Clarkson University has committed to including sustainability in everything we do. We value our natural environment and the social wellbeing of our students, employees and broader Northern New York community. Our University mission, vision and values statements were revised in 2011 to truly integrate sustainability principles and practices into all of our operations, academic and student life related activities. Further support of this commitment was made by President Tony Collins in April 2014 when he signed the American College & University President's Climate Commitment.
Clarkson's 640 acre campus, which is located at the foothills of the Adirondacks, stretches from our 250-acre forever wild wooded area to the banks of the Raquette River, which has miles of walking and biking trails.
Clarkson has adopted green building policies, including a commitment to pursuing LEED Silver criteria on all current and future construction. As an example, the Technology Development Center (TAC), which was awarded LEED Gold Certification, has a high efficiency microturbine to provide heat and power, solar thermal water heat, rainwater collection and low flow toilets as a showcase for sustainable building design. The campus' student center is also certified by LEED at the Silver Level.
The Clarkson Institute for a Sustainable Environment provides a home for environmentally related academic programs, student activities and interdisciplinary research . Students work on a variety of campus, community and international sustainability projects and have received national accolades for projects ranging from electric snowmobiles to a high-tech campus greenhouse.