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