Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.46
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Lehigh University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Delicia Nahman
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC)


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

1) AASHE conference 2016.

Presentation Title: REAL FOOD, REAL COMMUNITIES, REAL IMPACT
As anchor institutions, colleges and universities have a responsibility to the ecosystems, economies, and communities they touch. Through the Real Food Campus Commitment and Real Food Calculator, Johns Hopkins University and Lehigh University are working to ensure that the impact of campus dining is positive, inclusive of and accountable to their cities and foodsheds. In partnership with the Real Food Challenge, JHU and Lehigh join hundreds of campuses nationwide in shifting university food spending away from industrial farms and junk food and toward a healthy food system that strengthens local economies, respects human rights, ensures ecological sustainability and facilitates community involvement and education. JHU, with an institutional commitment to 35% “real food” by 2020 has pioneered revolutionary product shifts in the dining hall. Lehigh has seen a dramatic jump from 2% “real food” to 11% in one year by creating relationships with local farms and vendors, dropping companies with OSHA and NLRB violations, and investing in campus data quality. By engaging directly in dining operations and decision making, and shaping campus food policy, students involved with RFC and leading these processes are positioned to become the food movement and sustainability leaders of the future.

2) Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Sustainability Conference.
Presentation Title: The Evolution of the Lehigh Eco-Reps Leadership Program


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

NACUBO Conference Poster
Case Study: Lehigh University Move Out Collection Drive & The Great Southside Sale 2016


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Sustainability Conference.
Lehigh University had a staff member serving on a committee of LVAIC conference in the Spring of 2016.


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Lehigh University is a member of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC). Our activities, focused on our strategic priorities of professional excellence, programmatic sharing and synergy, and operating efficiencies, provide expanded and enhanced opportunities for faculty, staff, and students and free resources to support campus-specific programs.

Among the many LVAIC activities, Lehigh University has also hosted the "LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference 2016". The purpose of the conference was to explore sustainability projects, cultivate dialogue and shared learning and encourage concrete action promoting responsible stewardship of the natural environment and equitable community in the areas where we live and work.

For more information: https://www.lvaic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/LVAIC-Annual-Report-2015-16.pdf


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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