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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix - Energy

Model Programs:

Bates: An article about purchasing green power.

Bucknell: Bucknell purchases wind power to supplement their cogeneration plant fueled by natural gas, which was also replaced from an older coal burning plant. They purchase approximately half their energy through wind power, which amounts to 1 million kilowatt hours a year.

Colby: is planning to purchase all its energy from renewable, more environmentally friendly sources in Maine .

Connecticut College: - This is a link to Connecticut College’s Renewable Energy Policy . This policy was established by the student body, the administration and the board of trustees together.

Connecticut College: This link is to Conn. College’s proposal to create the energy conservation and efficiency fund or ECEF . The purpose of the ECEF is to provide the capital necessary to make improvements in energy efficiency and to run effective energy conservation efforts.

Connecticut College: Connecticut College’s “Light Bulb Exchange Program” . The document describes the light bulb program in which energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, CFLs, were inexpensively purchased and provided to students in exchange for incandescent light bulbs removed from use.

Middlebury College and Energy

- This link is about how Middlebury set a goal to reduce greenhouse gases by 8 percent below the 1990 level by 2012. It lists steps Middlebury has taken and some of the challenges, like keeping the momentum going. It tells some of the steps taken, like going to each dorm and changing lights and changing from diesel fuel to biodiesel.

Middlebury College and Energy

- This link talks about how Middlebury College changed from diesel fuel to biodiesel. It has a graph that shows the progress from 1990 to 2000. It also states some short term and long-term goals and tells about challenges to getting started and finding support.

 

SLU's Energy Success Stories:

  • In 2003 the St Lawrence University Campus had a campus wide energy audit conducted by LKPB (Minnesota).
  • The purchase of a Hybrid Toyota Prius.
  • The purchase of 2 Hybrid Toyota Highlanders.
  • Over the past few years SLU has spent over $800,000 on Steam line replacements in order to decrease heat loss.
  • SLU has installed fluorescent lighting, motion sensors, water savers, variable speed air circulation and new energy management in many of our dorms, academic buildings and offices.
  • Windows have been replaced in several buildings in order to conserve heat and energy.
  • A few buildings have high efficiency boilers.
  • St. Lawrence was one of the first colleges in the country to install a Co-Generation Unit. This unit produces electricity by using the steam that is made to heat campus and then running it through a steam turbine. Now, with the campus getting bigger we are considering increasing SLU's generation capacity.

Johnson Science Hall

St. Lawrence's newest building is on track to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification. Innovations in the building include maximized use of daylight, a biological filter system for water runoff, high effeciency windows, waterless urinals, and numerous other energy conserving design features.