Sustainability Advocates and Veterinary Environmentalists (SAVE)

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About Us

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).

What is Sustainability?

“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 [1987]

Sustainability affects everything!

  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Equity
  • Politics
  • Human Rights
  • Education

Who We Are

Our Team consists of

  • 2 Faculty
  • 2 Staff
  • 3 DVM Students
  • One Graduate Student

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! 

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

DVM, MS, PhD (LSU 2001), DECZM Professor of Zoological Medicine


Sita Withers

Sita Withers

BVSc, PhD, DACVIM, Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology


Brian Collins

Brian Collins

Outreach Librarian


Bonnie Brocato

Bonnie Brocato

Facilities Manager


Matthew Criscione

Matthew Criscione

Class of 2024

Tayla Regenbaum

Tayla Regenbaum

Class of 2024

Dani Greenspan

MS, Class of 2023

Kimberly Boykin

Kimberly Boykin

DVM, MS, Instructor of Zoological Medicine and PhD Candidate

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Our Goals with S.A.V.E.

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 animal’s rights and welfare. It is within our oath that we swear to use our knowledge for the benefit of society through conservation of animal resources.

  1. Increase student participation at LSU Vet Med
  2. Provide opportunities to practice sustainable activities
  3. Incorporate community involvement
  4. Reduce LSU Vet Med's carbon footprint
  5. Bridge connections between animal health, human health, and environmental health

We plan to accomplish these goals through the utilization of working groups.

  1. Honey Bees: Working with Southern Italian Honey Bees near the LSU Vet Med campus to incorporate bee husbandry, medicine, and care into the curriculum
  2. 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.])
  3. 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
  4. Outreach and Advocacy: Working with SAVE in efforts to involve the community in educating about sustainability through social media, lectures, and events

If you have a project you'd like SAVE to take on or have questions about SAVE efforts:


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.

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