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The University of Richmond (UR) 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 benefits, challenges, 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 UR's 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. Riverfront UR would provide a center for innovative pedagogy and applied research, while using community outreach to promote the University's brand both locally and globally as an integral part of a sustainable river city.

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American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, April 13, 2018


New Orleans, LA


Environmental Studies | Geographic Information Sciences | Geography | Physical and Environmental Geography

Riverfront UR: Environmental Stewardship on the James River Floodplain


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