Our curricula are designed to build the knowledge and skills needed to advance understanding across all dimensions of sustainability (i.e., environmental, social, economic) and lead change through a variety of environmental careers.

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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Environmental Capstone (EVST 400)

EVST 400 students propose a sustainability attribute for the Common Course of Study (CCS)

The Environmental Science & Studies majors culminate in a capstone experience (EVST 400) that encourages students to integrate and apply their skills and knowledge to advance campus sustainability initiatives. This course is always co-taught by a STEM faculty member paired with a faculty member from the social sciences or humanities. After reading "The Sunflower Forest: Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature" by William Jordan, EVST 400 students in fall 2022 proposed student learning outcomes for a Sustainability attribute for the Common Course of Study (CCS). The CCS includes the outcomes-based general education requirements for all Lafayette students. To advertise and promote environment & sustainability in the academic core, EVST 400 students also created an art installation - an interactive web suspended by campus trees to encourage mindfulness and reflection on the interconnectivity and unity of all life on Earth.

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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.

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Megan Rothenberger

220 Rockwell Integrated Science Center

Liz Fulton

Administrative Coordinator
Rockwell 324