Climate Action Plan
An initiative to develop a Climate Action Plan for LVC began in earnest in fall 2017, in response to President Thayne signing the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment on behalf of Lebanon Valley College. A Climate Action Plan (CAP) subcommittee of the ESAC was formed and charged with developing the plan. After a year of work, the CAP Committee has developed a final draft of the plan, which has been endorsed by the faculty and student government. The plan now awaits approval by senior administrators and the LVC Board of Trustees, targeting official adoption by winter 2019.
Eating well and living well go hand-in-hand. That's why Metz pledges to do our part to be good stewards of the earth's natural resources. Our sustainable efforts meet our customers' needs today, while protecting our environment for future generations. We are committed to working closely with our partners at LVC and our vendors in executing environmentally responsible initiatives and programs.
E.A.T. (Engage, Analyze, Transform) is a student-centered research group sponsored by the President’s Innovation Fund. The interdisciplinary research undertaken by E.A.T. has two goals: to improve the dining experience for students, and to dissolve the boundaries between the dining and academic spaces on campus. Specifically, E.A.T. will use data-driven research to assess and promote the goals of ethical reasoning, understanding of diversity, and environmental stewardship.
Thus, sustainability is one of our core objectives and is central to two of our current projects:
- Experience More / Waste Less is the project directed by Ashley Smith '15. The ultimate goals of this research project include: encouraging students to be more mindful about wasting food; informing students of the short-term & long-term consequences of unsustainable eating habits; and getting students to develop more sustainable eating habits in the long run (altering students' intrinsic motivations). For more information about the project and to view the data from Fall '13, visit: http://www2.lvc.edu/eat/current-projects/experience-more-eat-less/
- "Environmental Ethics" is a course taught by Dr. Robert Valgenti during spring semester 2014. The eight students in the class will develop a sustainability project connected to the E.A.T. initiative and designed to impact sustainability practices in the dining hall.
To learn about all of the E.A.T. initiatives and to follow the E.A.T. blog, please visit: http://www2.lvc.edu/eat
Food Waste Partnership
The Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) partners with Metz to collect data on food waste in the college dining hall. From this data, the committee creates meaningful and accessible statistics to inform students of how much food and money is wasted each semester. The goal of these studies is not only to inform students of how much is being food is being wasted, but also to encourage more sustainable eating habits.
Native Plant Garden
Landscaped plants provide distinct ecological and economic benefits on campus. Since native plant species are better adapted to local conditions than their nonnative counterparts, they reduce soil erosion, require less fertilizer and pesticide use, and once established, are often more cost effective and require less maintenance. This sustainability initiative seeks to create and maintain a campus native plant garden not only to enrich the campus aesthetic appeal, but also to serve as a living laboratory for student research regarding the benefits of native plants, and to promote educational opportunities within the classroom and greater college community.
The Sustainability House is an on campus special interest housing opportunity that gives students the chance to live in a community where they may learn about how to live in a sustainable way. They will be asked to adopt various practices while living in the house, such as reducing energy and water use, and recycling. The students will also host programs and develop initiatives aimed to educate other students, faculty, and community members.
Yard Sale/Clothing Exchange (Upcycling)
The community-wide yard sale and the clothing swap is a way for students to practice re-using clothing and other items. This gives students the opportunity to sell and donate their clothing and other items on campus and see what other students have to offer. This cuts down on consumption costs (fiscal and physical) which helps to better the environment.