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The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette


The Office of Sustainability earned the silver designation twice before moving into the gold category.

Sustainability programs earn gold rating for green higher education

By Selma O'Malley, News Editor December 8, 2023

Lafayette was recently elevated to the gold level — the second highest rating — in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System program for sustainable initiatives in higher education. "Achieving...

Interns from the Office of Sustainability displayed a 3D model of energy usage on Wednesday.

Interns analyze campus energy efficiency

By Clara Witmer, Contributing Writer December 8, 2023

Student interns from the Office of Sustainability presented research this week on electricity usage in on-campus buildings. The data reveals important measures that are being taken into consideration to...

The Office of Sustainability utilizes books donated during Green Move Out for its textbook drive.

Student Government, Sustainability office offer dueling textbook drives

By William Gutiérrez, Contributing Writer November 3, 2023

Student Government unanimously passed a resolution on Oct. 18 permanently codifying the Textbook Loan Program, which loans out textbooks to students for free. The Office of Sustainability and the college...

The Sustainable Office Program is part of the colleges commitment to reaching carbon neutrality by 2035.

New sustainability program promotes green office environment

By Phoebe Goltra, Contributing Writer September 29, 2023

This fall, the Office of Sustainability is pioneering the Sustainable Office Program, a voluntary, self-guided initiative focused on incorporating sustainable practices into the workplace. Faculty and...

Composting interns do a combination of office work and field work.

Composting interns contribute to sustainability changes on campus

By Evan Johnson, Contributing Writer September 22, 2023

Composting has returned to dining facilities around campus, and with it comes new composting interns in the Office of Sustainability. The reintegration of composting on campus was a much-anticipated change,...

The new composting system was implemented after a lengthy delay due to COVID-19.

Compost system returns to dining halls

By Clara Witmer, Contributing Writer September 8, 2023

After a three-year hiatus, composting has returned to campus. The renewed initiative marks the culmination of a series of discussions between the Office of Sustainability, Student Government, dining staff...

The Quad lights have been taken down as of earlier this week.

Balancing safety, sustainability with college lighting

By Andreas Pelekis, Staff Writer March 24, 2023

While Lafayette is further emphasizing sustainability and environmental awareness, campus lighting has come under the spotlight as a potential environmental concern.   Lighting is critical to pedestrian...

The Office of Sustainability emphasized the role of students in the colleges sustainability initiatives. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette College Sustainability on Facebook)

Two programs unveiled by Office of Sustainability to combat waste

By Natalia Ferruggia, Assistant Culture Editor February 10, 2023

The Office of Sustainability recently launched new initiatives for sustainability efforts: the Sustainable Living Certificate and Leopard Leftovers. The Sustainable Living Certificate is an online survey...

Students can expect  the new composting program to go into effect by fall 2023.

Composting program to churn out on time

By Andrew LaGreca, Contributing Writer February 10, 2023

The composting program pushed for by Student Government with a nearly unanimously approved resolution is running on schedule to begin in fall 2023. While Dining Services is fully prepared to implement...

Adamson enjoys working with metrics to improve sustainability. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette College.)

Recent Sustainability hire, Melissa Adamson, talks background, goals

By Andrew LaGreca, Contributing Writer February 3, 2023

In November, the Office of Sustainability welcomed Melissa Adamson as the climate action and circularity manager, a new role on campus. Adamson, who worked in transportation planning for five years before...

Eco Rep volunteers put on hazmat suits to weigh and sort waste products from the McCartneys. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Sustainability)

Waste audit shows almost half of McCartney recycling contaminated

By Jenny Davis, Assistant News Editor November 11, 2022

In a waste audit of the McCartney residences this past weekend, it was found that while students are throwing the majority of trash items into the correct bins, there is a contamination rate of 48.6 percent...

Before a non-native plant can be brought on campus, it must be approved by grounds supervisor Jeff Weed.

The more you grow: Landscaping on Lafayette’s campus

By Christopher Byrnes, Contributing Writer November 11, 2022

With the changing of seasons also comes the changing of plants. Between annual flowering plants and hanging baskets, a splash of color is brought to campus in the spring, summer and fall to attract visitors...

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