A number of committees, organizations, and individuals pursue and build the College's sustainability initiatives. These include faculty from a wide swath of academic departments and programs, formally appointed administrative committees, volunteer organizations, and student clubs.
The Sustainability Committee led by Mary Wilford-Hunt is the core group dedicated to advancing campus initiatives. It is comprised of student leaders, faculty, and administrators. The committee meets every month to advise decision makers, discuss progress in campus sustainability initiatives, and facilitate communication and collaboration among groups committed to environmental protection and sustainable growth and development. The committee enables the implementation of large-scale, campus-wide projects involving student organizations, the administration, Plant Operations, LaFarm, and Dining Services.
In accordance with the President’s Climate Commitment, the Plant Operations Energy Committee, comprised of administrators and staff in Plant Operations, works to minimize the college’s water and carbon footprint. Recently, this committee published a comprehensive Energy Policy designed to outline the steps needed to reach the college’s energy saving goals.
The College hosts a diverse range of student organizations committed to sustainability, both on and off-campus.
In addition to the wide range of work across campus, the core academic units for sustainability studies at Lafayette College are the programs in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. Indicative of the College’s growing commitment to environmental stewardship and citizenship, the program in Environmental Studies was founded in 2012 with the first major degrees forthcoming in 2015. The Program in Environmental Science began accepting majors in 2014. Several other majors consistently offer a number of sustainability oriented courses, including but not limited to Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geology, Economics, Engineering Studies, and English.
The most comprehensive list of faculty members associated with sustainability at Lafayette resides on the faculty page for the Program in Environmental Studies. Students interested in the many sustainability oriented courses offered each semester can consult first with Environmental Studies program officers and, second, with their home departments.