Sustainability Advocates and Veterinary Environmentalists (SAVE)
Sustainability Advocates and Veterinary Environmentalists
The Sustainability Advocates and Veterinary Environmentalists (SAVE) Committee pledges to establish and consistently maintain a professional and academic community upheld by sustainable environmental practices. Our role is to provide awareness and continuing education throughout the region, and to reduce our carbon footprint here at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU Vet Med).
SAVE is comprised of four working groups: Awareness & Outreach, Honey Bees, Food Waste & Composting, Recycling.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is defined as “the human ability to ensure that the current development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
~ The Brundtland Report and Sustainable Development 
Sustainability affects everything!
- Human Rights
Who We Are
The current SAVE team is comprised of people from various backgrounds, interests, and skill sets. We are a group of people who are passionate about the environment and want to facilitate a sustainable and green movement at LSU Vet Med!
Adding new members to the SAVE team will ensure a greater diversity of ideas and perspectives!
As veterinarians, our role in conservation and sustainability is particularly essential in that we serve as the bridge between human and animal species, as well as the voice for all animals’ rights and welfare. One of the tenets of our oath is that we swear to use our knowledge for the benefit of society through conservation of animal resources. To that end, we seek to accomplish the following:
- Increase student participation at LSU Vet Med
- Provide opportunities to practice sustainable activities
- Incorporate community involvement
- Reduce LSU Vet Med's carbon footprint
- Bridge connections between animal health, human health, and environmental health
We plan to accomplish these goals through the utilization of working groups.
- Honey Bees: Working with Southern Italian Honey Bees near the LSU Vet Med campus to incorporate bee husbandry, medicine, and care into the curriculum
- Recycling: Collecting various forms of plastics and having appropriate locations for making
- Recycling/reusing more accessible for LSU Vet Med (not limited to just plastic but also includes all aspects of reduce, reuse, recycle (e.g., thrifting, paper, etc.).
- Food Waste: Reducing food waste at LSU Vet Med by utilizing a composting program with Fluker Farms and by collaborating with 3 Little Pigs, LSU Vet Med's dining hall
- Outreach and Advocacy: Working with SAVE in efforts to involve the community in educating about sustainability through social media, lectures, and events
Sustainable Development Goals
One Health and Veterinary Curriculum
The changing nature of our climate and the impact it has on our environment and animals is a growing area of concern for veterinarians and those interested in One Health. How will our current and future veterinary professionals deal with a changing environment and all the challenges that present themselves as a result? In higher education settings, case studies have emerged that address the impacts of climate change on the health and well-being of a wide array of animals. Statements of purpose and policy addressing climate change have been passed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Columbia School of Public Health's Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE) and changes in veterinary curricula in higher education have been proposed. The veterinary profession is poised to meet these sustainability challenges head on.
There are many resources on this topic:
- Boyd, S., Rhind, S., Batiste, S. (April 2020). Making SPACES for sustainability in the veterinary medicine curriculum. The University of Edinburgh's Teaching Matters blog.
- Kiran, D., Sander, W. E., & Duncan, C. (March 2022). Empowering Veterinarians to Be Planetary Health Stewards Through Policy and Practice. Frontiers in veterinary science, 9, 775411.
- Pappaioanou, M., & Kane, T. R. (Nov 2023). Addressing the urgent health challenges of climate change and ecosystem degradation from a One Health perspective: what can veterinarians contribute? Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 261(1), 49-55. Retrieved Oct 2, 2023.
- Vaughan, D. (Oct 2022). Veterinarians on the forefront of climate change impact. Veterinary Practice News, Vol 34.
Dean's Approval and Support
Dean Garden shows full support of the S.A.V.E. committee and will oversee all activity.
Dean Garden recently joined a national task force on climate change. The dean's commitment and support of the SAVE mission will help ensure that the sustainability goals of our committee and of the School of Veterinary Medicine are aligned.
|New sustainability committee established and named Sustainability Advocates & Veterinary Environmentalists (SAVE)
|SAVE hosts a table at a "Welcome Back" event, signing up potential members and informing them of sustainability initiatives at the LSU Vet School
|SAVE working group for bees establishes an LSU-based Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium (HBVC) Club
|Participates in Fall Family Picnic on October 28 with information table and sale of aloe plants
|Approval of SAVE Compact outlining our general mission and strategic goals
|Creates composting partnership with 3 Little Pigs cafeteria, collecting food waste for composting
|Fundraising event selling beeswax candles on February 13 and 14
|Receives and assembles Black Soldier Fly Larvae box and two composting bins
|Holds a Honey Sale Fundraiser
Student Chapter of the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium
The HBVC is made up of students and professionals from all segments of veterinary medicine and animal science who care about bees and beekeeping.
Honey Bees: A Guide for Veterinarians
Main Bee Diseases
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead