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Lycoming College students and faculty member share sustainability ideas at conference

Lycoming College students and faculty member share sustainability ideas at conference

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Lycoming College anthropology professor Ryan Adams, Ph.D., and three students recently presented two informational posters about environmental sustainability at the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Council’s annual conference, which was hosted by Penn State University in State College.

The students that participated are sustainability committee leaders Emily Vebrosky, senior chemistry major, and Samantha Hewitt, senior biology major, as well as student senate sustainability representative Lynette Dooley, junior biology major.

According to Adams, the conference is an opportunity for higher education institutions in the state to convene and exchange ideas for sustainability initiatives and to strengthen the network of professors, administrators and students who are interested in fostering environmental sustainability.

The students collaborated with Adams to create two posters that illustrated a number of successful or developing green projects at Lycoming, including tray-less dining; a student-produced biodiesel facility that uses waste oil from dining services; and solar energy panels installed on the Heim Biology and Chemistry Building.

Students have been inspired by attending the conference and already have new ideas for sustainability projects at Lycoming, such as working with “The Food Recovery Network” to make strides toward combating hunger in the greater Williamsport area.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit