Science on Display at Virginia Wesleyan College

Science on Display at Virginia Wesleyan 

Greer Environmental Sciences Center to Transform Campus and Foster Community Collaboration 

In January of 2016, Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) broke ground on the Greer Environmental Sciences Center, a nearly 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the art natural sciences facility that will not only change the landscape of the College but dramatically enrich the experience of students and the community. 

Scheduled for completion by fall 2017, the Greer Environmental Sciences Center is named in honor of retired VWC President William T. “Billy” Greer and his long-standing advocacy for a thriving science program and commitment to environmental sustainability during his 23-year tenure at Virginia Wesleyan, Coastal Virginia's premier private, national liberal arts college. 

The building will be prominently located at the south end of the College academic lawn and will complete the College’s main quadrangle. In addition to honoring President Greer’s legacy, the building will serve as the cornerstone of the College’s growing environmental sciences programs. The Greer Environmental Sciences Center’s spatial and visual connections will help create an inspiring sense of place on the VWC campus. 

Through its location and landscaping, the building will connect students in powerful ways to their local ecological community while providing unprecedented opportunities for fostering regional collaboration with organizations such as the Virginia Aquarium and the Virginia Institute for Marine Science. 

Organized thematically around the earth’s four spheres – atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere – the Greer Environmental Sciences Center will feature sophisticated indoor and outdoor learning spaces that embody “science on display” and promote hands-on experiences, interactive learning and interdisciplinary research. 

The facility will include four large teaching laboratories related to the spheres: Ecology and Marine Biology Lab, Earth Science Lab, Atmosphere/Oceanography/Hydrology Lab, and Analytical Chemistry Lab with instrumentation. In addition, the facility will feature dedicated research labs such as a Chesapeake Bay Fish Lab, Mercury Analysis Lab, Nutrient Analysis Lab, and Geology and Hydrology Lab. 

Learn more about the Greer Environmental Sciences Center at Virginia Wesleyan College: www.vwc.edu/GESC.

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27 Feb 2017


By Leona Baker
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