Environmental Action Organization

Grant Supports Student Work to Reduce Plastic Water Bottles

The Environmental Action Organization (EAO), a student group has received funding to draw awareness and to help reduce the number of disposable plastic water bottles used across campus.

EAO submitted their proposal aimed at altering the campus culture at St. Lawrence and to reduce disposable water bottle usage to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I). NYSP2I is headquartered at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and is a partnership between RIT, Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University at Buffalo and the 10 New York State Regional Technology Development Centers. EAO's proposal was accepted, and the student organization will receive $1,000 to support their efforts.

The students' proposal builds on a 2012 Thelomathesian Society resolution, which supports policies that choose municipal water services over bottled water in an effort to support the University's commitment of achieving climate neutrality.

"We want to create a social awareness campaign on campus that tries to convince students not to buy bottled water," said Jeffrey Mogavero '16 of Havertown, Penn., who is co-president of EAO and was the lead author of the proposal. "Right now, people don't really think much about it or maybe they even think it's better and healthier than tap water. We hope this gets people thinking differently."

The group will continue its efforts during the spring semester, using some of its funding to purchase reusable water bottles, which they will hand out to students drinking from disposable water bottles. Students will also be asked to sign a pledge that they will refrain from purchasing disposable water bottles. In addition, funds will be used to purchase a filtered-water hydration station to be located near where bottled water is currently sold. EAO has also been invited to present their project at in exhibition at RIT in April.

Power Shift 2013

Location: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Date: 
October 18, 2013 - October 21, 2013

"This fall, 10,000+ youth leaders will converge in Pittsburgh, PA to fight for our future.

Together we'll build the movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, build a clean energy future, and stop the climate crisis."

Power Shift 2013

To join the movement, contact David Smith for information on how St. Lawrence students will be involved.

Do the Math St. Lawrence

Location: 
Hepburn 218
Date: 
April 21, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Environmental Action Organization will be hosting a movie premier showing a new 350.org documentary called, "Do the Math".

This documentary is about the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and fight the fossil fuel industry. Afterwhich there will be a live video chat of the nations leading environmentalists. Finally, we will conclude with a conversation on what we can do as a community to make a change.

Contact David Smith for more information.

Climate Wars: Tar Sands, Keystone XL, and US

Location: 
Bloomer Auditorium, Brown Hall
Date: 
March 26, 2013 7:00pm

On February, 17, 2013, eleven St. Lawrence students joined with 50,000 activists in Washington D.C. to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. The approval of this pipeline is not a political decision, it is ethical. David Smith'15 (Environmental Studies/Geology major), participated in the protest and will recount his experiences and present on what is known about the project and approval process and arguments for and against the project.  

This issue covers topics of interest to all majors including, government, economics, geology, environmental studies, canadian studies, sociology, biology...  

Let's sift through the information to uncover the truth. 

Unplug and Unwind at Pub 56

Location: 
Pub 56
Date: 
February 22, 2013 9:00pm - 11:00pm


"Turn off your lights, leave your room, and come to Pub 56" for the Negawatt Promotional Concert. 

Help SLU win our electricity reduction competition in style!

Live music by:
Matt Dudley 
Mike Ranellone and Alex Smith
Jake Brillhart
Ethan Matchinski
Will and Levi from Bingotown Couch Parade
And more!

Sponsored by EAO.

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