Environmental Action Organization

Environmental Action Organization (EAO) First Fall Meeting

Location: 
Sykes Formal Lounge
Date: 
September 2, 2009 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The first fall meeting of the Environmental Action Organization is tentatively slated for the first Wednesday of the fall semester.

Green Bikes Program

Primary Organization: 
Environmental Action Organization (EAO)
Contact Name: 
Wes Norton
Contact E-mail: 
wdnort07@stlawu.edu
Project Start Date: 
June 1, 2006
Status: 
Ongoing

Green BikeThe green bikes program was first initiated by students to provide the campus body with alternative transportation. We are at a point where demand is outpacing supply and we see the need to both continue and expand the current program and investigate the creation of a new program.

The current library rental program is working well. We just bought eight new bikes (bringing our total to eleven-money from the student government) and baskets for both the new and old bikes and we have purchased an impressive collection of tools and associated bike maintenance equipment (a gift of $2,500 was given to the program for tools/equipment). The largest issue with the current green bikes program is regular maintenance, we are working with the OP to determine if the gear room staff can do regular work on our entire bike fleet; this seems promising. The greatest issue with gear room staff would be finding someone who already has the knowledge to fix bikes or finding a way to train this employee. Another issue is respect to the bikes and return to the library on time/enforcement of late fines, while the new bikes seem to be being treated better, only time will tell if lack of respect and misuse will continue to be as great of an issue.

To get a semester long rental program off the ground we are in the process of finding a space on campus to store/maintain bikes that have been reclaimed by security. In the past we have run into issues finding a space that has enough room to fix bikes and is on the ground floor. There is a small possibility NOT to be missed that if the ReCellar moves to a new location (Old Java Barn on University Ave is being discussed) such a space could be shared with the bikes and maintenance done on store off hours.

Sign up to help wdnort07@stlawu.edu

Short term goals: mechanic for the spring and future and finding a good space
Long term goals:
create a stronger bike culture on campus such that the combination of biking and other alternative transportation options can reduce the number of cars students bring to campus

Monitoring: First Phase of Printing Reduction Plan

In accordance with the University's environmental commitments we have taken the first steps to reduce the impact printing has at St. Lawrence. Starting February 15, 2009 students will receive monthly e-mail updates detailing the number of pages they've printed. Data collected in the spring semester will assist the committees addressing this issue determine the current average number of pages printed per student as well as the number of free pages each student should receive in the future. If you would like to provide input on this process please contact infotech@stlawu.edu

We anticipate having printing quotas in place by Fall 2009.  Have questions? Check out 'Pay for Print FAQs'

St. Lawrence Running on 15% Renewable Electricity

In March of 2007, President Daniel F. Sullivan signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. In becoming a signatory President Sullivan committed St. Lawrence to climate neutrality, zero-net greenhouse gas emissions.

The path to climate neutrality will not be an easy one; however we have made a significant step that I want to share with you today.

St. Lawrence is now running on 15% renewable electricity. This is equivalent to half of the electricity used by the Student Center and half of the electricity used by the Johnson Hall of Science. We have purchased RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) generated by wind turbines as our source of green electricity. The carbon emissions from electricity are about 36% of the University's total carbon footprint, thus we are proud to have taken this step to make our electricity use more sustainable and simultaneously show the nation that we support alternative energy.

Reuse Initiative Gets a New (Used) Home

Due to the popularity of the Reuse Initiative, we have decided to make a permanent location for the storage and sale of gently used goods each fall. True to its mission, the Reuse Initiative has moved into a room that was once used for storage purposes, repainted with leftover paint and had shelves made from old doors.

Now located in the basement of Reiff, the ‘Reuse Basement' aims to keep commonly desired dorm and class items out of the landfill. Remember to come by and pick up some great things for your dorm for a VERY low price. And don't forget each Spring we rely on your donations to keep the initiative going.

St. Lawrence Launches Campus-Wide Energy Conservation Campaign

On December 3, 2008, President Sullivan announced to the campus community the start of our Energy Conservation Campaign, a very important component in changing our energy consumption behavior.

Good news!  We have retained the services of Les Power, Consultant, PhD, to help us in this endeavor.  Meet Les and find out what we can do as a campus community to achieve a reduction in energy consumption.

MEET LES POWER...


Hello St. Lawrence!


Les Power here, your campus energy consultant, working to help us all save energy!

Please ask me energy savings questions or pass on your suggestions for campus energy savings by e-mailing les@stlawu.edu. There may be gifts and trinkets for especially good ideas. From time to time, I will pass on ideas of my own. I will also let you know how we are doing with our energy savings with a monthly report.

Changing our energy behavior is the first step in a long path to campus climate neutrality. Every step helps!

Remember-Les is best!

I want to update you on our progress as we continue our Energy Conservation Campaign.

This first chart shows how we consumed energy, heat, and electric in 2007-2008 (green) all the way to 243,000 MMBTUs* for the year. Note the steep increases through our cold winter months. The purple(ish) line represents our consumption in this fiscal year to date. It looks about the same here, but when we zero in on the chart below, we see that we have consumed fewer MMBTUs this year when compared to this time last year.

Your efforts are working! While we started this Campaign using more energy than last year we've managed to get our consumption down by 3%. Don't laugh at 3%, that's a big difference in carbon. 217 metric tons saved simply by turning off some lights and reporting overheating, that's impressive! Keep up the good work and don't forget to share your suggestions with me as to how we can get that number lower les@stlawu.edu.

*Oh--What's an MMBTU, you ask? Think of it this way--it's a unit of energy equal to the calories from 560 chicken parmesan patties or approximately 75% of the chicken parmesan consumed at Dana each Thursday evening.

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