Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee consists of administrators, faculty and students and serves in an advisory capacity in relation to sustainability initiatives on campus. The committee hopes to encourage a collaborative and supportive environment for faculty, staff and students interested in promoting environmental sustainability at the college, to develop, promote and recommend implementation of environmental sustainability initiatives and activities and to serve as a resource for faculty, staff and students on all matters pertaining to environmental sustainability.

The mission of this Committee is:

Lycoming College embraces the goals of sustainability for all of its stakeholder members and as an institution. We support the identification of sustainable practices for the sake of a sustainable community and world in a way that efficiently uses college resources.

Developments and Initiatives Implemented by the Sustainability Committee (2014-2015)

Awards and Acknowledgements 

  • Sustainability Committee given the Outstanding Community Service Program Award by Lycoming College at the annual Leadership & Service Awards Banquet in honor of the Food Recovery Network in 2014
  • Sustainability Committee awarded Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) Campus Sustainability Champion at the annual PERC conference in 2014
  • Members of the Sustainability Committee hosted the first Eastern Regional Food Recovery Network Summit in 2015
  • Sustainability advisor Dr. Ryan Adams was elected to be on the Executive Board of PERC 
  • Sustainability students presented research at Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell in 2014

Members of the Sustainability Committee


  • Julian Jones,  Team Coordinator, Food Recovery Network Project Manager
  • Johanna Hripto, Team Coordinator, TerraCycle Project Manager
  • Jennifer Carmody, Food Recovery Network Project Coordinator 
  • Julie Burns, Co-Coordinator 
  • Abbi O'Connor, Co-Coordinator


  • Dr. Mel Zimmerman, co-chair, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Director of the Clean Water Institute 
  • Dr. Dan Miller, co-chair, Vice President for Student Life

Administrative Representatives

  • Steve Caravaggio, Dir. Acad. Comp. & User Support (IT Department) 
  • John Shaffer, Grounds & General Labor Supervisor
  • Debbie Smith, Administrative Assistant for the Heim Building
  • Dr. Phil Sprunger, Provost and Dean of College
  • Leslie Ekstrand, General Manager (Dining Services)

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