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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
*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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It looks like the new meeting time will work for most everyone. Therefore, we will be meeting again at 7pm in Sykes formal lounge on Wednesday. AND please, if you absolutely can not make the new time, email back so that we know and can work on that issue.
Last Wednesday we had our first meeting under the new administration! For now we are going to keep our original sub-groups they are: facilities, lifestyles and climate change. We are trying to become more active! So everyone who found something to do for their sub-group, get it done. Also, if you can find the time, take a look at the green pages so we can all be more efficient in our ideas and actions.
-new time = Wednesday 7pm sykes formal lounge
-accomplish your sub-group task
-go on the green pages. check it out!
-as always, talk to peeps about what we are doing
Things for the calendar:
-03/28/09 lights out hours
-04/24-25/09 SUNY-Canton energy fair
-04/24-26/09 Spring Fest