RVCC was the first community college in the nation to sign an environmental stewardship agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The College pledged to reduce its negative impacts on the environment, to raise awareness within its academic community and the surrounding community, and to serve as a model for sustainable, environmentally friendly practices.
RVCC’s partnership with the EPA has resulted in reducing energy, water, and solid waste production across campus operations. The EPA has estimated that the College reduced its carbon footprint by the equivalent of 22,579 metric tons in the first five years following the signing of the memorandum in 2009. The College accomplishes its environmental stewardship goals through a variety of on-campus initiatives that range from solar power to electric-car charging stations to organic lawn management, all of which are detailed in the Campus Sustainability Projects section below.

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