Recognizing the ever-changing landscape of diversity in our community, New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) is pleased to offer selected diversity trainings to businesses and non-profit organizations – each one facilitated by a pair of NRVCS’ certified diversity trainers.

Radford Transit supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health. General Public Fare is $1.00. Radford University employees and students, all senior citizens, and people with disabilities ride free. RT provides affordable or free rides to all people throughout the city and surrounding areas, getting people to and from work and to local businesses, while reducing single occupancy vehicles on the road.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
The City of Radford Green Infrastructure Project

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

Green Infrastructure Project- https://www.radfordva.gov/843/Green-Infrastructure-Project

The City of Radford Green Infrastructure Project was a collaboration between the GIS Center, Department of Geospatial Science, and the City of Radford to further green infrastructure planning both in the city and on campus. The project was funded by a grant from the Green Infrastructure Center (http://www.gicinc.org/index.htm) to support training, data analysis, and planning meetings.  The grant was awarded to Dr. Andrew Foy and the City of Radford GIS Manager, Jennifer Whiteis. Geospatial data to support planning was developed by students in Dr. Stockton Maxwell's Intermediate GIS courses. Radford University provided computing resources, meeting rooms, and faculty time. The project aided the City of Radford with future planning decisions. 


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Food Recovery Network

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

Students in the Sustainability Leadership Team launched and continue to run a Food Recovery Network (FRN) chapter at Radford University. The FRN team delivers food twice a week to Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread, a local organization that provides free meals to people in the community in need.

The FRN Chapter is supported by the Radford University Sustainability Office who provides cooler bags for transport, training, meeting space, and other logistical support. FRN is open to all students and is continuously training new volunteers and recruiting new members.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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