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Lehigh Environmental Advisory Group

Introduction

The Lehigh Environmental Advisory Group (LEAG) has made good progress in improving Lehigh’s environmental impact through education, good business practices, and operations. LEAG members play a critical role in promoting sustainability on campus. This includes:

  • - Gathering input from the campus community about important institutional environmental initiatives

  • - Evaluating initiatives for implementation

  • - Articulating Lehigh’s Sustainability commitments

  • - Taking advantage of Lehigh’s academic programs and the engagement of students

  • - Providing advice to the President and senior leadership on priorities for initiatives to undertake with expected timeframe and anticipated impact

In order to continue on an upward trend in sustainability achievements, Lehigh has updated its 2012 sustainability plan to the Campus Sustainability Plan 2020. LEAG will play an important role in implementing this plan by leveraging its subcommittees and programs to ensure cross-collaboration among all campus groups. You can read more about the Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 here.

Thanks for your interest in LEAG. We look forward to continuing our work with the campus community.

Mark Ironside & Delicia Nahman

LEAG Co-chairs

Mission

Foster campus-wide engagement on environmental stewardship matters, advise the President and senior leadership, coordinate activities with the Office of Sustainability in an effort to advance Lehigh’s sustainability goals, and set priorities for change that will have the largest impact and provide meaningful results.

Goals

  • - Achieve the campus climate commitment goals

  • - Provide input to achieve campus sustainability plan goals

  • - Coordinate with academic departments including Environmental Initiative to assist in their goal to infuse sustainability into a broad set of curricula across campus

  • - Promote the Green Fund in partnership with Green Action and monitor the results of LEAG-funded projects

History

The Lehigh Environmental Advisory Group (LEAG) was formed in 2008 by President Alice Gast to advise the university leadership on ways to improve sustainability on campus.

With the signing of Lehigh’s Climate Commitment in 2009, LEAG took the lead on articulating the goals. In that vein, LEAG has worked with many groups and offices on campus to support the implementation of single-stream recycling; recycling of used engine oil, antifreeze and vehicle tires; the compilation of a Greenhouse Gas inventory; the use of recycled papers and soy-based inks; and increasing the number of "green" office supply purchases. Other initiatives include the creation of the Lehigh Community Garden at the Goodman campus, and the creation of the Green Fund, which provides small grants to students, faculty and staff to fund sustainability projects.

Membership

Terms

All members shall serve two year terms with the exception of the Department Representatives group whose terms are determine by their respective Vice President, the EI Executive Committee Member and the Sustainability Coordinator.

Terms will begin at the start of the fall semester whenever possible, i.e. September 1 – August 31. There shall be staggered membership terms to provide continuity.

Membership Composition

  • - Two co-chairpersons appointed by President (one faculty member, one administrator)

  • - One faculty member from each College appointed by the President in consultation with the Provost

  • - EI Executive Board Member for Outreach

  • - Two undergraduate students appointed by the Student Senate following a campus-wide selection process

  • - Two graduate students appointed by the Graduate Student Senate following a campus wide selection process

  • - One Department Representative for the following departments appointed by their respective Vice President (or equivalent) and approved by the Co-Chairs: Provost’s Office, Facilities Services and Planning, Business Services, Library and Technology Services, Student Auxiliary Services, Athletics, Advancement, University Communications and Public Affairs, Student Affairs, Research and Graduate Studies, and Sustainability Coordinator

  • ​​- Two at-large members nominated through a campus-wide selection process to serve two-year terms. These members are approved by LEAG and will not be eligible for reappointment in order to allow other interested community members to serve.

  • - Consulting Members (expert members of the campus and local community who are invited to LEAG meetings by the Co-chairpersons)

Subcommittees/Working Groups

  • GreenFund - This subcommittee focuses on awarding money on a rolling basis for students, faculty, and staff for sustainability projects.

  • Faculty Curriculum - This subcommittee looks at ways to integrate sustainability principles throughout the academic curriculum.

  • Nominations/Membership - This subcommittee focuses on promoting membership guidelines and standards.

  • Web/Communications - This subcommittee focuses on communicating LEAG’s role, our progress, and our achievements.

LEAG Meeting Schedule 2017-2018

If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Lauren Bewick (lrb216@lehigh.edu).

For more information about the Lehigh Environmental Advisory Group, please contact the co-chairs, Mark Ironside (mri205@lehigh.edu) and Delicia Nahman (den210@lehigh.edu).