Roanoke College conserved 1.4 million gallons of water, nearly 100,000 gallons of gasoline, almost 5,000 gallons of oil, more than 80,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, 700 cubic yards of landfill space, and well over 3,000 mature trees through just one project! This amount of environmental savings through Roanoke’s Lucas Hall project translates to enough gasoline for Americans to drive 700,000 miles, enough energy and space to heat and cool more than 2,300 homes while meeting the municipal waste disposal needs for a community of 5,000 Americans for one year, and even 2.19 million sheets of newspaper! To top it off, the project established Lucas Hall as the first LEED-certified building on campus. The college is also working with an on-campus energy conservation specialist. Aside from green building and energy conservation, Roanoke’s recycling efforts are headlined by its campus initiative RCycles, which provides free use of shared bicycles to the campus community to complement a campus-wide movement to recycle plastics, aluminum, cardboard, and newspaper. Students have a chance to “Party for a purpose” —an event designed to raise environmental awareness, boasting free organic food, art tables with recyclables, and biodegradable products. Roanoke has consistently taken delegations of students to Power Shift, a national youth summit to solve our generation’s energy and climate crises. Roanoke College offers a BS in environmental studies with two possible tracks: environmental science or environment and society. With such huge contributions, you might be surprised to hear that the private Virginian college is made up of only a few thousand students. Yet, what’s expected at Roanoke is to “out-do, out-smart, out-solve,” and its efforts towards sustainability are no exception.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
Available Transportation Alternatives
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.