Questions regarding these data should be directed to Louise Gava, Coordinator of Sustainability Projects.

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Environmental Action Organization Constitution The constitution for the St. Lawrence student group, the Environmental Action Organization (EAO).02/09/2014
Single Stream Recycling

This poster explains the single stream recycling system found at all student residences.

Effective August 2014, paper, bottles, cans and cardboard recycling can be placed in the same recycling bins.  St. Lawrence University has elected to transition all student residences to this method, called "single-stream recycling."  The goal of the program is to increase the recycling rate by making recycling easier and hassle free through the collection of common recyclables in a single bin.

To reflect the changes in the recycling program, each student room has been equipped with a blue recycling can along with a regular black trash can with bag.  The blue recycling can is for all recyclable material*, it is not for trash.  All items in the blue recycle can are taken to the recycling center and all recyclable materials go into the blue recycling wheelie, no trash goes in the blue wheelie. 

*Compact fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, ink/toner and electronic waste are all recyclable but NOT in the blue wheelie. These must be put in their own containers (found in recycling rooms), students should talk to their custodian for recycling of all electronic waste.


Three Bin Recycling System

This poster explains the three bin recycling system in academic and administrative buildings.

Green bins are for paper, blue bins are for all mixed containers and black bins are for trash.

Climate Change Forum Schedule Schedule for St. Lawrence University’s Climate Change Forum, which will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 19. The theme of this year’s event is “Democracy in Action,” climate change and its effects on the natural and human environment will be explored in a variety of discussions, presentations and exhibitions.09/16/2013 - 09/19/2013
2013 NY6 Windows Request for Proposal Sustainability Section

Document shows the sustainability section of the request for proposal that was developed as part of a large computer purchase with the NY6.  IT required that all desktop computers, notebooks and monitors meet a minimum of EPEAT sliver among other waste, water use, energy and greenhouse gas reductions and efficiency measures. 

Climate Action Plan Work Plan 2013-2014

As part of St. Lawrence University's Climate Action Plan, Work Plans are designed to provide detailed information on short-term mitigation projects and updates on the progress of long-term projects.  Developing plans on shorter timeframes allows for greater detail on emissions savings; more accurate financial costs; the most relevant curricular change and behavior change campaigns; and appropriate communication tools to be included.

This, first, Work Plan is for the period 2013-2014 to follow the timeline and finances outlined in the new Facilities Master Plan.  This Work Plan was approved by the Campus Committee on Sustainability and Climate Neutrality in April 2013.

07/01/2012 - 06/30/2014
GHG Reduction Working Sheet

The Campus Committee on Sustainability and Climate Neutrality (The Sustainability Committee), with the Climate Action Plan Work Plans in mind, decided to carefully consider the sources of greenhouse gas emissions and select the most appropriate means of reduction for each source.  This is a brainstorming and working document.

Estimates of 'unavoidable offsets'

St. Lawrence University will be unable to reach climate neutrality (zero-net greenhouse gas emissions) without using offsets.  This spreadsheet uses 2011 greenhouse gas emissions data to estimate the number of metric tons of offsets the University would need to purchase or generate each year to reach zero emissions.  This spreadsheet also provides a ‘back of the envelope' calculation of the number and cost of using energy efficiency retrofits of North Country homes as an offset.   

GHG Inventory 2012 At the end of each fiscal year (June 30th) greenhouse gas emissions are calculated for St. Lawrence University.  As a signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, St. Lawrence must report all Scope One and Two emissions and select Scope Three emissions (University funded travel, employee commute and solid waste).  St. Lawrence is also responsible for emissions of off-campus University owned property (e.g. Canaras), the Golf Course and the Best Western. 

Questions about these data should be directed to the University's Sustainability Coordinator.
07/01/2011 - 06/30/2012
Draft Space Heater and AC Policy

This draft University Policy has the goal of addressing under and over-heating issues on camps.  This policy makes clear that the heating plant should make all decisions about use of space heaters and air conditioners on campus and that employees and students should always report heating and cooling issues to the central heating plant instead of taking action into their own hands.

St. Lawrence University Climate Action Plan

The St. Lawrence University Climate Action Plan (CAP) was drafted in response to St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox and President Emeritus Daniel F. Sullivan signing the American Colleges and Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). As a signatory of this initiative, SLU committed to climate neutrality (zero-net greenhouse gas emissions 1), and the development of a climate action plan (CAP).

The drafting of the SLU CAP was assigned to a working group which drew its membership, as proposed by Faculty Council, from a broad cross-section of the campus community, as well as members of the Canton community.

1) Where GHG emissions directly from our operations or indirectly from our activities are reduced to zero and/or offsets bought or generated to cover our emissions totals.

Permaculture Innovation Grant

This innovation grant proposal, which was funded in Spring 2011 presents an edible, self-sustaining permaculture landscape, composed of fruit trees (apple, pear, plum), perennial herbs and flowers, and other fruit bushes.  Designed as a haven for students and faculty to visit and enjoy an environmentally beneficial landscape, rather than a simple mowed lawn.  A long-lasting asset to our campus grounds, and a step toward making our space more environmentally sustainable, productive, and inviting this will be the first permaculture design on the St. Lawrence Campus.

SLU Arboretum Proposal

This innovation grant, funded in Spring 2011 has the goal of St. Lawrence University becoming an arboretum, a place that honors the diversity and beauty of trees by giving select trees identifying signs and creating a tour of campus based on viewing these selected trees.  Creating and maintaining the campus grounds as an arboretum will provide educational opportunities for St. Lawrence and other local students and community members as well as becoming a point of interest as the only arboretum in the North Country and one of very few in a Liberal Arts College setting.  As an arboretum the campus would showcase the diversity of tree species native to the northeastern U.S. and southern Canada.

