Many of Greater Richmond’s corporate citizens have agricultural or tree-reliant business models that have created or adapted to sustainable product lines. Several regional and corporate headquarters have adopted LEED building certifications including CarMax, Costar, Sabra Dipping and McKesson-Medical Surgical.
Greater Richmond is also home to companies that utilize innovative solutions for sustainable products. Teravive and Temperpack have revolutionized their products using plant-based plastics and sustainable packaging, respectively. Packaging companies such as WestRock and Cascades are leveraging recycled substrate for their products.
One of the largest universities in the state, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), teamed with a community-engaged research project to plant 70 trees along its urban campus in downtown Richmond. The trees will offset VCU’s carbon footprint — representing one piece of the university’s commitment to environmental stewardship. The university’s ultimate goal is reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
Across town at the University of Richmond (UR), the private university built a 20-megawatt solar energy facility — making it the first college or university in the Southeast — to match 100 percent of its electricity needs with solar energy. University of Richmond has landed on the Princeton Review’s annual Guide to Green Colleges year-after-year.