Environmental sustainability is of paramount concern in the 21st century as society grapples with increasing demand for energy and water, changing climate and land use, and limited resources.

The programs in environmental science and environmental studies are designed to allow students to study these and other environmental issues using a multidisciplinary approach. Students learn environmental fundamentals across a number of departments on campus, then progress through more specialized courses in their chosen area of study. The program culminates in a capstone project or independent research.

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Senior Capstone

Capstone students work on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in Environmental Programs

The 2020 Capstone students worked in teams on several intersections of environment, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). Specifically, the teams focused on: 1) Student Support: Cultivating DEIJ within the Environmental Programs 2) DEIJ literacy: DEIJ learnings embedded into mediums in which students with environmental interests participate and 3) Presence: DEIJ and environmental values within the broader Lafayette community. The teams worked largely independently with guidance from the instructors and various campus stakeholders including Megan Rothenberger, Environmental Programs Chair, Alana Klass, Gateway Career Center, Rob Young, Office of Intercultural Development, Jamila Bookwala, Dean of the Faculty. Students made a final presentation to the community and submitted a final report.


The Community Garden & Working Farm

The Community Garden & Working Farm is a site for teaching, research, outreach, growing healthy food, and building community. Our daily work and our long-term goals aim to build an understanding of the critical role of food and farming in environmental stewardship.

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In Practice

Ecological Sustainability

Sept 2016. As part of our ongoing efforts to address ecological sustainability, EVST students recently planted native perennials (Little Bluestem, Obedient Plant, Grey-Headed Coneflower, and Indian Grass) along the buffer area and drainage swale at LaFarm. The project was funded by a grant from the Lehigh Gap Nature Center's Landscaping for Communities and Wildlife program. Past ecology projects at LaFarm have included installation of a bee hive, bluebird boxes (a local Eagle scout project), plantings that attract pollinators, and protecting milkweed from mowing.

Contact Information

Megan Rothenberger

220 Rockwell Integrated Science Center

Liz Fulton

Administrative Coordinator
Rockwell 324