The History of Sustainability Planning 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 finalized the Sustainability Task Force 2008-09 Summary Report in May 2009.
The Sustainability Task Force continued its work over the course of the next two academic years and completed the Sustainability Task Force 2009-2010/2010-2011 Summary Report in September of 2011. (See Summary of Recommended Action Items from both reports below.)
In March of 2012, to reinforce the College's long-term responsibility to planning for and commitment to sustainability, the Sustainability Task Force was transformed into the Sustainability Advisory Committee, a special purpose committee of the College.
Summary of Recommended Action Items
- Continue analysis work on President's Climate Commitment.
- Complete the College's Carbon Inventory.
The Sustainability Task Force should continue and enhance current programs which reduce the College’s carbon footprint. These would include but are not limited to improvements to:
- the recycling program
- the monitoring of buildings and green building techniques
- energy usage
Mission and Planning
LVC should consider incorporating sustainability into the stated mission of the College as well as the development of a formal document indicating the long-term future initiatives (which would use the carbon inventory and action plan), including a target reduction in carbon and action plan to achieve the target carbon reduction.
Education and Curriculum
LVC should develop a document that describes the institution’s current educational offerings (curricular and extra-curricular) related to climate change and sustainability and develop planned actions to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students.
LVC should continue to provide information to local municipalities about climate change in Pennsylvania, continue to assist local organizations with sustainability efforts, continue and enhance LVC service days for sustainability initiatives, and consider collaborating with Annville-Cleona communities on recycling and other sustainability initiatives.