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03-20-2008

Clarkson University Joins U.S. Green Building Council

Clarkson University has become a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, continuing its role as an environmental leader and expanding its commitment for faculty and students to create, adapt and manage emerging green technologies.

The announcement of membership comes just before final consideration by the Empire State Development Board of the University's plan to design, build and operate an energy-efficient 195 kW microturbine system on campus to provide combined cooling, heat and power for a new Technology Advancement Center addition to the Cora and Bayard Clarkson Science Center Building. The system is the first alternative energy technology to be selected for the University's Energy to Education Park, which will feature different technologies with the dual purpose of educating students and providing energy for campus buildings.

Former Senator Wright was among the very first elected officials to push for public awareness of the emerging national energy crisis and was a true leader for renewable energy development across the State, said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "Senator Griffo has been very clear in his record of support for bringing new forms of alternative and renewable energy to the region. We thank our elected officials for their continued endorsement of Clarkson's learning curriculum, environmental research and collaborative partnerships to address the world's pressing issues in energy efficiency and alternative power development."

With steel now in place on the construction site, Clarkson's Technology Advancement Center is a 15,000-square-foot wing to the Science Center. It is designed to be LEED certified and incorporates new green building features and sustainable materials. Designed in partnership with TMG Engineering, UTC Power and Carrier Corporation, Clarkson's microturbine system for combined cooling, heating and power is a critical teaching and public awareness tool, as well as adds a highly efficient component to the campus power grid infrastructure.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation's leading organization to advance green building and is best known as the developer and administrator of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Membership in the USGBC gives all Clarkson faculty, staff and students access to the latest information and research, as well as educational and professional development programs and workshops offered by the organization.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[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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