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04-16-2015

Princeton Review: Clarkson University One of Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges in U.S. and Canada

Clarkson University is one of the most environmentally responsible "green" colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

The Clarkson University Student CenterThe company selected Clarkson for inclusion in the just-released sixth-annual annual edition of its free, downloadable guide, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition."

Clarkson has a number of convention-defying environmental initiatives, including an innovative and integrated greenhouse to grow vegetables in cold climates, coupled with an anaerobic digester to convert food waste to energy and fertilizer.

Students learn how to integrate sustainability concepts into their lives and professions through a variety of curricular and extra-curricular programs. Most majors offer classes that are related to sustainability concepts and all students can direct their course choices to focus on sustainability by completing a minor in sustainable energy systems engineering or sustainable solutions for the developing world.

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Clarkson has also adopted green building policies, such as a commitment to meeting at least LEED Silver criteria on all current and future construction. Its Technology Advancement Center has achieved LEED Gold certification and its Student Center has achieved LEED Silver.

In 2014, Clarkson became a signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Major recent changes to meet the requirements of this commitment include a change in their source of electricity and efficiency of electricity that will substantially reduce the use of electricity generated from fossil fuels.

Clarkson partnered with Community Energy Solar to receive funding from NYSERDA for the installation of a 2 megawatt solar photovoltaic system on Clarkson property. On-going efforts also include buying more small-scale hydroelectricity and rebuild the air chilling and ventilation system in the academic buildings on campus. It is expected that these actions will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from electricity by as much as 25 percent.

Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment sponsors workshops, seminars, and a small grants program, as well as undergraduate- and graduate-level research experiences on a variety of projects around renewable energy, clean water, and air quality. A new Sustainable Office Certification program has engaged more than a third of faculty and staff in challenges to reduce their energy and other resource use associated with their jobs.

Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment Philip K. Hopke, along with Associate Director of Sustainability Susan E. Powers, the Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems, help build sustainable practices into every aspect of campus life.  

"It is gratifying to see these efforts recognized by The Princeton Review and we can expect increased recognition going forward as our campus-wide efforts are recognized and we move to fulfill the commitments made in the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment,” says Powers. "We look forward to continually improving our campus sustainability and using those opportunities to educate Clarkson students to be pro-active and leaders in the integration of sustainability in their professions.”

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges" profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. The profiles in the guide give college applicants information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats.

"Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in our '2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 61percent told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher. "We strongly recommend Clarkson University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges."

The free 218-page guide can be downloaded at http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide .

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: The Princeton Review has named Clarkson University one of the most environmentally responsible "green" colleges and selected it for inclusion in the "The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition." Above, the Clarkson Student Center, which has achieved LEED Silver certification.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/student-center-2.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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