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
When: Friday, February 14th to Friday, March 7th
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 wining residence and the winning theme/town house will receive
a pub cookie or equivalent cookie for each resident.The winning University gets bragging rights!
Tips: Check out our green guide for electricity reduction
Q. 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
Q. 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
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.
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
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
"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
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.
University's commitment to sustainability is a cornerstone of the residence
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
Sustainability and 100-year building features in the new residence hall will
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
High-efficiency heating and cooling systems
Geothermal energy system, hidden underground
Sustainable and low-maintenance landscaping
Preserved and added green space, including maintaining
the full Quad