Sustainability

Cultures of Nature

October 23, 2012

Interdisciplinary Course Allows Students to Look at Nature from Multiple Perspectives

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Sandy Ma ’13 (Nanjing, China) admits to being a little surprised when, for homework, she had to read about policy studies, poetry, and environmental data—all for the same class. But such is the nature of Cultures of Nature, an interdisciplinary course offered through the American studies program. Taught this semester by [...]

Rijan Maharjan ’14 and Julia Nicodemus, assistant professor of engineering studies

September 18, 2012

Rijan Maharjan ’14 Works with Prof. Julia Nicodemus to Explore Solar Energy’s Role in Fuel Production

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Ask Rijan Maharjan ’14 why he chose to major in mechanical engineering, and he will tell you, quite simply, “I like to do stuff.  Real stuff.” Maharjan (Kathmandu, Nepal) is all about keeping it practical.  This made him a good fit for his work this summer under the guidance of Julia Nicodemus, assistant professor of [...]

Mary Wilford-Hunt, Nicolas Olivares '13, Michael Gadigian '13, and Gabriela Lachapel '™12 pose with their second-place project.

May 31, 2012

Lafayette Takes Second in Sustainable Design Competition

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A team of Lafayette students placed second in the 2012 Sustainable Design Competition sponsored by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), successfully competing against teams from graduate school programs. Developing the design for a community recreation center were Gabriela Lachapel ’12, who graduated with an A.B. with majors in engineering studies and economics; Katie Reinhardt [...]

Aaditya Khanal '12 extracts some algae for an experiment.

March 19, 2012

Renewable Energy: Students Work to Find Cleaner Sources of Fuel

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“Being a chemical engineer, I’m increasingly aware of the need to find renewable alternate sources of energy, not only because fossil fuels will eventually run out, but mainly because they have a destructive impact on the environment,” says Sherry-Ann Tim Kee ’12 (Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago). “The onus is on the current generation to find [...]

Danielle Sobol ’12 takes water samples from Raritan Bay in New Jersey.

August 31, 2011

Environmental Scientists: Mellon Scholars Program Provides Students with Hands-on Experiences Locally and Abroad

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There are worse places to spend the summer break than on a Caribbean island. Brooke Kohler ’13 and Jephord English ’12 spent part of their summer on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but they weren’t there to lounge on the beaches. Kohler and English are part of Lafayette’s interdisciplinary Summer Mellon Scholars program, [...]

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 [...]

Brian Peacock '12

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 [...]