Leading Green College Campuses with St. Lawrence University’s Macreena Doyle

October 8, 2010

St. Lawrence University sits in a picturesque setting in Upstate New York on an eco-friendly, 1,000-acre campus. Long considered one of the greenest universities in America, St. Lawrence has had an environmental studies program since the mid-1970s, well before most schools would have considered such curriculum. “We really consider the Adirondack region to be our laboratory,” says Macreena Doyle, Coordinator of News Services at the university. Students explore the land around campus, the university has long purchased renewable energy credits and its newer buildings have secured LEED certification. The campus and surrounding village try to impact the land as little as possible. The university offers an off-the-grid program that teaches students how to “take a break” from normal, fast-paced life. There is even a “green audit” system for students to see how sustainably they are living on campus that offers suggestions on greening day-to-day life.