Environmental Action Organization

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: 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 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  

New York Negawatt Challenge

All student residences
February 14, 2014 - March 7, 2014

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

Members of the NY6, Colgate, Hobart and Williams Smith, Union and Hamilton compete with St. Lawrence to see which school can reduce the most electricity in their student residences over a three week period.  Students will also compete on campus for greatest reductions between dorms and theme/town houses.

The third year of the NY Negawatt Challenge runs from February 14 - March 7.

Learn more about the competition and the dashboard that makes it possible.  

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.

Power Shift 2013

Pittsburgh, PA
October 18, 2013 - October 21, 2013

"This fall, 10,000+ youth leaders will converge in Pittsburgh, PA to fight for our future.

Together we'll build the movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, build a clean energy future, and stop the climate crisis."

Power Shift 2013

To join the movement, contact David Smith for information on how St. Lawrence students will be involved.

Do the Math St. Lawrence

Hepburn 218
April 21, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Environmental Action Organization will be hosting a movie premier showing a new 350.org documentary called, "Do the Math".

This 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.

Contact David Smith for more information.

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