Sustainability

Due to COVID-19, Office of Sustainability staff are splitting their time between physically working in the office and working remotely. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact sustainability@lehigh.edu or 610-758-3976.
  • Solar Partnership named 2020 AASHE Sustainability Award Winner
    The solar partnership between Lehigh University and Dickinson, Lafayette, and Muhlenberg Colleges has won the AASHE 2020 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award.
  • Lehigh Releases Sustainability Strategic Plan 2030
    The newly-released plan will build on a legacy of integrating financially prudent, just, and verdant practices into the values of Lehigh.
  • Lehigh to Create Climate Action Strategy
    The strategy will provide a roadmap for lessening the university’s impact on the environment.
  • Lehigh begins Climate Action Strategy development process.
  • Lehigh Pledges to Increase Electric Vehicle Purchases
    Lehigh joins Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, an initial group of 11 universities and colleges who pledge to increase total electric vehicle commitments by 225 fleets, to almost 3,800 electric vehicles.
  • Lehigh Achieves Real Food Challenge Goal
    Lehigh has achieved its Real Food Challenge goal by purchasing 20.3 percent of its food from local, organic, fair trade and humane sources in the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Lehigh Receives $15,000 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant
    Lehigh is one of 18 local governments, schools, businesses, and organizations to receive a portion of the $2.1 million grant.
  • Solar Partnership Will Help Lehigh Offset 100% of Electric Emissions
    Lehigh and Lafayette, Muhlenberg and Dickinson colleges join forces for unprecedented renewable energy purchase. It will be the 12th largest higher education renewable energy project, in terms of megawatts, in the country.
  • Sam Bencheghib Runs Across America for Plastic
    Recent Lehigh graduate, Sam Bencheghib, is in the middle of running from New York City to Santa Monica to bring awareness to plastic bottle usage and waste within the world.
  • Nadine Clopton Named Youngest Director of UN NGO/DPI Executive Committee
    Nadine Clopton '19, '20G, a Youth Representative for Caring and Living as Neighbours in Australia, has become the first Youth Representative in history to run for and be elected as a Director on the UN NGO Executive Committee.
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities
    Lehigh's immersive, experiential learning opportunities give students a hands on learning experience outside of the traditional classroom.

Focus Areas

Climate Action

Seeking innovative solutions to address climate change and resiliently adapting to its effects

Educational Experience

Developing and empowering tomorrow’s leaders by integrating sustainability into the university’s educational experience

Campus Operations

Seeking and embracing innovative ways to enhance operational efficiency, save money, and increase the overall well-being of the university and the community

Culture and Engagement

Fostering a “One Lehigh” culture of sustainability that incorporates diverse perspectives and cultivates environmental stewardship through sustainable practices across all levels

Health and Wellness

Promoting improved health and wellness throughout our community with healthy food options, employee wellness programming, and purposeful landscape and building designs

Focused Leadership

Leading the way in becoming a model sustainable campus by seeking and embracing new solutions that support long-term sustainable change

A Word From the President

Lehigh President John Simon

Climate change and its many consequences present a critical threat to the world today. At Lehigh University, we are committed to doing our part to address one of the greatest challenges of our time.

Sustainability efforts at Lehigh are intentional and inventive. The teaching, research and service of the members of our campus community contribute to a deeper understanding of our environment and of our responsibilities to it. The methods with which we manage our daily operations reflect the integration of just, equitable, and economically and environmentally responsible solutions into our internal practices. Campus-community partnerships foster a culture that supports sustainability efforts both here on South Mountain and beyond.

Our university plays an active and important role in the search for solutions to the problems of climate change. I’m confident that together we can build a more sustainable Lehigh—and positively influence the sustainability of our wider world.