Environmental Action Organization

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.

People's Climate March

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.

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

"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

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.

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