Environmental Action Organization

Clothes Drying

Primary Organization: 
Environmental Action Organization (EAO)
Contact Name: 
Libby Nichols
Contact E-mail: 
Project Start Date: 
September 1, 2007

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

Project Documents: 
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Meeting Minutes

09/15/2009 - 09/22/2009

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. 



Meeting Minutes

09/08/2009 - 09/15/2009

Our first meeting was nice and short, and consisted of a brainstorm of potential actions for this acedemic year and the future. 


1. Increase involvement with Canton community 

Potential Projects for said expectations 

a. High school AP environmental science kids

b. Make a difference day w/ SUNY Canton (bike bragade)

c.  Bike rack/ Bike lane on park street?


2. Strengthen Coilitions with Other SLU Groups

a. Amnesty Int. wants to show an env. justice video!

b. American Chemical Society highway pick up


3. Strenghthen Coilitions with SUNY Potsdam, Canton and Clarkson

a. Have a gathering with all four groups? Brainstorms, work together, etc


4. Dirrect Action

a. example: Last year's "Lettuce turnip the beet" puppet

b. Pamphlets

c. Critical mass/rallies/demonstrations 


Here are all the other great ideas for this year that don't have a concrete place above. 

a. Endowement, work with investors

b. posters around campus, in bathrooms

c. Composting w/ post dana waste? and in the town houses

d. photovaultaic system for slu...Oberlin has one, we can too

e. room compost/ worm bins

f. Window shades, better insulation 

g. dorm wars: get the fyp involved and award fyp points for sustainable lifestyles 

h. recycling outside

i.  Recylce mania

j. Grant for renovation of Bewkes: Set Goals for that construction. MAKE IT MORE SUSTAINABLE THAN JOHNSON.




2009 Green Buildings Open House

Canton and surrounding towns
October 3, 2009 10:00am - 4:00pm

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.


For more information, please contact Patricia Greene at patricia@ncenergy.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.

Barn Good Thrift Store

Primary Organization: 
Environmental Action Organization (EAO)
Contact Name: 
Hannah Drummond
Contact E-mail: 
Project Start Date: 
September 1, 2008


Fall Store Hours
Monday 12-2
Wednesday 4-6
Thursday 4-6

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?

Before you head to any other store...check out the Barn Good Thrift Store, located between 5 and 7 University Avenue.

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.

Green Bikes - Trial Day

Student Center
July 17, 2009

Come try one of the Green Bike trial models and tell us what you think. 

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