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Sustainability Incorporated into Online Campus Map

In an ongoing effort to promote sustainability at St. Lawrence University, the Office of University Communications has added a new sustainability section to its existing online campus map.

The new overlay to the existing campus map identifies areas on campus that promote sustainability, including low-mow zones, the Green Bikes Program, an electric-vehicle charging station, a Permaculture Garden, and more.

One area of significant sustainability surrounds the Johnson Hall of Science, a 115,000-square-foot building dedicated in Fall 2007 and the first science facility in New York to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Tom Greene, professor of psychology, was influential in the design of the Johnson Hall of Science and helped to spearhead the sustainability map. Greene, who had served as the Coordinator of User-Facilities Planning, said the building took cues from students at the time.

“A student, Melissa (Henrichon) Fellows (’01), presented a white paper back in the early 2000s on LEED-certified buildings, which went on to help inform the design of the building with large windows which reflect infrared, the ‘Courtyard of the Sun’, and making it a hypoallergenic building,” Greene said. “Another student helped to design the Rain Garden, which includes a swale ditch made up of native vegetation, rocks the Geology Department identified, and rainwater that’s purified by plant roots. It might look untamed, but mowing or fertilizing would poison the groundwater and defeat its purpose.”

Also included in the new sustainability map is information on the campus’ newest building, Kirk Douglas Hall. Completed in 2014 and built to LEED standards, the 155-bed residence hall includes geothermal wells, which provide environmentally clean and energy-efficient heating and cooling to the building.

The new map even highlights the Barn Good Thrift Store. The initiative began in 2005, when several students teamed up with the Conservation Council and Facilities Operations to create a reuse program. Now, rather than tossing used clothing, books, small appliances and school supplies into dumpsters, students can instead donate items to the store, where they are cleaned up and sold to new students for reuse.

View all the sustainability features of St. Lawrence University’s campus by visiting www.stlawu.edu/campus-map and selecting the Sustainability layer.