The Radford University Environmental Center (RUEC) was formed in 2004, to create a central place on the Radford campus for research and other activities related to environmental studies, sustainable practices, and teaching and learning in these areas. The Center has been a visible focal point for teaching and learning in sustainability and environmental studies at Radford University. Activities and accomplishments of the RUEC since 2004 include:
- awarded a large grant from the National Science Foundation to research and develop undergraduate learning activities around a constructed stormwater wetland on the R.U. campus (2006);
- hosted a series of national wetlands symposia at Radford University in April of 2006, 2007, and 2008;
- sponsored scholarly lectures on global climate change, biodegradable plastics, mountaintop removal mining, and other subjects related to human-environment interactions (2006-2008);
- co-sponsored the 2007 New River Symposium at R.U.;
- partnered with Appalachian State University and the National Committee for the New River on a National Science Foundation grant proposal on resilience of rural communities to natural hazards; and
- in cooperation with the R.U. Appalachian Regional Studies Center, engaged the Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement regarding potential involvement with the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative.