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10-17-2014

Clarkson University Celebrates Campus Sustainability Day, Food Day on Oct. 22, 23

Clarkson University is joining hundreds of institutions from across the country to celebrate Campus Sustainability Day and Food Day.

Clarkson University students plant trees at Devil's Thumb Ranch. A sustainability immersion class includes two weeks travel to this eco-tourism ranch in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.A series of events on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22 and 23, are scheduled to celebrate campus sustainability. The events will highlight progress the Clarkson community is making to increase the sustainability of its culture, operations and education.

Campus Sustainability Day Activities

Volunteers hit the trail for Campus Sustainability Day the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 22, to help with trail maintenance and trail marking in the Clarkson woods. This effort completes an interdisciplinary 2014 Sustainability Fund project organized by Professor and Chair of Biology Tom Langen. The team worked to map trails and identification of sites on campus of historical and ecological significance.

Later that day, students will have the opportunity to tour Clarkson's renewable energy park from noon to 1 p.m. Property on the east side of the Potsdam Municipal Airport includes a new 2-megawatt solar photovoltaic installation and Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Ken Visser's wind turbine research site.

Posters illustrating sustainability initiatives will be displayed from noon to 5 p.m. in the Educational Resources Center (ERC) atrium. Projects highlighted include food waste collection, socially responsible investing, and the new solar photovoltaic array, as well as the Adirondack Semester and Devil's Thumb Ranch education programs.

Students who recently joined nearly 400,000 other peaceful demonstrations for climate change activism in New York City will gather from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Center Forum to share how they pushed for policies to adapt to a changing climate. The students also will screen the 350.org documentary, "Disruption," which features some of the environmental movement's top leaders and calls for a public movement to address the climate crisis. This event is sponsored by the Environmental Conservation Organization.

Local Foods Dinner for Food Day

Campus Sustainability Week continues as Clarkson celebrates National Food Day on Thursday, Oct. 23, with a Fall Harvest Local Foods Dinner. The campus community is invited to dine on a menu of local beef, chicken, produce, cheese and apples from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in Ross-Brooks Dining Hall. The cost of the dinner is $13.58 for those who are not on the meal plan.

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. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., 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 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences 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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University students plant trees at Devil's Thumb Ranch. A sustainability immersion class includes two weeks travel to this eco-tourism ranch in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

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

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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