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September 2012

In this Issue:

October 24 is nationally recognized Campus Sustainability Day AND Food Day!

The Sustainable Office Certification Program Gears Up

Clarkson helping to make a difference in the region

The little things count too…

Campus to global communities benefit from Clarkson clubs and activities

What is new in convenience?

Read more in past issues of the Sustainability Newsletters


Lettuce grows all winter in our cold-climate greenhouse. 
Learn more during open houses – 11 am – 2 pm Oct. 24 and 27.


Earn green, gold or platinum sustainable office certification

get involved
Cast your vote for priorities for a cleaner and greener North Country region

water use ad

Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers...

**Raised more than $7 million and provided soldiers with more than 150 million minutes of free talk time

**Mails approximately 12,000 calling cards each week

**Recycled more than 10 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills


Link to Full Newsletter Online

Newsletter to report about Campus Sustainability

When the Institute for a Sustainable Environment was established in April 2010. President Collins stated that we will… “build sustainability into everything we do at Clarkson.

And more recently (9/24/12) – his call to “Act locally for a global reason” stresses the impact that our local actions have worldwide.

EVERYBODY needs to be involved to meet President Collins’ goal. This month’s newsletter highlights ways that ALL members of the Clarkson Community can find a way to become involved in local sustainability efforts.  

October 24 is nationally recognized Campus Sustainability Day AND Food Day!

Join us for a week-long series of events to celebrate sustainability and learn more about our campus initiatives.  Events include:

Oct 17. 2-4pm:  Sustainable Iron Chef competition in the Student Center Forum – register to enter a team or just stop by to watch this rowdy and fast pace cooking effort. Samples of Adirondack Kitchen products will be available to everyone for taste testing

Oct. 20 2:30-4 pm: Munter Trail System Dedication – Join us by the canoe house to celebrate our revitalized waterfront

Oct. 22. 1pm: Michael Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen will speak about food sustainability on college campuses (via webcam). Student Center MPR A

Oct. 23. 4-8pm: Clarkson Dining Services presents a Local Food Dinner - Ro-Bro Cafeteria. Learn more about local food purchases. 

Oct 24: Wear your green! Double your Clarkson spirit by wearing green for both sustainability and pride in our Golden Knights.

Oct. 24. 11am – 2pm:  Greenhouse/digester open house – Come see what students are doing to grow produce in a cold climate greenhouse and manage food waste in an anaerobic digester.  (west end of Cheel)

Oct. 24-27: Take a tour of campus sustainability initiatives with the Eco Scavenger Hunt.  The winner will receive a goodie bag of green living supplies. 

Oct. 27, 11am – 2 pm: Repeat of Greenhouse/digester open house, with introductory presentations every half hour in Cheel Commons

The Sustainable Office Certification Program Gears Up

Have you noticed the stickers on many office doors noting that the office is “Green Knight Certified Sustainable”?  Join the ranks of offices that have carefully considered their practices to rethink waste, power down, get up and move and more.   Requirements for the Green or Gold Knight Certification Levels and the application process are all on-line.  This is a great chance to challenge your office mates to improve some of your procedures.

Does your office do even better than this? Join our Marketing and External Relations office, at the Platinum Knight Certification level.  This award recognizes their efforts to truly bring sustainability into everything they do.  For example, they use recycled paper and soy inks in printed materials, create digital publications and maintain the web site for paperless communication, and they utilize waste materials from the office for use in recycled art.

Our goals are high – we are looking for your commitment by certifying 80% of administrative offices and 50% of faculty offices by FY14.  Do you need help? Have Questions?  email or contact (and thank!) the Green Office committee members: Theresa Ferero, Janessa Scott, Susan Cutler or Lorraine Hicks.

Get funds for projects you think will improve campus sustainability

Do you have ideas for projects or activities that would help to integrate sustainability principles and practices into everything we do at Clarkson?  An annual opportunity is available to share your ideas and willingness to implement them. Last year’s projects ranged from recycling awareness to refrigerator replacement.

Clarkson University established the Sustainability Fund in 2011 to support campus wide sustainability projects that are initiated by students or staff.  The $25,000/year fund, enables members of our community to engage in the process of making our campus more environmentally, socially and fiscally sustainable. Proposals are due October 22.  The complete request for proposals, past reports and project ideas are available on-line.

Clarkson helping to make a difference in the region

Did you know that Clarkson President Tony Collins is leading economic development initiatives in the region?  As co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, he helped to ensure that sustainability and the environment are key (and statewide differentiating) parts of our region’s vision for growth.  Clarkson’s Profs. Bird and Powers are among hundreds of experts from across the region contributing to the development of the Homegrown Sustainability Plan.  The plan will include a greenhouse gas inventory, develop sustainability indicators, identify projects and construct an overall plan that will assist the region in meeting its targets for economic development and greenhouse gas reduction.  Input from all residents of the seven-county region is sought through an on-line survey (it’s quick!).  So cast your vote to share your ideas and priorities for the future of this region.

The little things count too…

There are a lot of opportunities to take part in many little actions that collectively contribute to real changes in the sustainability of our campus.  A few highlights -

  • ECO is selling water bottles – noon hour most days in the Student Center – do your part by refilling rather than buying and disposing water bottles
  • Used batteries and cell phones are collected at the Student Center information desk, the Quad laundry room and ERC atrium.  Staff member Jill LaCoss donates the cell phones collected on campus to Cellphones for Soldiers as part of our campus’ commitment to supporting troops overseas.
  • Wash in cold water! Our vendor Mac-Grey provides the best of high efficiency washers and driers in our laundry rooms.  But we can save even more hot water by selecting the “bright” wash options for all your loads.

Campus to global communities benefit from Clarkson clubs and activities

Join the activities to make a difference!

ECO (Environmental Conservation Organization) – meets 6 pm Thursdays in the ERC Presidents Conference Room

Sustainable Synergy meets Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm C194 

Engineers without Borders- first and third Thursday, Contact Chris for more information.

Sustainable Remediation Forum- 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm in Snell 175

NYWEA – Contact Eric for details (NY Water Environment Assoc.)

What is new in convenience?

Did you know that the “P.O.D.” market in the lower level of the Student Center stands for “Provisions on Demand”? To fulfill the store’s promise of providing food and other necessities, we have updated the merchandise to make convenience food purchases healthier and more sustainable as requested through customer preferences and DiningStyles survey feedback. Check out our expanded display of gluten-free offerings, refrigerated vegetarian entrées and Adirondack Kitchen products.

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