With your help we’ve selected the new cruiser style bike for our Green Bikes Program, the Kona Africa Bike One; the sleek black model with the front basket and convenient built-in lock. Smooth ride and a place to stash things and yet it gets even better, for every two bikes we ordered (and we have seven) one bike is donated to people in sub-Saharan Africa.
The 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.
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
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 email@example.com
We anticipate having printing quotas in place by Fall 2009. Have questions? Check out 'Pay for Print FAQs'
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.