Environmental Action Organization

Environmental Action Organization Mtg: 350 Posters and Banners

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!

See you there!

Off Campus Weatherization

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

Energy Monitoring Systems

dorm energyOberlin 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


zipcarWhile 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

Clothes Drying

clotheslineIn 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

Meeting Minutes

EAO will be split into the following sub groups for 2009-10: Energy, Waste, and Transportation

Subgroup Minutes:



Secretary: Mia Sloan  mmsloa08@stlawu.edu

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.



Secretary: Levi Keszey   ljkesz09@stlawu.edu


Composting Facilities?
-Theme Houses
-Freshman Dorms

Recycle Bins?
-Double Purpose

Redeem Station?
-Beer Cans

Water Bottles to sell
Sell Mugs
Leave card to borrow mug?

Hill News

Sexy Tooth brushers
Recycling centers

Question of the meeting: Where does organic food at Dana come from??


Water cooler
Water Bottles
Mugs under CWA
Reusable Mug sign-out

Redemption Center:
Money argument with school________________Matt going to e-mail Louise Gava
Machine or EAO peoples?
Are we involved in Recyclemania 2009?

OUTDOOR RECYCLING BINS_____________________Melissa and K.C.

Sexy Toothbrusher=help with other groups, Update sexy celebrities

Talk to Dante __________________Tom and Maggie

HILL NEWS:____________________________Annie
Stack of Hill News
Sharing is fun!




Secretary: Paige Veidenheimer    apveid08@stlawu.edu

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.  


Everyone in EAO should talk with a professor or someone (at the farmer's market?) about policies surrounding the bypass

350 bike brigade:
We want to cruise around "make a difference day" groups to include them

Anti-idling Policy:
There is one at place at SLU

Canton bike and walk safe initiative:
Town has the money, but hasn't had the demand to put it into action

Working on getting a place to post permanent links on SLUWire



That is all. We have a meeting tonight in Dean Eaton, please show up especially if your group is depending on you for a task, update, etc. 



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