Sustainability at Radford University

We are committed to integrating sustainable practices into all aspects of our operations and engaging students across the curriculum to learn, discover, and contribute to positive current and future environmental solutions. 

We strive to create a more resilient and sustainable campus environment and to provide an educational environment and the tools to address the social, economic, and environmental issues confronting our region, nation, and the world.  Read more about Sustainability at Radford University.

Why Sustainability?

The world is changing at a rapid and accelerating pace. These changes are leading humanity into unknown territory and creating increasingly complex challenges that impact our environment, our economy, and our society. Sustainability is not just maintaining an existing state, but the pursuit of an ideal end state that balances ethical solutions that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially equitable. 

Sustainable systems are resilient systems that can maintain or regain functionality in the face of volatility and unexpected disruptions to our most valuable services and commodities.



  1. Q&A with Sustainability Manager Aysha Bodenhamer »


    You may know Aysha Bodenhamer ’10 as a Radford University alumna and faculty member in the Department of Sociology. Earlier this year, however, Bodenhamer began a new role, serving as her alma mater’s newest sustainability manager. It’s a position she said will allow her to do more to “instill a culture of sustainability” in the Highlander community.

  2. Highlander Highlights: Week of March 18, 2024 »


    Every two weeks, Highlander Highlights shares with readers some of the extraordinary research and accomplishments happening on and off campus through the tireless work and curiosity of our students and faculty. 

  3. ‘Restoring Appalachia’ trip follows a new path »


    Floods in Kentucky force alternative spring break group to find another alternative: maintenance on the Appalachian Trail.

  4. Green Team commemorates Earth Week with tree planting by the river »


    In the midafternoon on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, during Earth Week, the Radford University Green Team took a small step toward improving the Earth and the lives of its inhabitants by planting a Buckeye, a willow and a River Branch tree between the New River and Dedmon Center.

  5. 10 ways students can help Radford University reach carbon neutrality »


    As Radford University embarks on its quest for carbon neutrality by 2040, it’s imperative that everyone from the campus community chips in. Our communities depend on it. Our world depends on it. Here’s a list of how students can help! 

  6. Worldwide teach-in will focus on climate change, solutions »


    Radford University is joining hundreds of universities, colleges, high schools and faith organizations on March 30 for a one-day worldwide teach-in focused on climate solutions and justice. The event is designed to mobilize members of the campus and surrounding communities toward engaging in critical dialogue about climate issues.