|Overall Rating||Reporter - expired|
|Liaison||Lindsey Van Zile|
|Submission Date||Sept. 13, 2019|
EN-3: Student Life
Buildings & Grounds
Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:
The main student group is called the Environmental Club which meets weekly.
Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
The Organic Garden at Randolph College is a small, beautiful parcel of land located on a hill northeast of the Maier Museum that has been developed through the efforts of students, staff, faculty, and members of the Lynchburg community dedicated to the principles and practices of organic gardening such as Permaculture and Indigenous Knowledge (IK). The hands-on approach to growing crops and animals on campus is harmonious with nature and grounded in theoretical study as well as a commitment to community development. Garden plots are available to all students, faculty, staff, and interested community members. An organic gardening physical education course is taught each spring.
Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:
Randolph frequently hosts conferences and speaker series related to sustainability, particularly social sustainability and environmental justice. Each year, Randolph hosts the "Voices of Lynchburg" speaker series which seeks to bridge the gown and town gap by showcasing prominent leaders addressing local social justice issues. Recent speakers discussed affordable housing for Lynchburg citizens with disabilities, and the correlation between poverty and quality of education. Other sustainability speakers include Philip Kietcher on evolution and ethical life, Kesho Scott on diversity and civil rights, and Jackson Katz on gender violence.
Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:
The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College often holds exhibitions related to sustainability issues. Recent exhibitions include "Atmospheric conditions: gathered and unsettled," which featured works on climate change, and "Investigating Identity: race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary art."
Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
The Environmental Club offers hiking trips to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains and sections of the Appalachian Trail. Several classes (Ecology, Environmental Principles, and Introduction to Environmental Studies) include hiking trip and white water rafting to students taking the classes.
Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
The Office of Sustainability hires one to three students each year to help out with sustainability-related jobs.
Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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