Our campus works hard to foster a sustainable and healthy environment for all Spiders — whether that means environmentally friendly practices or programs to help students thrive. And our hard work is being recognized.

Recently, the national Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s 2017 Sustainable Campus Index ranked Richmond in the top five performers in the area of diversity and affordability. For AASHE, sustainability is about more than “going green” — it’s about the overall health and well-being of a campus.

Richmond earned high marks for our programs supporting low-income and non-traditional students and students from underrepresented groups. The report specifically notes programs like Spider Firsts, which provides community building and academic support to first-generation students, and Safe Zone, which provides ongoing training and networking to support the LGBTQ community.

“Through our recent strategic planning process, we identified access and affordability, thriving and inclusive community, and stewardship in a changing world as three of five pillars that support the mission of the University,” said Rob Andrejewski, director of sustainability. “Recognition as a top performer in diversity and affordability signals success in combining our strengths to create a culture where everyone feels valued and respected.”

We’re proud to be an institution that values the stewardship of our resources and strives to be a leader in sustainable practices. 

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