Sustainability Committee

Climate: CHANGE - Democracy in Action

St. Lawrence University's Third Climate Forum, "Climate: CHANGE - Democracy in Action," will be held September 17-19, 2013. The Forum has three primary goals:

1. To educate our community about climate change
2. To encourage action on climate change issues
3. To move St. Lawrence toward carbon neutrality

Full Schedule and Presenter Bios 

Tuesday through Thursday, ODY Library and Griffiths Arts Center: Art exhibition by Franke James, artist, author and activist focused on the environment, ethics and social justice, shows her visual essays and art work.

Tuesday, September 17th:

2:30pm Eben Holden Ground Floor Conference Room: "Campaign Styrategy & Tactics for the Environmental Activist" presented by KC Alvey, New York, New Jersey & Connecticut Fossil Free Organizer,

7pm Eben Holden: Tim DeChristopher "Climate Change, Democracy and Personal Action" DeChristopher is a climate activist who spent 21 months in prison for trying to block the sale of public lands in Utah. He is the co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising.

Wednesday, September 18th:
2pm Student Center Hannon Room: “The Unsustainable Diet – going against the grain" presentation by Jerry Bartlett

3pm Student Center Hannon Room: "GREEN Careers" Environmental careers stories from experienced pros, and advice on your prospects with Andrea Ferro, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, Clarkson University; Alan Schwartz, professor and founder of the environmental studies program at St. Lawrence University; Hal Thomas ‘74, environmental attorney

4pm Student Center Hannon Room: $CORE Presentation led by students from Clarkson University’s Sustainable SYNERGY club who are initiating a program, $CORE (Student and Community Outreach on Rental Efficiency), this session will include discussion about student experiences in off-campus housing and older on-campus theme housing and ways to educate students about energy efficiency. The $CORE program aims to increase the water and energy efficiency in off-campus student housing.

7pm Eben Holden: Franke James "A Good Conscience is Hard to Ignore. Use it to Change the Climate." James is a Toronto-based artist, author and activist. In addition to her lecture, her work will be displayed in ODY library and the Griffiths Art Center.

Thursday, September 19th:
2pm Student Center Hannon Room: "Zero Net Energy Homes - A Vision for the Future" Dr. Mel Tyree, professor of renewable resources, University of Alberta.

4pm Student Center Hannon Room: "Climate Change Policy Going Forward: U.S., China, The World" panel discussion with Stephen Bird, assistant professor of political science Clarkson University; Dan Dudek, vice president, Environmental Defense Fund; Jon Rosales, assistant professor of environmental studies, St. Lawrence University.

7pm Eben Holden: Jack Hébert "Living Future at the Top of the World" Hébert is president of Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. He designs and builds energy-efficient homes in interior Alaska.

Full Schedule and Presenter Bios  

Through classroom visits, broad campus addresses, and panel discussions, we hope to evoke thought and action on the subject of climate change across our campus and in the surrounding community. All lectures and presentations are open to the public.


Visitor parking is available in Lots J, D and H. Click here for a map of campus locations.

Climate Action Plan Work Plan 2013-2014

As part of St. Lawrence University's Climate Action Plan, Work Plans are designed to provide detailed information on short-term mitigation projects and updates on the progress of long-term projects.  Developing plans on shorter timeframes allows for greater detail on emissions savings; more accurate financial costs; the most relevant curricular change and behavior change campaigns; and appropriate communication tools to be included.

This, first, Work Plan is for the period 2013-2014 to follow the timeline and finances outlined in the new Facilities Master Plan.  This Work Plan was approved by the Campus Committee on Sustainability and Climate Neutrality in April 2013.

Residences to Compete Against Rivals to Reduce Electricity

Help St. Lawrence beat out the competition during the New York Negawatt Challenge, an electricity reduction competition for campus residence halls, a northeast component of Campus Conservation Nationals.

Use SLU's Dashboard to track your building's performance, tune in, unplug and make SLU proud!

Who: You, your roommate, your neighbor down the hall.  All students living in St. Lawrence owned residences; dorms; themes; townhouses.

What: Electricity reduction competition, compete against student residences at rivals Skidmore, Hamilton, Colgate and Hobart and Williams Smith to see who can reduce electricity use by the greatest percentage. 

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

When: Monday, February 11th through Monday, March 4th

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

Tips: Check out our green guide for electricity reduction tips

New York Negawatt Challenge

Help St. Lawrence beat out the competition during the New York Negawatt Challenge, an electricity reduction competition for campus residence halls, a northeast component of Campus Conservation Nationals.

From February 11th through March 4th all St. Lawrence student residences will compete against rivals Skidmore, Hamilton, Colgate and Hobart and Williams Smith to see who can reduce electricity use by the greatest percentage. 

Use our building dashboard to track your building's performance, tune in, unplug and make SLU proud.

