Data and Reports
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.
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.
Biomass Fuel Supply and Environmental and Community Impact Assessment of Converting to Biomass Fuel for Thermal Needs
Innovative 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.