This Saturday 350+ students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, St. Lawrence County community members and more will be departing from ODY to bike, run, and walk around Canton and SLU Campus. Come to join in the fun, educate yourself, educate others, build community, and make a statement.
What: Bike Brigade
When: Saturday 1PM
Where: ODY->Canton->SLU Campu->Student Center
How many: 350+
Why: To spread the word about 350parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere
During this Tuesday's meeting we will be making posters, banners, flags, and flashy informative propoganda for 350.org day of action on October 24, 2009. Everyone is welcome to join! First timers please come to learn and do art!
Local offsets have been identified as the preferred way for St. Lawrence to mitigate emissions unable to be avoided in other ways. Doing simple weatherization/energy efficiency retrofits on the homes of our least fortunate North Country Residents would allow St. Lawrence to claim the greenhouse gas emission savings while providing a social benefit. Local politics surrounding federal funding and the weatherization efforts of the Community Development Program (CDP) as well as an unclear relationship with the local nonprofit Community Energy Services has led to little movement forward on this effort by the administration. However, students want to get out in the community and given CDPs lack of interest in accepting and training student volunteers, a community member is planning a few hour training on simple weatherization/energy efficiency retrofits after which students intend on advertizing in the community as an independent group offering this service. The training has yet to be scheduled and the scope and funding of the project yet to be defined.
Short term goals: train a handful of students and make improvements in at least three North Country homes Long term goals: develop a local offset program that includes the participation of students and other SLU community members
Oberlin College has been the envy of many University’s energy managers, sustainability coordinators, students and professors for years. Their Lucid Design’s energy monitoring dashboard allows building residents to see their energy use in real time. Discussions about how to make this project a reality at St. Lawrence began in 2006. Cost has been the largest inhibitor for SLU to have our own real time data displays. The largest problem is the lack of sub-metering on campus. All of our on campus building’s electricity use is on one of three meters, allowing for little to no clues about building use or efficiency. While many in the administration, staff, faculty and student body believe there will be significant benefits from the installation of such a system, the cost of putting a meter on each building is NOT insignificant. Meters are only one part of the system needed to make a dashboard such as Oberlin’s a reality, and in the current economic climate there is no guarantee we can find money for the additional infrastructure this project needs.
Short term goal: data analysis of cost and savings of metering only electricity in dorms Long term goal: individual meters and real time display of electricity, heat and water for all buildings allowing for resource reduction focused behavior campaigns, better functioning of building systems and alerts to problems and opportunities for academic projects
While there is knowledge that ZipCar has been considered previously for use at St. Lawrence (including as a fleet replacement) it is unclear what the result of these investigations were. A conference call was held on October 8th 2009 to obtain greater information about ZipCar’s University Program. While there are still questions to be addressed in a follow up call it seems possible that the fee structure and revenue guarantees will make it such that the program costs St. Lawrence money (which is not how the program is intended to work). Further clarification on the details of these revenue guarantees and expected use of the cars will help determine if such a project is worth proposing to the administration.
Short term goal: greater understanding of revenue guarantee and potential student use Long term goal: reduce the number of cars that students bring to campus and promote vehicle sharing programs
In 2007 St. Lawrence renewed our washer and dryer lease for another ten years (see attached). While we now have some of the most efficient washers on campus we have the same dryers. Wanting to close the loop and make the entire laundry process more sustainable Melissa Miller, Facilities Operations, bought ten communal drying racks and placed them in residence hall laundry rooms. In fall of 2008 two students were curious as to how drying rack use could increase and if it was possible to begin to charge for drying by load, the paper from their research and survey of SLU students is attached. Another set of students has begun to address the issue of drying rack use in the fall of 2009 and given the economic climate it seems possible that strategic removal of dryers could both encourage and fund private/in room drying rack use. Cost is not the only consideration of dryer removal and laundry rack purchase we must also have broad based university support, especially from students. Although it seems we cannot without significant cost change to ‘pay by load’ dryers this question must be 100% resolved before moving forward with a plan.
Short term goal: analysis of economic feasibility of dryer removal and drying rack purchase, survey or build support among student body for such a change
Long term goal: reduce energy use of clothes drying on SLU campus and development of long term environmentally friendly laundry habits