Environmental Education Center
About Our Center
Dedicated in memory of Nancy Coccodrilli Angeli, the late wife of President Emeritus Raymond S. Angeli, the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center rests on 211-acres of property in Covington Township and is Gold LEED-certified. The building provides a venue with seating for up to 100 people, and hosts progressive programs for the public, the College, and K-12 educators and students.
The Environmental Education Center hosts a number of unique public programs including its multi-level Beekeeping Certificate Program. It also partners with the College’s Police Academy to offer a Conservation and Natural Resource Officer Certification and prepares business professionals on how to incorporate sustainability into their lives, careers, and businesses.
The 5,000 square-foot facility uses an Integrated Design Process, developed by hemmler + camayd architects in Scranton, Pa. Specific design features include a wind turbine, a geothermal HVAC system, and a low energy design plan. These features reduce greenhouse emissions and help offset the maintenance and operating costs of the facility.
The space also includes an interactive software monitoring system that provides live analysis of building data for water usage, solar and wind energy generated, reclaimed gray water usage, and CO2 emissions saved. The $2 million dollar project was partially funded by DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Environmental Stewardship Fund; PA Department of Education; and US Department of Education.
The Environmental Education Center received its LEED Gold certification for its use of a wide range of recycled materials and alternative energy sources including:
- Wind turbine
- Solar photovoltaic array
- Geothermal heating and cooling system built using eight 400 foot deep wells
- Exterior down lighting to reduce sky-glow and light pollution off of site
- Pervious driveway and parking areas
- Bio-swales to collect storm water run-off
- Site restoration after construction including native grasses and plants
- Recycled materials including steel siding, roofing, aluminum window frames, and more used in construction
- Reclaimed wood floors, baseboard, and reception desk
- Lighting controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors
- High efficiency, long-lasting LED ceiling lights
- Low Volatile Organic Compounds paint
- High performance windows that reduce solar heat gain
- Low flow sink faucets and toilets
- Reclaimed grey water from marsh machine used for toilet and urinal flush water
The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) has over four miles of hiking trails open to the public. A total of five hiking trails meander through diverse habitats and range from leisurely to a more challenging hike that skims the Pocono Plateau.
TRAILS WILL BE CLOSED FOR HUNTING.
No hunting will be allowed without special approval from Lackawanna College officials.
- Deer (Muzzleloader): For one week starting on the third Saturday in October.
- Deer (Regular Firearms(: For two weeks starting the Monday after Thanksgiving.
- Deer (Flintlock): For three weeks starting the day after Christmas.
Trails are open from dawn to dusk.
The trail project was made possible with help from local volunteers and was financed in part by a grant from the Overlook Foundation and from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation administered through the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Pocono Forests & Waters Conservation Landscape Conservation Assistance Program.
Lackawanna College has made the commitment to improve campus sustainability. The Green Falcons are a collaborative group of faculty, staff and students working together to increase sustainability on campus.
The Sustainability Committee meets to oversee topics, issues and changes that are priorities to achieving the goals of sustainability within the college. The committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and student from various departments of the college.
Our mission is to establish sustainability through education, operations, and community engagements.; to be committed to creating and advancing a culture of sustainability within the Lackawanna College community; and to enhance the College’s standing as a community leader in sustainability.
Events & Projects
Better World Book Drive: A fundraiser that not only increases our sustainability budget but also finds new homes for unwanted books, saving tons of books from the landfills while simultaneously donating money and books towards global literacy problems.
Earth Hour: A worldwide cry for energy conservation. This annual event encourages people to turn off their lights for one hour in the evening on a specific day.
Sustainability Week: A whole week of sustainability games and events starting on Earth Day and ending with Spring Fling on Arbor Day. Some events include geocaching, clean up, and a green trivia game.
Switched to “Green” Cleaning Products (Chemical Free): These products reduce the toxins and pollutants released into the water and provides better indoor air quality for its employees and students.
Started a Carbon Inventory: This in-depth evaluation looks at the amount of carbon generated by the college.
Expand our Recycling Program: Program now includes office paper, mixed recyclables, magazines and the purchase of 13 new bins for campus.
Expand our Energy Conservation Program: Throughout the campus, lighting fixtures have been changed to more energy efficient models and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are used wherever possible, which helps to reduce the school’s energy consumption.
Initiate a “Green” Purchasing Policy: Lackawanna College has also started purchasing “greener” products; all paper products are recycled, all new appliances and electronics are being upgraded to Energy Star products, and all new printers have the ability to print double-sided, saving paper.
Hired a Sustainability Coordinator: This employee increases sustainability through education and change within the college and the surrounding community.
Started a Sustainability Committee: Comprised of enthusiastic volunteers from various departments within the college, the committee oversees topics, issues and changes that are priorities to achieving the goals of sustainability within the college.
Green Falcons Sustainability Action Team: Created for students to educate others in sustainability. Interested students can participate in the Sustainability Committee, network and organize events such as Earth Day Celebrations, and write the Green Falcons E-News.
Orientation: Students will be introduced to Lackawanna’s commitment to sustainability, new sustainability practices and will be given reusable canvas bags instead of plastic bags.
All students are welcome to join the Green Falcons to learn about, participate in, and promote a culture of sustainability within the Lackawanna College Community through improving and implementing green practices. Activities will include but not be limited to promoting and educating both students and faculty about sustainably practices, sitting on the Sustainability Committee, planning events such as an Earth Day Celebration, organizing change within our community, and much more. Club members will be the voice of the club and determine the activities and direction of the club.
For more information, contact Michelle Wheeler at (570) 842-1506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Environmental Center publishes a seasonal newsletter with the most up-to-date information about the Center’s upcoming programs and workshops. Register below to join the mailing list!
LCEEC offers a variety of volunteer and internship opportunities. Individuals or groups can assist in many ways including:
- Summer Camp Counselor
- Assisting with our educational programs
- Administrative work
- Caring for our trails and gardens.
Lackawanna College’s Environmental Education Center conducts a large number of environmental education programs for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade and serves ten regional school districts.
We acknowledge the generosity of the businesses listed below that support environmental education.