Sustainability

LCSC Sustainability Mission and Efforts

Mission

The mission of LCSC Sustainability is to assist the college in creating a campus culture supportive of environmental sustainability awareness and best practices. Through collaboration with faculty, students and staff, LCSC Sustainability will work to promote educational activities focused on sustainable practices on campus and within the community, as well as encourage the LCSC administration, student body, and instructional units to make sustainable choices in their respective areas.

SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS BY FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS, JEANETTE GARA-BETZOLD, AND PHYSICAL PLANT INCLUDE:
  • In the Northwest Earth Institute's "NWEI EcoChallenge 2014" LCSC's team placed 7th out of 204 teams. LCSC EcoChallenge Team member Wyatt Manyon, an NS 150 student was recognized and currently featured on their website for installing a recycling station at his work.
  • Creation of The Green Team, a new student club focusing on environmental sustainability
  • Recycling bins in buildings throughout campus
  • Yard waste is hauled to a composting company
  • Public transit stops on campus
  • Water fountains with bottle filling faucets
  • Energy audits in campus buildings
  • Furniture and fixtures from demolition projects donated to Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and Opportunities Unlimited
  • Energy efficient lighting at Harris Field and Warrior Gym
  • Green space planning efforts
  • Gardening 101 class offered to students, faculty, and staff
  • Food service offers reusable clamshells and glasses in cafeteria and uses compostable paper plates, paper cups and plastic cups in their retail locations. Discounts are offered to clamshell users.
  • Sustainability included in strategic plan
  • Engineering students designed, built, and installed solar lighting at Lewiston’s disc golf course
  • Natural Science 150 students: develop future sustainability ideas for the campus and the community; organize Earth Day activities
  • Campus LC Learning Garden:
    • Partners with the North Idaho Correctional Institute and Backyard Harvest for plant starts
    • Partners with Backyard Harvest to provide a fresh produce to food insecure students and community members
    • Used to teach sustainable practices (NS 150 classes and First Year Classes)
    • Provides a comfortable area for international students to work, converse, and practice English
    • Uses repurposed bricks, local soil and compost sources, recycled wood signs, plants as natural pesticides, square foot gardening, solar lighting, composting materials from campus coffee shop, permaculture designed herb spirals, and other sustainable gardening practices/techniques
  • Two trees planted on campus each time a tree is removed due to disease
  • Trees planted at parking lots to reduce heat pollution
  • Campus xeriscape and native wildflower gardens
  • Exterior perimeter lighting on building and pathways being converted to LED
  • LCSC is a member of the Sustainability Partnership of the Inner Northwest and Northern Rockies (includes the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Gonzaga, Montana State University, and the University of Montana)
  • Alternative Spring Break – Students partner with Idaho Fish and Game and Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute to restore habitat and protect watersheds during their spring break
  • Campus roofs being replaced with environmentally-friendly, 100% recyclable metal material that both saves and generates energy
  • Rock ballast from roof of Sam Glenn Complex reused in landscape beds
  • New Environmental Studies Minor created this Spring of 2015
  • Reusable bag grant received to cut plastic bag pollution for future Art of Giving food drives