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Randolph College Receives VFIC Sustainability Grant

Award will allow College to purchase recycling center

2/7/2011 10:35:57 AM


LYNCHBURG—The Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC) has awarded Randolph College a 2011 Sustainability Award.

The $1,150 grant will allow the College to purchase a recycling center for use in the Student Center as well as specialized lids for the institution’s current recycling bins. Once renovation of the Student Center begins, the center will be moved to another central location.

“Contamination--putting the wrong item into a recycle bin--is the biggest obstacle to successful recycling on campus,” said Karin Warren, The Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies. “The VFIC grant will help us improve our campus recycling program by funding a new combination bin in one of our heavily-used areas, as well as specialized lids for bins around campus. Both improvements should make it easier for everyone to recycle effectively.”

Randolph College has had a campus-wide recycling program in place since 2002. The Sustainability Council purchased and maintains collection bins for paper, plastic bottles, and cans around the campus. Other items are also collected and recycled in a centralized location, such as batteries, ink cartridges, and electronics. The program has enabled the college to save money through reduced trash hauling fees, is an important component of the profile as a campus committed to sustainability, and has reduced carbon emissions through better waste management, which promotes the Climate Action Plan.

Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit fund-raising and programmatic consortium supporting the programs and students of 15 leading private colleges in the Commonwealth: Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Marymount University, Randolph College, Randolph- Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan College and Washington and Lee University. For additional information on the VFIC, visit

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations


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