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Campus Environmental Groups and Resources

Students can join and contribute to a variety of groups on campus that can enrich their experience in the Environmental Studies Program.

Sustainability and Environmental Awareness Committee
Newly created Faculty committee that replaces the Environmental Awareness Group.

UR's Office of Sustainability
The University seeks to be a responsible steward of the environment and as such, has launched a series of sustainability initiatives dedicated to educating the campus community about environmental issues and implementing conservation, purchasing, and land management policies that decrease the university's impact on the environment. The Office of Sustainability partners with environmental studies students, who can design projects related to campus sustainability issues.

GreenUR
An environmentally focused student group on campus. To learn about their events and activities, sign up for the listserv or like their Facebook page to learn more and find meeting times.

US Green Building Council (USGBC) Students
University of Richmond is now one of over 60 universities nationwide to have an official USGBC Students group.  The USGBC (US Green Building Council) oversees the process for LEED certification of buildings.  USGBC Students-University of Richmond is a student group that is involved in promoting campus sustainability, touring local green buidlings, networking, and helping students study to sit for the LEED Green Associate Examiniation.

Richmond Outdoor and Recreation Program
The University of Richmond Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (OAR) Program promotes healthy lifestyle choices through outdoor activities. OAR offers a wide variety of subsidized trips to full-time faculty/staff, eligible dependents, and students ranging from white water rafting to skiing.

National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program
National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program helps colleges and universities confront global warming through climate and wildlife-friendly practices that reduce their global footprint. Campus Ecology supports campus members by providing consultation, educational resources, recognizing extraordinary efforts through an awards program and fellowships, and by cultivating long-term leaders on campus and in the community.

University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to make sustainability and environmental literacy a major focus of teaching, research, service, and operations. ULSF is the secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration (1990), which has been signed by over 350 university presidents and chancellors worldwide.

Environmental Initiative of the Associated Colleges of the South

The Associated Colleges of the South Environmental Initiative supports new and existing programs on its member campuses. With funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ACSEI supports Faculty Fellows and student interns, hosts conferences and maintains three inter-institutional alliances. The goal of the Environmental Initiative is to foster environmental course development with special attention to mathematics, social science, humanities, international and technology offerings; to recruit community partners and increase environmental justice and service learning efforts at home and abroad; to create new student teaching assistantships; and to support external student internships that promote environmentalism on the college campus.

Resources Related to Environmental Health
PublicHealth.org maintains a site that provides comprehensive information about careers and resoures on major public health concerns and has developed a library of resources on environmental health.

Contact Us

For more information about the Environmental Studies Program, contact Dr. Peter Smallwood, program coordinator.