Environmental Action Organization

Barn Good Thrift Store

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


Closed for the Summer: check back in August for Fall Semester Store Hours

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. 

New Green Bikes Selected

Green BikeThanks to our many bike testers!

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.

Check them out at ODY.

Happy Riding!

Environmental Action Organization (EAO) First Fall Meeting

Sykes Formal Lounge
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: 
Project Start Date: 
June 1, 2006

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'

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