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.
The Environmental Action Organization will be hosting a movie premier
showing a new 350.org documentary called, "Do the Math".
documentary is about the rising movement to change the terrifying math
of the climate crisis and fight the fossil fuel industry. Afterwhich
there will be a live video chat of the nations leading
environmentalists. Finally, we will conclude with a conversation on
what we can do as a community to make a change.
February, 17, 2013, eleven St. Lawrence students joined with 50,000 activists
in Washington D.C. to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. The approval of this
pipeline is not a political decision, it is ethical. David Smith'15 (Environmental Studies/Geology major), participated
in the protest and will recount his experiences and present on what is known
about the project and approval process and arguments for and against the
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