Environmental Action Organization

Reusable To-go Program at SLU?

University campuses across the nation are increasingly searching for more ways to become environmentally-friendly. Many, including RIT, Clarkson, Wesleyan, and Green Mountain College, and have turned to addressing the issue of waste generated through single-use to-go container programs offered to dining hall users. At St. Lawrence, students and staff are excited to be actively working toward this trend and dispose of our old system, integrating our own reusable to-go container program in Dana Dining Hall.

While traditional to-go container programs are very convenient, they are costly, produce large amounts of waste, and are not conducive to fostering a sustainable lifestyle. Reusable to-go container programs address these problems by offering to-go users a reusable container that Dining Services will wash, sanitize, and then circulate back into use. Participants will be able to fill their containers in Dana, eat their meals, and return at their convenience for either a new meal and clean container, or a voucher to get their next container when they again opt to take their meal to-go.

The Environmental Action Organization (EAO) is eager to take on the reusable to-go container initiative for the spring of 2015, and hopes to establish a program that will exist for many years to come. The integration of a reusable to-go program will support the club's larger goal of establishing a reuse ethic in the St. Lawrence community. The reusable to-go program will expand EAO's current SLUreuse campaign, which works to reestablish reusing as the social norm on campus.

NY Negawatt Winners

Congratulations to Hobart and William Smith for winning the interschool competition with a 5.2% reduction, a savings of 13,908 kwh! St. Lawrence as a campus did very poorly in the NY Negawatt competition (increasing electricity 0.9% usage over baseline period), that said congratulations are in order for the residence halls and theme houses that achieved significant reductions in electricity use:

Residence Halls:
1st place goes to Priest Hall with a 10.7% reduction and savings of 474 kwh
a close 2nd place goes to 48 Park with a 10.3% reduction and savings of 153 kwh

Theme Houses:
1st place goes to 58 Park (OC) with a 21.6% reduction and savings of 439 kwh
a close 2nd place goes to 54 Park (La Casa Latina) with a 21.3% reduction and savings of 137 kwh

Our first place winners will receive a pub cookie for each resident after Thanksgiving break.

New York Negawatt Energy Competition

Use SLU's Dashboard to help reduce your residence's electricity use-make SLU Green-win a prize!

Who: You, your roommate, your neighbor down the hall.  All students living in St. Lawrence owned residences; dorms; themes; townhouses.  All students living at Colgate, Hamilton, Union, Hobart and William Smith and Skidmore Colleges!

What: Electricity reduction competition, compete with other residences and Universities to see who can reduce their electricity usage the most over a three week period.  Dorms compete against other dorms and themes and townhouses compete against each other.

Where: Your dorm room, common room, bathroom, kitchen, townhouse and theme house

When: Wednesday, October 29th to Wednesday, November 19th 

Why: Behavior has a noticeable impact on utility usage in buildings.  During the period of the competition students will be encouraged to find fun and creative ways to reduce their electricity usage through behavior changes that could be sustained for the rest of the semester.

Prizes: The winning University gets bragging rights!

Tips: Check out our green guide for electricity reduction tips

Q&A:
Q.
I live in Dean Eaton, it is the biggest dorm won't my dorm use more electricity than a theme house or smaller residence?
A. Winners will be decided based on electricity usage in each residence compared to electricity usage in that residence during a period prior to the competition.  Residences are competing in two categories; dorms and theme/town houses. 

Q.
My room is too hot but I don't have a thermostat, how can I help win?
A. If a room or common space is overheated call the heating plant at 229-5205.  The competition is based only on electricity reduction; however reporting overheating is critical as we work toward our University energy reduction goals.

Q. I know it will be much harder to get everyone in my dorm involved in the competition; won't a smaller theme house be more likely to win?
A. Residences are competing in two categories; dorms and houses.  The dorm and house that reduce the most electricity, compared to their previous usage, will be the winners. 

 

Other Questions 

New York Negawatt Challenge

Use SLU's Dashboard to help reduce your residence's electricity use-make SLU Green-win a prize!

Who: You, your roommate, your neighbor down the hall.  All students living in St. Lawrence owned residences; dorms; themes; townhouses.  All students living at Colgate, Hamilton, Union and Hobart and William Smith Colleges!

What: Electricity reduction competition, compete with other residences and Universities to see who can reduce their electricity usage the most over a three week period.  Dorms compete against other dorms and themes and townhouses compete against each other.

Where: Your dorm room, common room, bathroom, kitchen, townhouse and theme house

When: Wednesday, October 29th to Wednesday, November 19th

Why: Behavior has a noticeable impact on utility usage in buildings.  During the period of the competition students will be encouraged to find fun and creative ways to reduce their electricity usage through behavior changes that could be sustained for the rest of the semester.

Prizes: The winning University gets bragging rights!  The winning dorm and house get a pub cookie for each resident.

Tips: Check out our green guide for electricity reduction tips

Q&A:
Q.
I live in Dean Eaton, it is the biggest dorm won't my dorm use more electricity than a theme house or smaller residence?
A. Winners will be decided based on electricity usage in each residence compared to electricity usage in that residence during a period prior to the competition.  Residences are competing in two categories; dorms and theme/town houses. 

Q.
My room is too hot but I don't have a thermostat, how can I help win?
A. If a room or common space is overheated call the heating plant at 229-5205.  The competition is based only on electricity reduction; however reporting overheating is critical as we work toward our University energy reduction goals.

Q. I know it will be much harder to get everyone in my dorm involved in the competition; won't a smaller theme house be more likely to win?
A. Residences are competing in two categories; dorms and houses.  The dorm and house that reduce the most electricity, compared to their previous usage, will be the winners. 

 

Other Questions  

New York Negawatt Challenge

Location: 
All student residences
Date: 
October 29, 2014 - November 19, 2014

Use SLU's Dashboard to help reduce your residence's electricity use-make SLU Green-win a prize!

Members of the NY6, Colgate, Hobart and Williams Smith, Union, Hamilton and Skidmore compete with St. Lawrence to see which school can reduce the most electricity in their student residences over a three week period.  Students will also compete on campus for greatest reductions between dorms and theme/town houses.

The third year of the NY Negawatt Challenge runs from October 29th to November 19th.

Learn more about the competition and the dashboard that makes it possible.  

People's Climate March

Location: 
New York City
Date: 
September 21, 2014
This is an invitation to change everything - before climate change does.

North Country 350 Alliance, a regional chapter of the environmental organization 350.org, is sending a 55-passenger bus filled with North Country folk to New York City on Sunday, September 21st to represent our region at the People's Climate March. The timing of the March matches up with a United Nations summit on the climate crisis. Along with tens of thousands of other activists - or, more accurately: mothers, fathers, students, farmers, business professionals, teachers, scientists, doctors, First Nations peoples, artists, and musicians - we'll demand a green economy, clean air and water, and a world safe from the perils of climate change! See you in the streets!

The bus cost will be $50 per person round trip. The bus will leave from Paul Smith's College in the morning on Sunday, 9/21, and will return that evening after the march. For more information and to reserve a seat on the bus e-mail Hannah Huber or David Smith.

To be put on the North Country 350 Alliance's email list, send a note to northcountry350alliance@gmail.com.
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