• Buildings and Grounds

    Occupancy Sensors

    If a student or employee forgets to turn off a light when they leave a room in any campus building, the lights automatically go off to save electricity.

    Lighting Retrofit

    Lighting in all campus buildings has been upgraded to higher efficiency models, including Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.

    Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

    L&C has taken advantage of state rebate programs to install high efficiency VFDs on numerous pieces of equipment all over campus. One installation on a fan in the Olin Science Building, for example, will save the college approximately $5,000/year and paid for itself in less than a year. 

    Smart Energy Tracking

    Energy usage dashboardL&C uses software to track energy usage for each building on campus in an effort to identify and reduce energy consumption across all campuses.

    Water Bottle Fillers

    The college installed filtered water bottle fillers in

    • Reid Café
    • Commons Café
    • Nursing lounge
    • Ringhausen Music building
    • Trimpe 
    • Baldwin (near Enrollment)
    • more installed every year! 

    The bottle fillers allow people to get fresh filtered water on campus for free, helping them avoid not just the cost of buying a bottle of water, but also the hazardous environmental impacts associated with the petroleum intensive process that makes plastic bottles.


    An EcoRoad was installed in 2012 in front of the McPike Math and Science Complex on Lewis and Clark’s Godfrey campus to prevent stormwater runoff into nearby water retention ponds.

    The road boasts pervious pavement, which promotes rain seepage into the groundwater below the road, rather than running off the pavement. The project was paid for by a green fee, which is included in students’ tuition.

    Controlled Burns and Habitat Management

    Controlled burns are held on parts of campus and grounds owned by L&C with the objective of controlling the spread of invasive plant species, as part of the woodland’s overall management plan.