21 efforts to become more sustainable,” Woodward said. “Energy and water efficiency is more difficult with older buildings, so I am especially proud that we have a LEED Silver residence hall on our historic campus.” The renovation project was made possible thanks to generous alumnae gifts. During the grand reopening of the building in 2015, the College recognized Vita Abundantior Society members Susan Braselton Fant ’84 and her husband, Lester “Ruff” Fant, for their financial and other support throughout the project. Also recognized for their support of the renovation were Emerita Trustee Betty Nichols Street ’66 and her husband, David Street, a former trustee. The renovation of Wright Hall is just one of many recent ways Randolph has worked toward environmental sustainability. In January, President Bateman joined college and university presidents across the nation in signing the President’s Resilience Commitment. The document, organized by the nonprofit Second Nature, pledges that Randolph will develop a plan for climate resiliency. Per the agreement, the College will incorporate a joint campus-community task force and submit an annual review of the College’s progress. In December, he signed an open letter from college and university presidents urging President Donald Trump and Congress to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future. The document, organized by a diverse group of higher education institutions and Second Nature, calls on elected officials to support participation in the Paris Agreement, climate research, and investment in the low-carbon economy. “The Randolph community has taken significant steps to ensure a sustainable future for our campus, and we must do our part in the national and international effort as well,” Bateman said. Sustainable actions are a daily part of life for Wright Hall residents thanks to a recent renovation’s focus on making the building more environmentally friendly.
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