About VWU

Sustainability

The grass is greener at VWU

The Virginia Wesleyan University community is dedicated to a greener campus and a greener world. The ongoing sustainability efforts of the University's faculty, staff and students reflect a larger commitment to ethical conduct and social responsibility through environmental stewardship and education.

Virginia Wesleyan has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for its sustainability practices. Most recently, VWU was selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review's Guide to 375 Green Colleges.

Come see for yourself

Wesleyan's beautiful 300-acre park-like campus is an oasis of trees, open fields and flowers that also happens to be a designated bird sanctuary and the home of an old-growth beech forest. You can find bat and bluebird houses, beekeeping boxes and even an eco-friendly worm farm on the University grounds.

The 44,000-sq.-ft. Greer Environmental Sciences Center (GESC) provides unprecedented opportunities for students and fosters regional collaboration with organizations such as the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. The Center features sophisticated indoor and outdoor learning spaces that promote hands-on experiences, interactive learning, and interdisciplinary research.

The GESC achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for compliance within a rigorous rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) by providing measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in energy efficiency, material choice, water efficiency and savings, and site enhancement. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

In addition, VWU was honored as a Conservationist of the Year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at the 2018 DC on a Half Shell event in Washington, D.C. VWU, along with Washington College, was recognized for leadership and commitment to educating the next generation of Chesapeake Bay leaders.

Virginia Wesleyan University has also advanced to the top tier Model Level status in the Elizabeth River Project's River Star Business program. The Elizabeth River Project is an independent non-profit that works with partner organizations to restore the Elizabeth River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia Wesleyan is committed to waste-reduction, recycling, energy efficiency, green building practices, composting and other earth-friendly landscaping practices, promotion of public transportation and much more. Many faculty/student research projects integrate learning and community service for the betterment of the planet.