Get Funds for your Sustainability Projects
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.
Clarkson University established a 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. Additional funds from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) supported projects in the Spring 2012 semester. Students receiving these fund presented their work at a Green Your Campus Sustainability Competition in April 2012. A Clarkson team received the first place award for their project on occupancy sensors in dormitory hallways.
Project proposals are solicited in the Fall semester and selected for funding by the Campus Sustainability Committee based on their potential impact and probability of success. The successful projects and their team leaders in AY 2012 are identified below. A brief synopsis of example projects is also available.
Motion Detected, Jason Cocca (sophomore, Mechanical Engrg.);
Dormitory Motion Sensor Lighting* Jeannie Piekarz (MS Electrical Engrg.);
Refrigerator Replacement Feasibility Study * Erin Corrigan (sophomore, Env. Science & Policy);
Wind Speed Analysis Wind Speed Analysis,* Dan Barron (junior, Civil Engrg.)
Campus Culture and Access to Sustainable Good:
Knight Bikes (bike sharing program), Alexander Cauwels (senior, Innovation & Entrepreneurship);
Golden Grown (on-campus local food sales), Kristen Cardella (freshman, business)
Solid Waste Reduction:
Increasing Recycling Rates, Emily Ball (MS Env. Science & Engrg.);
Food Waste Management for the Digester, Ashley Waldron (senior, Civil Engrg.);
Feasibility Study for the Anaerobic Digestion of Clarkson Food Waste*, Stefan Grimberg (chair, Dept. Civil & Env. Engrg.);
Installation of Water Bottle Refill Stations*, Heather Masterson (junior, env. engrg.)
(projects with * received funding from the NYSP2I)
These projects were implemented in the Spring 2012 semester, so look for water bottle refilling stations, motion light sensors, local food, and recycle waste bins among other changes that resulted from the 2012 Sustainability Fund.
Graduate students David Illig (left) and Jeannie Piekarz display the team’s award-winning poster for their project “Dormitory Motion Sensor Lighting” at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute “Greening Your Campus” student competition.
2012-2013 Sustainability Fund
|Oct. 22||Proposals due electronically|
|Oct. 31||Short list of proposals announced|
|Nov. 26||Funded proposals announced|
|Dec - April||Projects completed|
|April 22||Project reports due|
2012 Recycling Project focused on student awareness