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Six students from the Lycoming College Sustainability Committee attended a conference, titled "Making Progress – Working on Climate Change in Pennsylvania Higher Education," at Susquehanna University on Nov. 2. The event was organized by the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC). Information was presented on how Pennsylvania colleges and universities are conducting energy audits and implementing energy efficient technology.
In attendance were seniors Kyle Shakespeare, Alyssa Tomaskovic and Laura Walter and juniors Chelsea Brewer, Cody Giles and Samantha Hewitt. They were accompanied by Dr. Mel Zimmerman, professor of biology and director of the Clean Water Institute, and Dr. Neil Boyd, associate professor of management and chair of business administration.
In 2009, a grant program coordinated by PERC was used to develop Lycoming's solar energy project. Since then, the College has also established a sustainability minor, biodiesel project and campus-wide sustainability committee.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.