Recent News

GMO Public Education Project

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are the subject of Caroline Winslow's blog for her ‘Environmental Communications' class. The junior in Dr. Jess Prody's class explains the issue, consequences and FDA regulations as well as sharing a nutritional cook book and shopping guide. The guide focuses on options for those eating on SLU's campus who want to avoid GMOs.

Check out Caroline's blog.

Barn Good Thrift Store Spring Semester Hours

Our campus' student-run Barn Good Thrift Store is located between 5 and 7 University Avenue.

Regular store hours for the Spring Semester:
Monday 4-6
Thursday 12-2
Friday 3-5

Lots of great finds, check it out!

Grant Supports Student Work to Reduce Plastic Water Bottles

The Environmental Action Organization (EAO), a student group has received funding to draw awareness and to help reduce the number of disposable plastic water bottles used across campus.

EAO submitted their proposal aimed at altering the campus culture at St. Lawrence and to reduce disposable water bottle usage to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I). NYSP2I is headquartered at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and is a partnership between RIT, Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University at Buffalo and the 10 New York State Regional Technology Development Centers. EAO's proposal was accepted, and the student organization will receive $1,000 to support their efforts.

The students' proposal builds on a 2012 Thelomathesian Society resolution, which supports policies that choose municipal water services over bottled water in an effort to support the University's commitment of achieving climate neutrality.

"We want to create a social awareness campaign on campus that tries to convince students not to buy bottled water," said Jeffrey Mogavero '16 of Havertown, Penn., who is co-president of EAO and was the lead author of the proposal. "Right now, people don't really think much about it or maybe they even think it's better and healthier than tap water. We hope this gets people thinking differently."

The group will continue its efforts during the spring semester, using some of its funding to purchase reusable water bottles, which they will hand out to students drinking from disposable water bottles. Students will also be asked to sign a pledge that they will refrain from purchasing disposable water bottles. In addition, funds will be used to purchase a filtered-water hydration station to be located near where bottled water is currently sold. EAO has also been invited to present their project at in exhibition at RIT in April.

New Residence Hall Includes Geothermal

The University's commitment to sustainability is a cornerstone of the residence hall project.

The 150-bed residence hall will be built to LEED standards, incorporating best practices for efficiency and green design and construction. The University will not apply for certification, using the savings from this expensive process to support funding additional sustainable initiatives such as the geothermal energy system.

Sustainability and 100-year building features in the new residence hall will include:

  • Minimal footprint, building up (3 and 4 stories) instead of out, on existing pavement
  • Standing seam metal roof
  • Single-hung, aluminum-clad, wood, low-E windows
  • Optimized use of natural light, particularly in meeting spaces
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling systems
  • Water-saving fixtures
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Geothermal energy system, hidden underground
  • Sustainable and low-maintenance landscaping
  • Preserved and added green space, including maintaining the full Quad

To learn more about the progress and see live video visit the New Residence Hall Website.