Excellence in Sustainability

STARS silver medalian

Lafayette was recognized as a top performer in the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index. The Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing sustainable colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Lafayette was ranked in the top 10 for in the food and dining category and received a silver rating for overall commitment to supporting a sustainable campus.

Sustainability Achievement Award

The Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognized Lafayette for participating in a power purchase agreement to buy renewable energy. The Campus Sustainability Achievement Award honors Lafayette’s partnership with Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, and Dickinson College to purchase renewable energy as a collective. In February 2020, the schools announced that they signed a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement to buy renewable energy generated by a newly constructed 200-plus-acre solar farm in Texas. 

Green Schools List 

The Princeton Review Guide to Green Schools logoThe Princeton Review included Lafayette on it’s “green college” list, which includes 416 environmentally responsible schools.

LEED Platinum Certification

exterior of Rockwell Integrated Sciences CenterIn 2020, Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center received LEED Platinum certification, the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for sustainable, energy-efficient design and construction. Rockwell was designed to reduce energy consumption by 45% below the LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) baseline. Setting a new standard for the campus, it supports Lafayette’s commitment to serve as a regional and national leader in reducing energy consumption.


Campus Sustainability Report: 2019-2021

The COVID Years

Learn how the Office of Sustainability demonstrated strength and resilience and continued to build a healthier, more sustainable campus community

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