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Lehigh Sustainability Council

Introduction

The Lehigh Sustainability Council (LSC) has made good progress in improving Lehigh’s environmental impact through education, good business practices, and operations. 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. The LSC 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 the Lehigh Sustainability Council. We look forward to continuing our work with the campus community.

Mark Ironside & Delicia Nahman

Lehigh Sustainability Council 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 LSC-funded projects

History

The Lehigh Sustainability Council 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, LSC took the lead on articulating the goals. In that vein, LSC 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

Name

LSC Role

Name

LSC Role

Alec Bodzin

COE Representative

Rudy Shankar

At-Large Member Faculty

Barbara Malt

CAS Representative

Karen Pooley

At-Large Member Staff

Daisy Dai

CBE Representative

Lawrence "Ozzie" Breiner

Student Auxiliary Services

John Fox

RCEAS Representative

Andrew Januszak

LTS Representative

Miki Sankary

Development &

Alumni Relations

Shamell Brandon

Student Affairs Representative

Delicia Nahman

LSC Co-Chair/

Sustainability Officer

Jason Gall

Athletic Facilities & Events Representative

Mark Ironside

LSC Co-Chair / Consulting Member

Kate Cassidy

Communication/Consulting Member

Patricia A. Johnson

Senior Officer Representative/Consulting Member

Brent Stringfellow

Campus Planning

Jessica DeSantis-Berg

Admissions

Doug Spengel

Facilities Services & Campus Planning

Sophie Bysiewicz

Undergrad Student Representative

Esther Lindstrom

COE Representative

TBD

Undergrad Student Representatives

Mitchell Johnson

Graduate Student Representative

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 the Lehigh Sustainability Council 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 Lehigh Sustainability Council 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 LSC's role, our progress, and our achievements.

Lehigh Sustainability Council Meeting Schedule 2017-2018

If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Ann Marie Mulhearn (anm717@lehigh.edu).

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