At Lehigh, engagement takes multiple forms including ongoing campus programs to support continual improvement in sustainability performance and events that raise awareness about particular topics of interest to the campus and the community. Through vibrant sustainability events and programs, the university aims to embrace diverse perspectives and experiences throughout campus and the surrounding community. Between taking the Car Free Day pledge, Earth Day celebrations, participation in a national recycling competition, and hosting renowned sustainability guest speakers, there is always an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to engage with sustainability topics at Lehigh.
At a Glance
We host many ongoing campus programs to support continual improvement in sustainability performance. These program are designed to raise awareness for students, faculty and staff and align Lehigh's sustainability commitment with daily behaviors. We aim to empower students, faculty and staff to champion sustainability and help transform the campus into an university that embodies environmental stewardship, financial prosperity and equity.
Sustainable Office Program
The Sustainable Office Program is a voluntary, self-guided program designed for faculty and staff to take the lead on promoting sustainable practices in the workplace. By taking action in a variety of topic areas, offices can reduce their environmental footprint, be responsible stewards of university resources, and contribute to Lehigh’s sustainability goals and commitments.
Eco-Rep Leadership Program
The Eco-Rep Leadership Program is a peer-to-peer education program focused on training student leaders to embody and promote sustainable living in residential halls and Greek houses. Through fun and educational programs, Eco-Reps foster sustainable behavior among their peers.
Sustainable Living Program
The Sustainable Living Program is a voluntary, self-guided program coordinated by the Eco-Rep Leadership Program. It is designed for students in residence halls and Greek houses to take the lead in making their living spaces and daily routines more sustainable. By taking action in a variety of topic areas, students can reduce their environmental impact, be responsible stewards of the university’s resources, and contribute to Lehigh’s sustainability goals and commitments.
We host and collaborate with other departments, clubs, and organizations on events that raise awareness about particular topics of interest to the campus and the community. Many of our campus events fall into one of several monthly themes:
- September: Food
- October: Water
- November: Energy Conservation
- February and March: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- April: Earth Month
Car Free Day
Car Free Day is a worldwide event in September that encourages alternative methods of transportation. By reducing and eliminating car use faculty, staff, and students can come together as a community to improve their physical fitness, reduce their carbon footprint, enhance mindfulness & creativity, and save money.
Game Day Challenge
Game Day Challenge is a friendly nationwide competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at football games. The goal of Game Day Challenge is to reduce trash generation inside and outside the stadium and increase recycling rates. Game Day Challenge ranks schools based on waste generation, recycling, organics, diversion rate, and greenhouse gas reduction.
Energy Conservation Month
During the month of November, we challenge members of the Lehigh community to be conscious of their energy consumption behaviors, to commit to adopting new energy saving behaviors, and to engage with peers and coworkers on the topic of energy conservation. Energy Conservation Month is designed to reduce university-wide energy consumption leading into the cold dark winter months when lighting and heating is heavily used.
During the months of February and March, we challenge members of the Lehigh community to be conscious of their waste generation. RecycleMania is a national waste diversion and recycling competition against colleges and universities to promote waste reduction activities in campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges and universities report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on which schools recycle the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.
Game Day Basketball
In February, Lehigh competes in Game Day Basketball to promote waste reduction and recycling at a home basketball game. The Office of Sustainability partners with Dining Services, Athletics, Facilities, and ABM to raise awareness about waste reduction and recycling during a home basketball game. Our waste diversion rate from a home basketball game is compared to other college basketball games across the country.
Earth Week and Earth Day Fair
During April, Lehigh celebrates Earth Week by hosting a week of educational and engaging events. Earth Week is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and bounty of our planet, while also embracing our responsibility to curb our environmental impact and protect the earth for future generations. The week culminates in a vibrant, campus Earth Day Fair.