Sustainability is built into the University's core values and guides its curriculum and learning outside the classroom as well as its operations, including purchasing, physical plant development and many other University systems. St. Lawrence's Board of Trustees approved a studentinitiated resolution making sustainability a core University value in 2006, a year before President Daniel F. Sullivan joined 280 college presidents in signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment targeting carbon neutrality for St. Lawrence.
The University's green practices earned it a B on the 2008 College Sustainability Report Card, placing it in the top third among its peer institutions. St. Lawrence is a leader in the campus sustainability movement because of top-level commitment, but also because its students, faculty and staff have acted on that commitment in many creative and meaningful ways:
Green Building - Johnson Hall of Science, opened in fall 2007 and the University's largest construction project ever, features the latest sustainable design. It has received Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Design Commission.
Environmental Action Plan - by over 100 students, faculty, staff and community members, the EAP is designed to show ecological challenges on campus and suggest actions the University can take to address them.
Green Bikes - the library is the only one in the nation that not only loans books, but also bicycles to students, faculty and staff for campus and local travel.
The Green House - students live in a low-impact theme cottage, live sustainable lifestyles and develop educational
programming for other students.
Sustainable Food Systems - campus dining services consults with local farmers, purchases locally grown food and has its
own campus herb garden.
Greening Your Dorm Room - students can request an energy audit to help them live green.
Conservation Council - Faculty, students and community members working on conservation through both short-and
Environmental Action Organization - student-run organization working toward the creation of an environmentally aware and active student body.
Coalition on Climate Change - focuses on raising awareness, cutting greenhouse emissions and coordinating events surrounding climate change.
The Green Pages and the Green Press Kit - two on-line resources that tell the story of University programs for sustainability.