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Clarkson's Sustainability Plan

In 2014 President Tony Collins signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. In 2015 the commitments were changed to a more robust commitment now named the Climate Leadership Commitment under the direction of the nonprofit organization Second Nature. Tony Collins was one of the first university presidents to sign this updated commitment. As part of the commitment, Clarkson is developing both a Climate Action Plan for mitigating greenhouse gases, a Climate Resilience Plan for leading our community as we adapt to climate change, and a Solid Waste Plan to better manage solid waste.

Clarkson's Race to Zero Climate Action Plan was developed by the ISE with significant support from facilities, finance and student life offices.  The completed plan strives for climate neutrality by 2025. Approving this aspirational plan, helps us set priorities and criteria for many construction and energy projects to assure that we select options that will reduce our electricity and heating fuel use through highly efficient mechanical equipment, smart control systems and human behavior that values conservation.  Recent and current renovation projects and the installation of additional electric meters are already moving our campus in the direction needed to meet the Race to Zero goals. The human element of this plan will require all of us to consider sustainability within our jobs and campus life as we travel, turn unused equipment off, or chose the goods that we purchase.

Below is our current plan for re-thinking Clarkson's sustainability: 

Sustainability Planning

The idea is to link Clarkson's inputs and outputs in a way that harmonizes with the Potsdam and Northern New York Community. Our goal is to link Clarkson's output of solid waste, in the form of facilities management waste (construction and demolition), food waste, and residential and office wastes to the Potsdam community through activities such as anaerobic digestion and Take It or Leave It events. Additionally, we strive to source our food and energy inputs from the Northern New York and Potsdam community. Note, that energy is currently being derived from a Potsdam hydroelectric plant and Clarkson solar panels. 


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Learn about Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS):

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