Virginia Wesleyan College has been designated a River Star Business, Achievement Level, by the Elizabeth River Project, an independent non-profit working along with its partner organizations to restore the Elizabeth River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. River Star Businesses is one of the Elizabeth River Project’s signature programs, recognizing organizations that voluntarily reduce pollution and create or conserve wildlife habitat enhancement. The River Restoration Advisory Committee, comprised of River Star peers and technical experts, reviews River Star documentation every fall for entry and advancement in the program. The two-star Achievement Level recognition is attained when a River Star documents significant achievements in both pollution prevention and wildlife habitat enhancement. Achievements must be clearly quantified and achieved with meaningful employee involvement and be significant relative to the size and nature of the organization. In their review, the committee noted Virginia Wesleyan’s energy efficiency, green roof, storm water management, solar panels, wildlife habitat enhancement, old growth beech forest, bird sanctuary, beekeeping, composting, arboretum and native plant pallet among other initiatives. River Star accomplishments will be celebrated at the Elizabeth River Project’s annual River Star Recognition Luncheon on January 26, 2017, at The Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel. Learn more about the Elizabeth River Project.