Sustainability

From left are: Brian Peacock '12; Laurie Caslake, associate professor and head of biology; Arthur Kney, associate professor and head of civil and environmental engineering, and Annie Mikol '13.

August 5, 2011

Collaborative Research Works to Improve the Water Quality of Wetlands Using Bacteria

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After she graduates from Lafayette, Andrea Mikol ’13 (Wind Gap, Pa.) plans to attend graduate school to study environmental engineering. She has already started compiling an impressive resume by working on an interdisciplinary research project and making a presentation at the American Water Works Association Pennsylvania Section conference. This was the first professional conference Mikol [...]

Cliff Reiter works on his family area at Lafayette's organic garden near Metzgar Fields on Sullivan Trail.

June 24, 2011

A Green Harvest: Students, Faculty, and Staff Spend Summer Working the College’s Organic Garden

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The Lafayette College Organic Garden covers two acres on Sullivan Trail just south of the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex. One acre is a community garden for Lafayette faculty, staff, and families to tend their own plots. The other section is where students work together spring through fall to grow healthy produce without the use of [...]

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June 13, 2011

Brian Peacock ’12 Receives Third National Honor for Environmental Research

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Civil engineering major Brian Peacock ’12 (Haddonfield, N.J.) has recently been awarded a third national-level honor recognizing his work in environmental research. After receiving a 2011 Udall Scholarship and an Environmental Protection Agency-Greater Research Opportunity fellowship, last month Peacock received an Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. The society’s division [...]

An artist's rendering showing the brick walkway which will replace Pardee Drive.

June 3, 2011

A Greener, More Pedestrian-Friendly Campus

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In the next decade, Lafayette’s campus will look and feel much different than it does today, as it realizes several goals outlined in the 2009 Campus Master Plan. New academic buildings, more green space, and a network of tree-lined walkways are all part of the vision for a more environmentally- and pedestrian-friendly campus that reinforces [...]

Students load one of the College's Earth Tub composting units

April 21, 2011

Lafayette Team Presents Food Loop Project at National Sustainable Design Expo

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A team of students and professors presented the College’s food loop project at the seventh annual National Sustainable Design Expo held in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Earth Day celebration last weekend in Washington, D.C. Better known as the EPA: People, Prosperity, and the Planet award competition, Lafayette’s team was invited after going [...]

Solar panels at Metzgar Fields

December 17, 2010

Students Lead the Way in Creating a Sustainable College Community

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Every day is Earth Day at Lafayette as a growing number of students are taking an active role in making the campus a greener place to live and learn. Through student-faculty research and projects and involvement in numerous campus organizations, students have been the drivers behind many efforts that helped the College climb from a [...]

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December 3, 2010

Students Strive to Live Greener Lives as Part of the TREEhouse

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Believe it or not, 18 Lafayette students live together in a treehouse right here on campus. Well—not quite. But they are residents of the TREEhouse special living group on the third and fourth floors of Keefe Hall, where they have committed to live in a low-impact, environmentally conscious culture. TREEhouse (“TREE” is an acronym for [...]

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November 19, 2010

Lafayette Honored by Delaware Valley Green Building Council for Campus Sustainability Efforts

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The Lehigh Valley Branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) has honored Lafayette for its contributions to sustainability and green design. The College received the Green Campus award at the council’s gala earlier this month. DVGBC is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to transform the Delaware Valley through sustainable and environmentally [...]

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November 1, 2010

Lafayette’s Dramatic Strides in Sustainability Earn Jump in Green Report Card

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Lafayette College received a B from the Sustainable Endowments Institute in its annual Green Report Card, an assessment of sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices launched in 2007. The report for 2011 was released Oct. 27 via the Green Report card web site. The College has made dramatic progress in just three years, rising [...]

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June 9, 2010

Turning Food Scraps into Compost

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Jennifer Bell ’11 (Purcellville, Va.) is crouched near a row of bell peppers at Lafayette’s student-run garden in Metzgar Fields, pulling thin weeds from the soft dirt. A few rows back her mother, wearing a straw hat to deflect the midday sun, waters a plot of potatoes. “She came to visit me and I put [...]