Sustainability at LVC
At the start of the 2008-2009 academic year, President MacDonald authorized the creation of a new Sustainability Task Force (STF) and charged the group with investigating the following issues and providing responses by the end of the 2008-09 academic year:
- What is the College doing now to use energy resources efficiently and wisely? What more could it do in the short run (over the next two years) to use its resources better? Are there long range solutions that the College should begin to consider?
- What conservation and environmental initiatives are currently being undertaken by students and faculty and other campus groups that we need to publicize and (perhaps) coordinate? Are there additional initiatives that we might begin (such as recycling)? How are we to determine the costs of such initiatives?
- Do opportunities exist for collaboration in environmental projects with other institutions (other colleges and schools) or other parties in Annville?
- Should LVC commit itself to the President’s Climate Commitment, a national initiative to which more than 500 colleges and universities have signed on?
The Sustainability Task Force spent years working on initiatives that tackled these issues, drafting up annual reports of its progress.
In March 2012, to reinforce the College's long-term responsibility to plan for and commit to sustainability, the Sustainability Task Force was transformed into the Sustainability Advisory Committee, a special purpose committee of the College. And since then, the committee has grown and has made great strides in campus sustainability, helping the College transition to 100% renewable energy, implementing a recycling program, and more.
Today, campus initiatives include campus-wide recycling, E.A.T. Initiative, Dining Services efforts, various student projects, and work through the College's Environmental Club, as well as new initiatives surrounding the recently signed President's Climate Commitment, pledging the College to go carbon neutral in the future.
As a learning institution, Lebanon Valley College embraces the goal of environmental sustainability and commits itself to efforts that will ensure sustainability for our local and global community. To this end, the College, with the direct support of the Sustainability Advisory Committee, will work to:
- Facilitate the establishment of academic courses and other curricular and co-curricular programs related to environmental sustainability.
- Offer advice and have a seat at the table regarding the planning and implementation of environmentally sustainable practices in our facilities, operations, and capital projects, and in the campus master planning process.
- Work to raise the environmental and sustainability awareness of all members of the campus community through curriculum, programs, special events and initiatives, and through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information on the College's energy and resource use and overall carbon footprint.
- Foster environmental stewardship and encourage responsible consumption.