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The University of Richmond sits less than a mile from the most ecologically and historically important river in Virginia yet many students have never even set foot in the James. This poster analyzes the accessibility, cost, and potential outcomes of a University of Richmond-owned Riverfront property on the James River. Such a property promises to engage all five goals of the strategic plan by 1) creating innovative paths to academic excellence, 2) providing an open-air outreach space to recruit academically talented students, 3) increasing the diversity of high impact practices on campus, 4) creating new opportunities for enhancing alumni engagement, and 5) inspiring environmental, financial, and social stewardship through an intentional enduring bond with Virginia’s most important body of fresh running water.
The University’s proximity to the James River provides an opportunity to invest in the engaged education of the student body while also purchasing property that will only go up in value over time. Riverfront UR would be a center for forward thinking pedagogy while promoting the University’s brand both locally and globally as an integral part of a sustainable river city.
Environmental Studies | Geographic Information Sciences | Geography | Physical and Environmental Geography
Bal, Harleen, Ellen Brooks, Ethan Boroughs, Olivia Folger, Kidest Gebre, Savannah Kelly, Alexis Szepesy, Conor Tenbus, and Rena Xiao. "Riverfront UR: Peer Institutions and Natural Areas used for Research and Recreation." GEOG 345: Society, Economy, Nature: Global Perspectives on Sustainable Development , Richmond, Virginia. Fall 2017.