We understand sustainability as a place-based effort, requiring attention to the specific environments where we work. To that end, Lafayette students, faculty, and staff are involved in sustainability efforts in local, regional, and global settings.


Campus student sustainability organizations include Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP), Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (SEES), Lafayette Food and Farm Cooperative (LaFFCo), and Take Back The Tap. Collaborative organizations among students, faculty, and administration include the Sustainability Committee, Plant Operations Energy Committee, and the Technology Clinic program.


Located in the Lehigh Valley, within the Delaware River Watershed and tucked into the Appalachian chain, Lafayette is well positioned for environmental study.  Faculty-led projects include working in estuaries, wildlife habitats, and geological research field sites across the region.


Lafayette’s scholars and students seek to understand itself within a global environmental complex. Students in the Study Abroad program, Alternative School Break (ASB), Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP), and Engineers Without Borders (EWBencounter environmental sustainability issues around the world. Faculty members from across disciplines conduct research toward the goals of environmental health and identity on every continent except Antarctica.