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  • Clarkson Avenue refinished to promote safe bike commuting

    Clarkson Avenue refinished to promote safe bike commuting

  • Over 200 acres established as "Forever Wild"

    Over 200 acres of forest and wetlands on Clarkson’s campus are valued as “Forever Wild”

  • Local and campus-grown food featured at Graduation Dinner

    Local and campus-grown food featured at Graduation Dinner

  • October 22 – National Campus Sustainability Day

    Visit our new Solar PV Installation

    Noon – 1pm – Tour the new 2-MW Solar PV installation and Prof. Ken Visser’s wind turbine research site at the Potsdam airport (Rt 11b east of the village, just past the airport driveway; carpooling recommended, but not formally organized)

    Clarkson Serves!

    Volunteer for campus - Help with trail maintenance and trail marking in the Clarkson Woods.   Volunteer organization and job assignments start in the Adirondack Lodge. 9 am – noon.

    Sustainability Initiatives Poster Display

    Noon-5 pm, ERC atrium – Learn about some of the on-going sustainability projects and initiatives on campus.

    • $CORE - Teams of students conduct energy audits and improve energy efficiency in off-campus student housing (funded by Clarkson Sustainability Fund and the NYSP2I)
    • Food waste collection – A group of SYNERGY members provides food waste collection bins and collects waste from on-campus apartments to feed the anaerobic digester (funded by Clarkson Sustainability Fund and the NYSP2I)
    • Campus natural areas – An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students are working to improve access and learning opportunities throughout our campus’ natural areas.  Check out the map of the trail system and interactive displays that are being finalized. (funded by Clarkson Sustainability Fund)
    • Trees in Uganda – Students in the Sustainable Solutions in the Developing World minor are working with a CUSB microfinance project to establish a tree nursery in Uganda and transplant trees to sequester carbon.  This carbon will contribute to reducing Clarkson’s greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Solar PV – Learn about the 2-MW of solar power currently being installed to generate clean electricity for campus and provide operations data for classroom use.  A representative from Community Energy Solar will be available to discuss the project
    • Socially Responsible investing – A survey of campus earlier this semester provided an understanding of what SRI values that are most important to our community.  These values will be used to define the SRI portfolio that will be initially established with $5 million of the endowment (~3%).
    • Greenhouse/digester- The campus greenhouse and digester project provide research and learning opportunities and innovation in cold-climate produce and food waste management.
    • The Adirondack Semester – This unique educational program provides a full semester of classes in residence in Saranac Lake and immersion in topics relevant to the sustaining the environment and communities of the Adirondack Park.
    • Devil’s Thumb Ranch  - A sustainability immersion class that includes two weeks travel to this eco-tourism ranch in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  The May 2015 trip will include analysis of efforts to operate entirely on renewable energy systems for heating and electricity.

    Climate Change Activism

    Student Center Forum from 4 to 6:30pm:  Hear from students who joined nearly 400,000 other peaceful demonstrators in NYC a few weeks ago to push for policies to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate and watch the documentary - Disruption. Disruption features some of the environmental movement’s top leaders; it calls for a new strategy to address the climate crisis: a public movement and uprising that forces world leaders to replace rhetoric with action.

    October 23 – To celebrate National Food Day

    Local foods dinner Ross Brooks 4:30-8 – Clarkson Dining Services is once again offering its Fall Harvest Local Foods dinner.  Come to the Ross-Brooks dining hall (4:30-8pm) for local beef, chicken, produce, cheese and apples all crafted into a delicious menu.

  • Sustainability Fund Projects Make a Difference
    It is time again to identify sustainability challenges and solutions for our campus. Clarkson’s $25,000 Sustainability Fund enables members of our community to engage in the process of making our campus more environmentally, socially and fiscally sustainable.  Complete details on how to pitch your idea and write and submit a proposal to receive grant funding are available at

  • Sustainability Newsletters - Check out archived Newsletter 
  • They're here! Zipcars for your occasional driving needs
  • Clarkson Endowment goes Green – As CU moves some of its endowments funds into a Socially Responsible Investment fund, help us decide what sustainability values are most important to our campus community.  Vote through our short survey -