Conservation Council Britia Grant Proposal

This grant proposal was submitted to "Brita's Filter for Good EcoChallenge."  The goal was to use grant monies to develop a semester long bicycle rental program to supplement the University's existing Green Bikes Program.  While this grant was not accepted, we thank Wesley Norton for his hard work as the student lead on the grant. 

Peer Schools Sustainability Comparison

For most research studies St. Lawrence uses a list of 25 schools called the "New Comparison Group" or NCG.  The following table was compiled to compare St. Lawrence's work on climate neutrality, renewable energy technologies and general sustainability.  It includes information on signatories of the American College and University Climate Commitment and their Climate Action Plans as well as information found on individual institution website and through the College Sustainability Report Card

Last updated 10/27/10

Biomass Fuel Supply and Environmental and Community Impact Assessment of Converting to Biomass Fuel for Thermal NeedsInnovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC (INRS) was hired by St Lawrence University to perform an independent assessment of wood availability, economic impacts, environmental effects and carbon issues for a proposed biomass energy facility at their campus in Canton, NY. The potential system will likely use approximately 15,000 green tons of biomass annually.03/01/2010
Theme House Energy Competition: Energy Saving Tips

Theme House Energy Competition 2010.  The following contains information on how to save energy in your house and beat out the competition.  The document includes a FEW of the MANY tips on how to reduce electricity and heat use in your house.  Look around the green pages for other ideas.

SLU Reduced-Idling Policy

In keeping with the ideal that University programming and operations should explore and model progressive and/or alternative behaviors, as a signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, in light of the Board of Trustees approval of the Environmental Resolution, and our overall desire for a safe and healthy community, St. Lawrence University has adopted a reduced-idling policy for all vehicles on the University campus.   

This policy was initiated by the Conservation Council.
Conservation Council Memo to RRPTG

The purpose of this memo, prepared by the Conservation Council and Carbon Neutrality Working Group, is to provide information on the financial savings and revenue generating potential of environmental initiatives including carbon reduction efforts.

This memo was prepared for The Recession Response and Planning Task Group (RRPTG).  This group was appointed by the President with the goal of determining possible actions to bring our University budget to equilibrium during a time of economic downfall and budget deficit.  Departments across campus were asked to look critically at their operations for ways they could help with this deficit.   
Climate Neutrality Action Plan Interim Report As a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), St. Lawrence has agreed to put forth a plan by September 15, 2009 for achieving eventual climate neutrality. Climate neutrality has been defined by the ACUPCC as zero‐net greenhouse gas emissions. We report here our recent efforts toward meeting the Presidents Climate Commitment.05/01/2009
2009 Employee Transporation Survey

Survey distributed to university employees (both electronic and paper surveys were administered) in attempts to improve transportation options and help reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

No-Mow Zones Map Yellow areas on the map represent ‘no-mow zones’ with a total of over 40 acres. These are areas designated by our grounds manager to be left wild during the growing season (some of these areas are mowed once at the end of the season to prevent woody species from colonizing). Many of these areas have bird houses and wildflowers.04/15/2009
Summary of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) It is often said that we don’t measure what we don’t value and we can’t manage what we don’t measure.  St. Lawrence University's commitment to climate neutrality (zero-net greenhouse gas emissions) necessitates that we both measure and manage our greenhouse gas emissions.
2008 Student Transporation Survey Results

Results of survey distributed to students (when they registered their cars) in attempts to improve transportation options both to and from campus and in the local area and to help determine ways to reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

2008 Student Transporation Survey

Survey distributed to students (when they registered their cars) in attempts to improve transportation options both to and from campus and in the local area and to help determine ways to reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

Food Purchases Summary 07-10

Data table includes percentage of SLU food that is grown and distributed locally (2007 to 2010), the economic impact of such purchases and a link to the farm or distributor website. Data are from Director of Dining Services Cindy Atkins.

Updated 10/29/10.

06/30/2008 - 06/30/2010
Map of Tunneled and Direct Buried Steam Lines

Most folks familiar with the SLU campus in winter know that there are times when there is a grass strip on the quad (and other locations) when snow blankets the rest of campus. A central heating plant requires distribution lines to move steam to buildings across campus; direct buried lines shed heat and make the system less efficient. This map shows which lines have already been tunneled and which still need to be completed.

SmartStrip (powerstrip) Energy Savings

In attempts to beat phantom load (electricity used by appliances while they are turned ‘off’ but still plugged in) the Information Technology Department investigated the purchase of SmartStrips; powerstrips that turn off all peripherals when the computer is shut down. Explanation of SmartStrips and electricity savings are included.

Sustainable Dining Resolution The food we eat is an important part of our daily lives and plays a major role in how the University operates. Although St. Lawrence University provides the students, faculty, and staff with many food choices year round, our food system is based on agriculture and transportation systems that are not sustainable. In light of the Environmental Resolution, the Environmental Action Plan, and President Sullivan’s signing of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the students passed a resolution to support the increase of local and sustainable food on campus.04/09/2008
Energy Audits of Off Campus Student Residences » read moreFrom the Abstract: "The purpose of these studies was to investigate and report on the effects of installing various energy and water conservation measures for this building.04/01/2008
President's Climate Commitment Two Month Report As the first report due upon signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment information includes the institutional structure and tangible actions St. Lawrence will use to meet the goals of our commitment.11/08/2007
Washer Efficiency Statistics

Water, heat and electricity savings realized by St. Lawrence by switching from top to front loading washing machines. Includes frequently asked questions on how to use a front loading machine.

Annual Recycling Report 2004-2009

Report includes tonnage and recipient of each type of recyclable material from the years 2004-2009.