L. Preston Bryant Jr., Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia
and a 1986 alumnus of Randolph-Macon College, spoke recently to R-MC students about
the “greening” of our campus.
Bryant addressed the importance of campus “greening”—preserving the Earth for future
generations by making the environment cleaner—and shared his insights with First-Year
Experience students enrolled in “Gauging Randolph-Macon's Ecological Footprint:
Steps toward Environmental Sustainability.” The course, taught by Professor Brian
Moores, Ph.D. (Chemistry) and Professor Reber Dunkel, Ph.D. (Sociology), offers
students the opportunity to explore their individual and collective “footprints”—the
environmental impact of human activities on natural ecological systems—as they relate
to R-MC’s campus. Throughout the year-long course, students will investigate the
sources of the R-MC eco-footprint and develop a plan to reduce it, thereby assisting
the college in developing a campus-wide environmental management system.
Secretary Bryant provided examples of academic institutions in Virginia that are
implementing conservation measures and lauded Randolph-Macon College for continuing
to pursue “green” initiatives on our campus.
For over a decade, R-MC has implemented energy conservation measures such as replacing
windows with insulated glass, installing motion sensors in dormitory restrooms,
reducing water consumption by using low flow shower heads and recycling toner and
inkjet cartridges, aluminum cans and paper. The college has also been converting
from fuel oil to natural and propane gas to reduce emissions.
Bryant served in the Virginia House of Delegates for 10 years, where he sponsored
landmark legislation to help preserve more than one million acres of non-tidal wetlands
and streamline the state’s stormwater management programs. He currently serves as
chair of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s Commission on Climate Change.
In 2007, Bryant served as the keynote speaker at R-MC’s Commencement.