Virginia Wesleyan University has advanced to the top tier Model Level status in the Elizabeth River Project’s River Star Business program. After an annual review of documentation, the River Restoration Advisory Committee unanimously agreed that the University should progress to this top designation. 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. River Star Businesses is one of their signature programs, recognizing organizations that voluntarily reduce pollution and create or conserve wildlife habitat enhancement. To reach Model Level, an organization must move beyond wildlife habitat restoration and pollution reduction and demonstrate that it has become an environmental mentor to others in the community. Thanks to the President’s Environmental Issues Council, and in particular, Professor of Political Science William Gibson. Dr. Gibson has dedicated much of his life to cleaning up the Elizabeth River and has taken the lead on earning this and other notable designations President Miller and Dr. Gibson will represent the University and its environmental accomplishments at the River Star Recognition Luncheon on January 25, 2018.