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
a reminder just in case:
Chris- Talk to Louise about drying racks
Rosie-Sexy toothbrush posters and conserve energy stickers for next week or as soon as possible.
Dante-Find some chalk and talk to someone about weatherizing houses in Canton.
Next week we will be chalking the campus (depending on the weather). Maybe wear all black to make us look extra sketchy. EVERYONE should bring in three facts about EAO related things.
Dante found something about a 350 Walk-and-Talk in Canton but we?re not sure if it was legit or not.
Future ideas include finding out if all printing from Angel can be free and if we could come up with a way that people can "check out" drying racks.
Canton Highway Project:
100 resolutions have been passed by Cantonians to implement construction
Started working on the idea in 2006
Note from Taylor..I'm not sure how accurate that info is, so we should cite some stuff. This link may be useful its to the Village of Canton Website, which has a page on the project.
On Saturday, October 3, 2009 between 10 and 4, hundreds of visitors all across the North Country can tour homes, museums, and universities to see practical and sustainable solutions for our energy crisis. Whether it's solar electricity or hot water, wind energy, geothermal heating, pellet and masonry stoves, passive solar design, super insulation, or green building techniques, such as straw bale or cordwood masonry, you will find examples and experts to answer your questions on the tour.
SLU STUDENTS and FACULTY welcome!
For more information, please contact Patricia Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-379-9466 - http://www.communityenergyservices.org/ This national tour is given in conjunction with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and the American Solar Energy Society.
Visit the HUGE FALL SALE
Monday, August 26th-Wednesday, August 28th 10am-2pm
Did you upgrade to a suite and now you need some extra furniture? Don't like those overhead lights in your room and want something with a softer glow? Need to pick up some hangers, binders, mugs or other odds and ends for your new room?
In 2005 several students teamed up with the Conservation Council and Facilities Operations to create a Reuse Program. A group of hard working, environmentally aware students were responsible for the creation of the original "SLU Reuse Initiative" a program developed to prevent usable items from ending up in the dumpsters when students move out of their dorms at the end of the year.
While the Reuse Initiative started as a spring collection and single large fall sale, with storage of items in a trailer during the summer, interest has grown and the program has expanded. The Initiative became so popular that it moved from its ephemeral home in first one and then two tractor trailers to the basement of one of the dorms.
In previous years remaining items were donated to local charities however starting in 2008 the Reuse Initiative transitioned into a year round student run campus thrift store, the ReCellar. Three students find jobs each semester collecting, cleaning, sorting and selling gently used and working items of furniture, small appliances, electronics, clothing, school supplies, amazing costumes for all your party needs and many other miscellaneous items that would otherwise have been sent to the landfill.
With an even greater increase in popularity, all those great gently used items collected when students move out can be found in the Barn between the Java Theme Cottage and the English Department Offices. This move was made in the Spring and Summer of 2010 with the support of grant money and the kind staff of SLU's Facilities Operations Department. With a fresh coat of paint, the installation of an energy efficient washing machine and the reconstruction of shelves from the old location the 'barn' is bigger and better than the 'basement'. Among the gently used goodies you'll find a new mural on the wall, a piano waiting to be played and the occasional free hot beverage.
Most items are sold for less than a dollar and even the highly coveted furniture and large electronics sell for less than twenty dollars. All funds from the sale go toward helping the program continue by paying employee salaries, advertising costs and other operating expenses. Hopes for the future include making the upstairs of the barn a usable store space, fixing bikes in the barn during off hours and becoming an all-around 'eco-barn' including drying rack, room compost bucket and semester-long bicycle rentals.
What can you do to help the Barn Good Thrift Store thrive and promote sustainability initiatives at St. Lawrence? Donate your gently used but unwanted items all year long (faculty and staff we'll take your items too as long as a college student is likely to use them) and come SHOP! Remember to look for donation boxes in dorms during move out each spring and to contact volunteers to move larger items from your room to the Thrift Store.
E-mail for more information on donation details, employment, fall sale and spring collection. Check SLUWire for hours.