Virginia Wesleyan University debuted its new Greer Environmental Sciences Center on Sept. 7 with a ribbon cutting ceremony coinciding with the university’s environmentally themed Founders Day.
“This magnificent facility devoted to the preservation of our natural environment has been more than three years in the making,” shared Virginia Wesleyan President Scott D. Miller. Demonstrating the university’s commitment to sustainability, Miller added, “The Greer Environmental Sciences Center is a state-of-the-art, second-to-none contribution to teaching and research in environmental sciences, and it is national niche for this University.”
Left to Right: Former Virginia Wesleyan President William T. “Billy” Greer, Jr., Mayor of the City of Virginia Beach William D. Sessoms Jr. and Virginia Wesleyan University President Scott D. Miller.
Construction for Greer Environmental Sciences Center was finalized in July. The 44,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility features a themed design around the earth’s four spheres, with 145,000 square feet of teaching gardens and learning spaces with “science on display” for interactive learning and interdisciplinary research. The building will also facilitate opportunities for students to collaborate with regional organizations such as the Virginia Aquarium and the Virginia Institute for Marine Science (VIMS).