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.

Administrative Committees

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At the Lafayette Organic Garden stand in front of Gilbert’s Cafe Annie Mikol ’13, right, talks with Mary Wilford-Hunt, director of facilities planning and construction.

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.

Student organizations

The College hosts a diverse range of student organizations committed to sustainability, both on and off-campus.

  • Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) spearheads a number of events, such as Earth Month during April, and educates the campus community about reducing its impact on the environment through issues such as food waste, recycling, and energy usage.
  • The Lafayette Food and Farm Cooperative (LAFFCO) is a student organization that works to increase involvement and knowledge of our food and agricultural system. It also serves as the student branch of LaFarm.
  • Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (SEES) focuses on advancing knowledge within the environmental field through research projects that range from composting techniques to methods of improving water quality. They also spread knowledge to K-12 children in the community through regular activities with local schools and a STEM Camp on campus during the summer.
  • The Landis Community Outreach Center is developing programs that relate to sustainability. The West Ward Neighborhood Partnership Program provides assistance to the many community gardens located throughout low-income areas of Easton to increase the community’s access to fresh, local produce. Another program coordinates with local organizations, such as the Nurture Nature Center and the Easton Farmers Market, which require weekly volunteers for their efforts and services to the Easton community.
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB) apply their education from campus resources in countries around the world to assist in building or improving water systems in multiple communities. A recent project team, for example, worked in Honduras.

Faculty

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Geology Professor Dru Germanoski goes over a flume experiments with Alexandria Brannick ’12 (center) and Maricate Conlon ’11 (right) in Van Wickle Hall on Monday, December 13th.

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.