LC’s Path to Sustainability

Lynchburg College continues its green practices and prepares to launch a green partnership.

By: Alexa Nash
March 16, 2016

Concerns about the legitimacy of sustainability programs at Lynchburg College have surfaced among students about recycling, composting and other green efforts.

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Recycle and trash receptacles located on the third floor of the Drysdale Student Center March 17. Photo by Alexa Nash.

Rumors that LC no longer recycled were squashed by Curtis Lyne, director of campus grounds.

“Grounds is responsible for the recycling of solid goods, and last year we recycled 228.92 tons,” Layne said. Landfill waste was 692.52 tons.

Recycled Waste in 2015

-Yard waste      -Cardboard      -Housing waste    -Paper   -Metal     -Construction waste

-Used oils        -Electronic waste      -Plastic           -Batteries    -Glass  -Metal

LC’s environmental initiatives caught the attention of Kendall Topping, a senior French major with an Environmental Science minor and International Relations minor. After an independent study under Environmental Science professor Dr. Laura Henry-Stone, Topping became familiar with the lack of composting and related sustainability practices on campus. This knowledge led to Topping’s choice of composting as the topic of a project.


“We lack some of the funds and interest, and those are the number one things we need,” Topping said.

Layne agreed, and stated that LC did have composting and a small garden on McCausland Street on the campus’s Southside for about three years when there was a group of students who were passionate about it.

“What it boils down to is we have students take on certain responsibilities,” he said. It then takes a group to create a legacy with underclassman especially to keep initiatives such as composting going, Layne added.

Change is in the near future as far as the future of LC’s environmental status, said Dr. Thomas Shahady, professor of environmental studies. Since College Lake will be phased out, he said, water quality will be the new focus for LC and the City of Lynchburg.

[Read More: City of Lynchburg Drinking Water Report]

“We want to transition in a lot of water quality work that we can do throughout the city and get students involved,” Shahady said. Construction on the Blackwater Creek Trail extension and community garden site should begin by April or May, he said, and the area will serve multiple purposes upon completion.

“We’re trying to bring all of that into the Blackwater Creek Trail with the public for recreation, education and research for the City,” Shahady said. The entire plan will go in front of the Board of Trustees during its meeting in May.

Contributors: Charlotte Galamb and Jasmyn West

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LC’s Path to Sustainability

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