The core mission of Lafayette College is the education of its students. In order for the College to accomplish its mission, it must meet the needs of the present and assure that future generations will be able to meet their needs. It requires sustainability in order to educate generation after generation of students. The Lafayette College Sustainability Committee seeks to enhance the core mission while expanding to the campus community and beyond. We wish to help ourselves, and all with whom we come in contact, to become more educated regarding the choices that that will enable us to become better stewards of our planet.

Meet the Committee
The committee is currently composed of faculty, students, and administration members:

Dru Germanoski, Professor/Department Head, Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Arthur Kney, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Megan Rothenberger, Associate Professor, Biology
David Sunderlin, Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Engineering
Javad Tavakoli, Professor, Chemical Engineering

Emily Clark, SEES

Andrew Goldberg, LEAP
Rachel Griffiths, LEAP President
Janka Lovering, LEAP
Brian Peacock, SEES President
Julia Seidenstein, LEAP
Austin Weidner, SEES

Mary Wilford-Hunt, Director, Facilities Planning & Construction

George Xiques, Manager of Sustainability & Environmental Planning
Joseph Binotto, General Manager, Dining Services
Jennifer Bell, Geology/Lafayette College Organic Garden
Rosemary Huggan, Committee Secretary

Goals of Committee
To provide an advisory function to the College’s cabinet and with such advice, to assist in the prioritization of the potential green initiatives and on College sustainability matters generally.

Review:  Request, receive and then review all campus sustainability initiatives, analyze them for overall effectiveness and practicality and then seek to prioritize the submitted projects or initiatives for either: a) funding by the committee through its own annual budget, or 2) as an additional request to the cabinet for supplemental consideration, if any.

Communicate:  Become an additional leading voice, in partnership with LEAP and other campus organizations, in the cause of advocacy for enhanced sustainability. Additionally, the committee will endeavor to enhance the communication between those implementing and advancing the many sustainability successes on campus to the College community in all of its varied forms and mechanisms.

President’s Climate Commitment:  Ensure the committee’s goals are consistent with this commitment and let it serve as a benchmark for the committee’s long and short term goals.

Meeting Dates
The committee has regularly scheduled monthly meetings and welcomes attendance by other interested parties.  Meetings take place between 12:15 – 1:15 pm and have been scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (cancelled)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

If you wish to make a presentation to the Sustainability Committee, please contact the Committee at:  Please fill out the Campus Sustainability Project Idea form.

Archived Meeting Minutes (PDF)
April 17, 2012