The SNC Leave No Trace Campaign

Student Affairs and the Sustainability Club are excited to announce the launch of the SNC Leave No Trace Campaign! We have taken the basic principles of Leave No Trace (LNT), first practiced by backpackers to help minimize their impact on wilderness areas, and have applied them to issues affecting campus life here at SNC.

From now until Earth Day 2014, SNC faculty, staff and SGA board members will be actively watching for students going above and beyond to improve our campus by following any of the LNT principles outlined below. Once spotted, students will earn points by faculty and staff emailing their name to

Students – for each time your name is submitted, you earn a point towards:

  • 1-2 points: recyclable notepad
  • 3-5 points: SNC water bottle
  • 6-10 points: solar powered lantern
  • Grand prize: A bike

On Earth Day, we will celebrate everyone’s contributions to improving our community here at SNC with music, food, and a presentation of the prizes! Thank you in advance for your participation and helping improve the Sierra Nevada College community!

SNC LNT Campaign

What is LNT? LNT stands for Leave No Trace

Where did it come from? LNT was first practiced by backpackers who wanted to establish guidelines on minimizing their impact when traveling in wilderness environments.

How can SNC use the seven principles of LNT to improve our campus and community? By taking the original principles of Leave No Trace and then applying them to current issues the SNC campus faces, we can work together to minimize our impact and improve our overall experience at Sierra Nevada College.

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare: Poorly prepared people, when presented with unexpected situations, often resort to high-impact solutions that degrade the outdoors or put themselves at risk. Proper planning leads to less impact.
    When heading to campus, pack a lunch, bring to-go containers and/or a water bottle and leave yourself plenty of time to walk, bike, pick your friend up for carpooling and/or park at the church lot.
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: Damage to land occurs when surface vegetation or communities of organisms are trampled beyond repair. The resulting barren area leads to unusable trails, campsites and soil erosion.
    If you did drive to campus, do not park along the dirt shoulders or over drainage areas around the perimeters of campus, i.e. Country Club. If you walked, walk on designated paths only. If you biked/skateboarded, slow down, use a bike rack, and pack your skateboard once on campus.
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly: Though most trash and litter in the backcountry is not significant in terms of the long term ecological health of an area, it does rank high as a problem in the minds of many backcountry visitors. Trash and litter are primarily social impacts which can greatly detract from the naturalness of an area. Further, backcountry users create body waste and waste water which requires proper disposal according to Leave No Trace.
    Recycle properly. Know what’s recyclable and what is not.
  4. Leave What You Find: Leave No Trace directs people to minimize site alterations, such as digging tent trenches, hammering nails into trees, permanently clearing an area of rocks or twigs, and removing items.
    Only take what’s yours. Leave the cups and plates from the dining hall in the dining hall and respect your peer’s property/belongings as well.
  5. Minimize Campfire Impact: Because the naturalness of many areas has been degraded by overuse of fires, Leave No Trace teaches to seek alternatives to fires or use low-impact fires.
    Only smoke in designated areas on campus and dispose of your cigarette butts properly.
  6. Respect Wildlife: Minimize impact on wildlife and ecosystems.
    Do not leave food trash on campus or in your car. View wildlife from afar and do not feed the bears or other animals.
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Following hiking etiquette and maintaining quiet allows visitors to go through the wilderness with minimal impact on other users.
    Respect the entire SNC community by not dropping F-Bombs in the dining hall and on the walkways. Respect quiet hours in the library and Residence Halls.