Memberships and Distinctions
Virginia Wesleyan has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally with memberships in and honors by the organizations listed below.
The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges
Virginia Wesleyan University is one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. VWU is consistently featured in the education services company’s Guide to Green Colleges. Created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Center for Green Schools, the guide is an online publication that profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.
Elizabeth River River Star Business
Virginia Wesleyan has been recognized as a River Star business.
Read about the Elizabeth River RiverStar recognition here.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Award
Virginia Wesleyan University is proud of its strong relationship with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation honored Virginia Wesleyan University as the Conservationist of the Year in 2018.
Read more about the award here.
Read about this recognition here.
Intentional Endowments Network
Virginia Wesleyan University maintains a relationship with this network. In a statement by President Miller from March 2020,
“The organization is reshaping institutions and communities while training the future political, business, and scientific leaders who will help solve climate change. We have developed and implemented a comprehensive Climate Action Plan and are proud to be a national leader on this important topic. Our institutional mission embraces social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential parts of an undergraduate curriculum in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. With our commitment to the vitality of this program, we will continue to advance the cause of sustainability and environmental stewardship.”
Click here to learn more about the Intentional Endowments Network.
Charter Signatory of Second Nature's Climate Commitment
In January 2016, Virginia Wesleyan College President Scott D. Miller become a charter signatory of the Climate Commitment, a carbon neutrality and climate resilience initiative created by Boston-based organization Second Nature that sets new standards for climate leadership in higher education. The Climate Commitment joins the Carbon Commitment and Resilience Commitment, together constituting the Climate Leadership Commitments. These newly integrated commitments are partially a result of the rebranding of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a group that President Miller helped initiate in 2006 and to which Virginia Wesleyan University has been a member since 2007. As a Climate Commitment signatory, Virginia Wesleyan joins more than 650 institutions nationwide in what is now called the Climate Leadership Network.
Member of the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. More than 12,000 member organizations and a network of 76 regional chapters are united to advance the USGBC's core purpose of transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
More information on The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Dining Services Designated a Virginia Green Restaurant by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Wesleyan University Dining Services is one of a handful of original Virginia colleges and universities to receive the green restaurant designation. To qualify, restaurants (or dining halls) must minimize the use of disposable food service products, recycle grease, recycle and reduce waste, use water efficiently and conserve energy.
Beech Forest is listed on the Council of Independent Colleges' site for the Historic Campus Architecture Project The Beech Forest, an old-growth hardwood forest which gives a glimpse into past forest conditions in the tidewater region, is important to the history of the College because the land which is now the campus was formerly a farm. Though in the course of the construction of the Campus the beech forest area was reduced, recent construction plans have been modified so as to preserve the large area remaining. It is several acres of mature hardwoods, with a very tall canopy and an undisturbed understory, making it a sustainable ecological system.
Included in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges
Created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Center for Green Schools, the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges is an online publication that profiles institutions of higher education in the United States and in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The annual guide is the only free, comprehensive, updated guide to green colleges.