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New York Negawatt Challenge

Use SLU's Dashboard to help reduce your residence's electricity use-make SLU Green-win a prize!

Who: You, your roommate, your neighbor down the hall.  All students living in St. Lawrence owned residences; dorms; themes; townhouses.  All students living at Colgate, Hamilton, Union and Hobart and William Smith Colleges!

What: Electricity reduction competition, compete with other residences and Universities to see who can reduce their electricity usage the most over a three week period.  Dorms compete against other dorms and themes and townhouses compete against each other.

Where: Your dorm room, common room, bathroom, kitchen, townhouse and theme house

When: Wednesday, October 29th to Wednesday, November 19th

Why: Behavior has a noticeable impact on utility usage in buildings.  During the period of the competition students will be encouraged to find fun and creative ways to reduce their electricity usage through behavior changes that could be sustained for the rest of the semester.

Prizes: The winning University gets bragging rights!  The winning dorm and house get a pub cookie for each resident.

Tips: Check out our green guide for electricity reduction tips

I live in Dean Eaton, it is the biggest dorm won't my dorm use more electricity than a theme house or smaller residence?
A. Winners will be decided based on electricity usage in each residence compared to electricity usage in that residence during a period prior to the competition.  Residences are competing in two categories; dorms and theme/town houses. 

My room is too hot but I don't have a thermostat, how can I help win?
A. If a room or common space is overheated call the heating plant at 229-5205.  The competition is based only on electricity reduction; however reporting overheating is critical as we work toward our University energy reduction goals.

Q. I know it will be much harder to get everyone in my dorm involved in the competition; won't a smaller theme house be more likely to win?
A. Residences are competing in two categories; dorms and houses.  The dorm and house that reduce the most electricity, compared to their previous usage, will be the winners. 


Other Questions  

Barn Good Thrift Store Fall Semester Hours

Our campus' student-run Barn Good Thrift Store opens for the fall Monday, September 8th.

The store is located between 5 and 7 University Avenue.

Regular store hours for the Fall Semester:
Monday 12-2
Wednesday 4-6
Thursday 4-6

Lots of great finds, check it out!

Student Residences now have Single Stream Recycling

All student residence Recycling in BLUE containers; say goodbye to sorting!

Effective August 2014, paper, bottles, cans and cardboard recycling can be placed in the same recycling bins. St. Lawrence University has elected to transition all student residences to this method, called "single-stream recycling." The goal of the program is to increase the recycling rate by making recycling easier and hassle free through the collection of common recyclables in a single bin.

To reflect the changes in the recycling program, each student room has been equipped with a blue recycling can along with your regular black trash can with bag. The blue recycling can is for all recyclable material*, it is not for trash. All items in your blue recycling container are taken to the recycling center and all recyclable materials go into the blue recycling wheelie, please no trash in the blue wheelie. Please help us by keeping recyclable materials only in the blue wheelies and trash only in the other wheelies as indicated by the label above each.

Please help us make our recycling program a success. We appreciate your support and hope these changes make it easier for everyone to join in our campus recycling efforts.

Facilities Operations Recycling Team
Questions: 229-5601 OR

*Compact fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, ink/toner and electronic waste are all recyclable but NOT in the blue wheelie. These must be put in their own containers (found in recycling rooms), please talk to your custodian for recycling of all electronic waste.

Join SLU's ADK Youth Climate Summit Team

Are you interested in taking a leadership role in SLU's Climate Neutrality Journey?  Would you like to spend two intensive days learning and planning with fellow SLU students and staff and sharing best practices with Colleges and Universities from the Northeast?  Please consider joining the St. Lawrence team of the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit.

Who: A team of students and staff representing St. Lawrence University (as space is limited priority will be given to first and second year students, but all who are interested should contact Louise Gava)

What: Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Where: Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY

When: Wednesday, November 12th and Thursday, November 13th 

Why: "The Adirondack [region] educational institutions have the potential to be a model in the 21st century for students taking action to avoid a crisis and in the process save their schools and communities money.  The participating institutions will serve as models in energy efficiency, sustainable energy usage, building maintenance, landscaping & grounds management, school & community garden planning, and how to affect the current science curriculum in schools."

Perks: Great local food-two days of breakfast and lunch and one yummy dinner all for free; you get to spend quality time with other SLU students and staff who are passionate about issues of sustainability and climate change; you get to meet students and staff from other colleges working on these same issues; you get to visit the Wild Center for free

Outcomes: An action item(s) for this year will be decided by the group.  


Interest and Questions should be directed to SLU's ADK Youth Climate Summit 2014 Team Leader, Louise Gava.

Bike FixIt Stations on Campus

Tire low on air?  Seat in the wrong position?

Regrettably there is not a shop for either bike repair or rental in Canton, but thanks to funding provided by an innovation grant, St. Lawrence was able to install two self-contained outdoor repair stands (Dero Fixits).

The Fixits include a pump and a full complement of basic tools while doubling as a bike stand. They are located in two high traffic areas: at athletics under the front covered entrance to Augsbury and near Madill, the science library where Green Bikes are rented.  We are excited that these stations place the tools needed to make simple repairs at accessible locations for all riders at all times.

Tools can also be borrowed from the info desk at the Student Center.

If you have questions or notice damage to a Fixit station please contact Louise Gava, our Sustainability Coordinator.