Garnet, White, and GREEN!

Sustainability: Meeting the needs of today without compromising future generations to meet their needs. VES has long believed in the importance of educating students about their environment and has offered environmental science courses since the 1980's. Recently, educating students about the natural world has grown beyond the classroom to permeate into many aspects of everyday life. From helping conserve energy, to serving on the recycle crew, to eating seasonal foods in the dining hall, to packing food for starving children overseas, to volunteering in the local urban greenhouse at Lynchburg Grows, the VES community actively engages in projects which address meeting current future needs.


In the winter of 2010, VES won the regional Chesapeake Bay Green Cup Challenge, an annual competition to reduce energy consumption. The entire school community engaged in this effort by enthusiastically unplugging unnecessary appliances, turning off lights, and turning down thermostats. Each week in February began with an anticipated announcement about the amount of energy conserved.

In the fall of 2009, VES was awarded a community grant from our local Sam's Club to participate in the new curbside recycling service, Recycle Easy. Students in the Advanced Placement Environmental Science class grew the grant by facilitating a T-shirt contest and selling the winning design during their Earth Day event. AP Environmental Science students also traveled to the Chesapeake Bay that fall with assistance from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Meaningful Watershed Education grant . Students learned first hand about the pollution problems facing the Bay and what they can do to help. Students at VES learn by completing real-world projects.

Campus Ecosystem

The VES campus is part of the temperate deciduous forest biome and more specifically lies in the Appalachian oak forest region of this vast biome. Geologically, it is characterized by a system of parallel valleys and ridges. Northern red oaks (Quercus rubra) and white oak (Quercus alba) are two major species of our campus woods. Chestnut oak (Q. prinus) is a third important species at VES. The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was another important dominant in the region until eliminated by a bark fungus in the early 1900's. Sugar maple (Acer sacccharum) is the climax species on some rich soil sites on campus, while American beech (Fagus grandifolia) and tulip-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) dominate the large tracts of forests behind the maintenance facilities.


Clubs help students connect with nature and environmental issues in their free time or for community service.

Recycling Club           Energy Club
Outdoor Club Afternoon Activity        Green Girls Club


Lynchburg Grows          Citizens for a Clean Lynchburg
RecycleEasy Stop Hunger Now
Central Virginia Land Conservancy Randolph College
Randolph College Meriwether-Godsey


Here is a sampling of all the sustainability initiatives going on at VES!

Curbside Recycling with RecycleEasy:

Other Recycling:
Ink Cartridges

Dining Hall:
Meriwether Godsey Services -
Local foods
Recycled napkins
Ugly mug program
Trayless dining
Waste measurement

Water Conservation:
Rain gardens
Rain Barrels

Energy Conservation:
Energy Patrol Community Service Program
Green Cup Challenge

Blue Bird Houses
Stop Hunger Now food packing


Alan Metcalf
Sustainability Coordinator

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