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02-19-2016

Clarkson University's Backus Appointed to U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Market Leadership Advisory Board

Clarkson University's Erik C. Backus has been appointed to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) New York Upstate Market Leadership Advisory Board.

Erik BackusBackus, the Howard E. Lechler Endowed director of Construction Engineering Management (CEM) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, says he will bring a passion for sustainability in the build environment to his new role.

"Buildings and infrastructure have a dramatic impact on our planet," said Backus, who is also an affiliate faculty member of Clarkson's Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE). "Buildings contribute some 38 percent of carbon emissions and use the lion's share of electrical power. If we are to build a sustainable future, and combat the ill effects of climate change in our communities, we need to build better."

Backus’ appointment on the Market Leadership Advisory Board will enable him to help shape the future of sustainable construction in Upstate New York and beyond.

"As we educate students in the means, methods and technology involved in the Construction industry, the Clarkson CEM program seeks to inculcate a sense of care for the triple bottom line," he said.

The USGBC is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way that has never been seen before. The USGBC is a diverse group of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofits, teachers and students, lawmakers and citizens that share the same vision of a sustainable built environment for all within the next generation.

The New York Upstate chapter promotes environmentally responsible, healthy and profitable places to live, work, learn, shop, and heal in 53 counties across New York State.

Clarkson University, a member of the USGBC, is a leader in sustainability education and offers numerous opportunities for its graduates to make positive impacts in our economy and the environment.

"Clarkson and the Institute for a Sustainable Environment provide educational and research resources that are making a real difference around the world, but also locally here in New York State," said Susan E. Powers, the Jean '79 and Robert '79 Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems and interim director of the ISE.

For more information about the USGBC New York Upstate chapter, visit http://www.usgbc.org/chapters/usgbc-new-york-upstate .

For more information about Clarkson's ISE, visit http://clarkson.edu/green .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences, education and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ebackus.jpg .]

[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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