Energy

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The Goal: To make energy conservation and energy efficiency a keystone for all activities at St. Lawrence. To significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and to promote the use of energy from renewable sources. To educate the University community so that all can fully participate in this endeavor.

solar panels The Problem: Activities to fulfill our educational mission have led to increased demand for energy on campus. Increased energy consumption has substantial economic as well as environmental costs. Energy produced from fossil fuels contributes to environmental pollution. Missed opportunities for conservation and efficiency waste money that could better be used for other purposes. 

Opportunities for St. Lawrence University:

The time to develop an energy strategy based on renewable energy is now. Developing relationships with providers and reconfiguring our energy infrastructure takes time and has the greatest potential for success if done incrementally. Saving energy is the responsibility of individuals as well as the institution and St. Lawrence should foster energy savings in both.

  • Energy efficiency projects, even those that represent great financial savings to the University, will not happen rapidly if the funds for these must compete with other capital requests. A special revolving dedicated fund should be established for energy efficiency projects.
  • Energy education should begin with incoming students and be an on-going process. Education must extend to all members of the community, not just students.
  • Students should be provided with free or low-cost CFL bulbs every year. The use of incandescent light bulbs on campus should be phased out in 2009.
  • The most energy-efficient transportation fleet that can meet the University’s needs should be purchased.
  • Cogeneration of electricity should be expanded.
  • By 2008 the University should purchase or produce at least 15% of its electricity from renewable sources.
  • By 2008 the University should adopt an energy-efficient appliance procurement policy requiring the purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
  • By 2012 our energy consumption per square foot should be reduced by 30%
  • In anticipation of Rollout 2008, Information Technology should develop a comprehensive energy conservation strategy for the procurement and configuration of computers, monitors and peripheral devices.
  • By 2010 lighting in all common areas should be controlled by motion detectors.
  • By leasing CEE-rated washing machines for residence halls and theme cottages, the University can save hundreds of dollars per washer on electricity and water costs. (Installation of these washers was completed in November 2007)