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Service Guide

Services Guide

General Maintenance

General maintenance is provided by different crews in specific areas of campus. On the Packer and Goodman Campuses, services are contracted to ABM Services. They employ a crew of 12 general crafts technicians that are used to perform some facility maintenance as well as departmental requests for this area. The university employs 16 general maintenance technicians that primarily serve the Mountaintop campus, Fraternity and residence halls areas. This service can be requested through Work Order Central. (x83940 or x83941) Click Here to Submit a Work Order.


Facilities Services Utilities Division is responsible for energy, which can be broken down further into procurement, engineering, maintenance, and operation. The predominant form of energy used on campus is electricity, which is purchased at 69 KV through a University-owned substation. Most of the power on campus is delivered at 12 KV via a University-owned system of wires. 250 Billion BTU of #6 oil or natural gas are purchased annually to fuel two central heating and refrigeration plants that distribute steam and chilled water throughout Packer and Mountaintop campuses. Buildings not heated by steam use natural gas to provide clean sources of combustion. The Utilities Division also maintains and operates the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment in 135 buildings using an in-house staff of mechanics and technicians. Utilities staff members also maintain smoke/fire detection and fire suppression systems (sprinklers) to enhance the protection of building occupants.


Lehigh University contracts with ABM Services for custodial services throughout campus. ABM operates in a performance based contract, where they are evaluated on a regular basis and their fee is tied to their ability to reach performance targets. The university uses a system of evaluation developed and marketed by Elliott Affiliates.

To view ABM Cleaning Schedule for Goodman & Packer Campus click this link

To view ABM Cleaning schedule for Mountaintop Campus click this link

Moving Crew

Lehigh University contracts with ABM Services for a crew of two to three movers. This crew is available to departments for moving furniture and equipment throughout campus. The moving crew has a lift gate equipped flat bed truck and other equipment to assist in a move. This service can be requested through Work Order Central. (x83940 or x83941)

Access Control/Locksmith

Lehigh University employs a manager of access control and three technicians, who are responsible for providing and maintaining a secure access control system on campus.  Our office uses a computerized key control system.  To view a copy of the access control policy click this link.

Grounds Maintenance

Lehigh University contracts with Brickman Industries for grounds maintenance services on all of it's campuses. Lawn mowing, flower beds, tree and shrub maintenance, leaf removal, general grounds policing and selected snow removal are all tasks included in this category.


Recycling at Lehigh University

Lehigh University is committed to preserving natural resources and recognizes the role that recycling serves in reducing the consumption of virgin resources. The university recycles approximately 25% of its total waste stream, diverting over 400 tons of material from incineration annually. The more we recycle, the more we save money and contribute to a sustainable environment. You can do your part by understanding which materials are recyclable and how and where to recycle them.  

What is single-stream recycling? 

A single-stream recycling system is the collection of recyclable materials with no sorting required by individuals. Cans and bottles can be mixed together with paper and glass. The success of this system depends on individuals only placing recyclable items in the blue recycling bins and making sure that the items are empty and free of food residue. 

Where does the recycling go?

Custodial and grounds maintenance staff will empty all containers for transport to recycling compactors.  SWS (http://www.landfillfree.com/) will transport the recycled material to ReCommunity Recycling (http://www.recommunity.com/).


Learn more about Lehigh's recycling program: 

Download a copy of our recycling poster.

Find out what can and cannot be recycled at Lehigh.

View our Recycling at Lehigh presentation.

The Dirty Dozen: twelve items you should not recycle.


Where to recycle:

Office and education buildings: each building handles its waste and recycling differently. Please look for designated bins and recycling areas in your building. 

Residence Halls and Greek houses: blue recycling bins can be found in each trash closet in residence halls or outside the hall by the garbage toters. 

Outdoor receptacles: black recycling bins labeled with "recycling" can be found throughout Lehigh's campus.  


Continued support for recycling will increase our waste diversion efforts and improve Lehigh's ecological footprint. If you would like additional information, you may contact an Office of Sustainability staff at recycle@lehigh.edu