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05-12-1998

Clarkson Grads Green Around The Gowns

Potsdam, N.Y. – As Kermit the Frog says, "It's not easy being green." But 70 graduating seniors at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and Roger W. Sant, who is receiving an honorary degree with the students on Sunday, are doing just that.

Sant, who is chairman of the board of the AES Corporation and chair of the board of the World Wildlife Fund U.S., is receiving an honorary degree for being green in his own way– in this case for his dynamic public role in developing responsible environmental and wildlife preservation.

The small student club at the predominately engineering school undertakes several activities each year out of concern for the environment. They drew up and promoted the agreement to make a lasting environmental statement through the 1998 graduating class. The contracts ask seniors to consider the environmental impacts of any job they will hold throughout their careers.

The AES Corporation, a leading global power company which Roger Sant co-founded in 1981, is dedicated to providing electricity worldwide in a socially responsible way. Since 1994, Sant has also chaired the Board of World Wildlife Fund U.S., a major conservation organization dedicated to leaving future generations a living planet. Sant is also co-author of Creating Abundance– America's Least-Cost Energy Strategy and numerous articles and publications on energy conservation.

Throughout his career, Sant has been at the forefront in the efficient and economical development of energy resources and in promoting increased global awareness through his tireless efforts to publicize and address concerns on energy utilization, environmental conservation and wildlife protection.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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