Campus Committee for Sustainability and Climate Neutrality

CCSCN Meeting
September 14, 2012
SC 336  2:00-3:00

In attendance: Jon Rosales, Neil Law (co-chairs), Dan Seaman, Rick Scott, Louise Gava, Kathleen Buckley            

Co-Chair's Report   

The committee met for the first time to outline the workload and agenda for the academic year.

The committee will meet on Fridays, at 2 pm, unless notified. Louise will not be able to meet in the second half of the semester, as she will be teaching

Rosales suggested that the committee focus on doing two elements of our charge well this year:

1.  Communicate more effectively with the campus
2.  More actively coordinate sustainability activities

Strategies to accomplish these two will be developed in subsequent meetings.


Neal Law had several questions for Dan Seaman about the Master Plan.

Dan suggested we attend the meeting about the Master Plan to hear more about the progress.

Plans for a new residence hall have been split from the master plan.  An architect and construction company will be chosen this fall and they will explore potential sites versus costs.  The hope is that the building will be geothermal (and expand the geothermal system to include additional buildings), which could decrease our carbon footprint.

Two alumni have started a green roof company near Boston with a focus on food roofs.  

Jon: NYSERDA has feasibility grant money for looking at district heating.  We might want to look at this. Imagining a broader solution for our community might be timely.  One issue is the time it takes for a full conversation to make this happen.

Louise: Princeton Review and College Prowler - some of our students are saying we are not following through with our green commitments. 

Next meetings

9/28   Meet new students assigned by THELMO to this committee.
Continue our discussion of the Master Plan in lieu of Sarasota Associates' presentation to the campus community.

10/3 or 10/5 Joint meeting with Buildings, Grounds and Campus Support Committee to discuss Master Plan. BGCS has been contacted to ask what day they would like to meet.

10/19 Louise Gava or Cathy Shrady to update the committee on the Sustainability Semester Start discussion on a communication strategy of the Climate Action Plan

Other meeting dates: 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14

Campus Committee for Sustainability and Climate Neutrality

CCSCN Meeting
February 10, 2012
Johnson Hall of Science Rm 309

Present: Kathleen Buckley, Nick DeFilippis, Ben Dixon, Louise Gava, Matthias Nevins, Jon Rosales, Dan Seaman, Cathy Shrady and Rick Scott

SLUBAYMAX (web version of SLUBAY)- Eric Williams-Bergen

  • Maybe this committee might want to oversee keeping this site a vital community resource. Gave us an overview of this site
  • Would need to develop terms of use and need someone to shepherd some control of SLUBAY
  • It gets people thinking about how we live as a community. We could potentially build a suite of community resources. It could include services as well a ride pod might be another possibility

Thoughts from the committee:
Jon - could we track greenhouse gases?
Eric - certainly we could would the ride board and perhaps with reusing items
Nick - and it will decrease the amount of trash and keeps items local and we save shipping

The question for our committee:  Would we be willing to help guide the development of the terms of use policy and assist in introducing this to the community?

  • This is a next step as a digital community-building tool
  • Faculty council is excited about this as well
  • We could have a group test the platform before releasing it campus wide

The role of students: the question is whether it needs to be a segregated version given the potential interactions of faculty/staff and students

  • But the students could adapt this for student use
  • There are financial/liability issues when you cross lines
  • Connect it with the Barn Thrift Shop
  • Could use it to advertise the sustainability "tip of the day" on the site
  • Eric would like to have students involved in transferring to the student arena
  • Matthias seemed interested and would be willing to sit in on the meeting with Lisa Cania

Jon- Could we make some estimates of carbon reduction and include this in our calculations?
Eric - We could run contests - join our ride board and use it for a month and be eligible for a drawing help encourage alternatives to single person vehicle use
Jon - Perhaps add a question like - would you have taken this trip if it weren't for the ride pod (so you have a baseline and the trip isn't counted as savings if it was an extra trip)

Facilities Master Plan- Dan Seaman

  • 20 people invited to be part of the advisory committee for the facilities master plan
  • 2 hour meeting just recently; introduced the project planning team, goals, priorities and expectations and talked about how the climate action plan factored into the master plan
  • Will address the Alumni council tomorrow as well
  • Handed out the questions posed to the advisory committee, department chairs and VPs and handed out the Scope of Services related to the Master Plan
  • Matthias - some Thelmo members are interested in energy efficiency issues and the new Thelmo Environmental Conservation Chair, Andrew Skaggs, will meet with Louise next week

ADD Andrew to the email list for this committee

Jon- How to involve this committee in the discussion of the Master Plan?  Homework, handed out the first work plan that was developed as a means of discussing whether there is anything in the plan that we want to suggest to the Master Planning team - read for our next meeting

New York Negawatt Challenge- Louise Gava

  • The Dashboard 2.0 just launched and is still loading slow
  • The campaign to win the competition is moving forward on many fronts

e.g. "Do it in the dark" shirts
Skit at the Colgate hockey game on Friday the 17th


Next Meeting:  February 24, 2012    SC 336
Dan, Rick and Ben will be unable to attend
Aileen O'Donoghue will present at our next meeting

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