Each spring, Lafayette College participates in Campus Race to Zero Waste, a national competition to reduce waste and increase recycling on college campuses. In 2024, the 8-week challenge runs from January 28-March 23.

Do your part by practicing waste minimization strategies and recycling/composting properly on campus (we hope you’ll do this all year long!):

Waste Minimization
  • Use a reusable water bottle at the refill stations around campus instead of plastic bottled water
  • Take food to go from Upper or Marquis through the Reusable Clamshell Program
  • Bring your own mug to Eco Cafe, Skillman, Gilberts, Wawa and Mojo
  • Bring your own reusable cutlery, straw, and tote bag when you go out
  • Buy in bulk rather than singular, individually packaged items
  • Shop at the Campus Thrift Store rather than buying items new
Recycling & Composting
  • Get Sustainable Living Certified to learn about more actions you can do on a daily basis (and get prizes!)
  • Earn punches in your Sustainable Punchcard for actions you do across campus and for attending sustainability events!
  • Meet your Eco Rep on your hall and reach out with any questions you might have. Learn more about Eco Reps here!
  • Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in events on campus focused on waste and recycling, such as Game Day Basketball, the Campus Thrift Store, and more! See details below.

View the full calendar of events here!

Used Book Sale

Fri. Jan 19-Sat. Feb 3rd, 11am-4pm, College Store

Thrift Store Opening Day

Weds. Jan 31st, 4-6pm, Pardee Room 25

For Here Cups Launch at Eco Cafe

Eco Cafe, Date TBD

Sustainability Community Meetings

Tues. Feb 6 & March 5, 12:15pm, RISC 362

Game Day Basketball Challenge

February 7, 7pm vs. Holy Cross, Kirby Sport Center

Energy Panel

February 15, 7-8:30pm, location TBD

Upcycle Workshop with Notch & Notion

Weds. Feb 28, 7pm, Dyer Center

Sustainable Punchcard Program

All Semester Long, Across Campus