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03-07-2008

Clarkson University Senior Marissa Ainsworth to Attend President Clinton's Global Initiative University

Marissa N. Ainsworth of Gansevoort, N.Y., a senior at Clarkson University majoring in interdisciplinary engineering and management, has been selected to attend the inaugural meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at Tulane University in New Orleans March 14-16. Ainsworth is the daughter of Paul and Mary Ainsworth of Gansevoort.

Ainsworth is the first student from Clarkson University to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), comprising college students selected from across the country coming together to tackle global problems with innovative solutions. As part of the William J. Clinton Foundation, CGI brings together world leaders, NGOs, and the private sector to convert good intentions into meaningful action and tangible results.

I am passionate about the environment, says Ainsworth. "As a college student, I am exploring opportunities with an energy services company to help others reduce their energy consumption. Attending CGI-U will be a great opportunity to put my enthusiasm and knowledge into action."

Ainsworth says that she will return and implement her "commitment to action" plan to challenge each student club to explore one product that is currently used by Clarkson and determine if there is a more sustainable alternative that can be used.

Much like the annual summit of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together business and political leaders to discuss a range of world issues, the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative University invites students and college officials to make a commitment on their campuses in one of four areas: energy and climate change, global health, human rights, and peace and poverty alleviation.

Five hundred to 600 students are expected at the three-day event, which features sessions and panels about the global issues identified by Clinton's foundation. President Clinton is scheduled to give the opening and closing remarks.

On the last day of the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a service learning project at the Make it Right site in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, assisting in landscaping the neighborhood in preparation for the groundbreaking of the Make it Right construction process.

Upon graduation in May, Ainsworth has accepted a position with TAC Energy Solutions in Dallas, Texas, as an energy solutions sales representative, specializing in performance contracting, which offers clients an energy efficient means of improving buildings and maintaining facilities.

[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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