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Sustainable Campus Operations

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Operating a University in a manner to reduce our environmental footprint and maximize social and economic benefits within our region require that all offices and operations consider sustainability of their practices. From the dining service offering vegetarian and local foods to the facilities staff improving the insulation of our buildings, every aspect of our campus operation is working to integrate sustainability principles. Some recent highlights include:

  • Sustainable Office Certification program implemented with over 40 offices currently certified
  • On-going lighting upgrades with a less than two year payback period include over 60,000 new T8 fluorescent and outdoor LED bulbs throughout campus
  • Greenhouse gas inventory completed that shows a 25% reduction in total GHG emissions since our baseline year of 2005
  • Riverfront property redevelopment project on-going to value and utilize our natural resources
  • Special meals and the lively Sustainable Iron Chef competition each semester to celebrate local foods.
  • Employee wellness program initiated to sustain the productivity of our community

Solar PV

The 2 MW solar PV installation at the Potsdam airport is generating approximately 10% of Clarkson’s electricity demand.  The energy dashboard provides real-time power production and cumulative energy generation More detailed archived data is available for education and research purposes. Please contact for access details.

Car Charging Station
CUSB faculty Boris Jukic and Mike Wasserman take the lead on buying EVs!

Clarkson University has accepted the U.S. DOE's Workplace Charging Challenge Pledge to further promote the use of our EV charging station on campus. The DOE's goal is to work with employers across the country to enable the U.S. to produce plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that are as affordable and convenient as gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022. Learn more about the DOE's EVs Everywhere program and use our own EV station. Have you used the charging station? Let us know!

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"Clarkson Celebrates Going Green": For
more information please click HERE