Sustainability at LVC
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.
At the start of the 2008-2009 academic year, President MacDonald authorized the creation of a new Sustainability Task Force (STF), and they spent years working on initiatives that tackled initiatives of recycling and other ways to improve campus sustainability, 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.