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Energy & Climate

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Energy to operate our campus puts a drain on fiscal and environmental sustainability. We use energy to maintain indoor quality and temperature, heat water for laundry and showers, and keep the high tech electronic and research equipment necessary for our rigorous academic endeavors functioning. 

A full greenhouse gas inventory was completed for FY2010 and the results were not surprising: over 80% of our campus' carbon footprint is associated with our electricity and natural gas consumption.

Clarkson's approach to transportation has been designed with gasoline savings in mind. We have:

  • Several hybrid vehicles in our fleet
  • Electric golf carts used by Security & Safety and Facilities & Services during the warmer months
  • Bicycles for safety personnel use in the summer
  • Zipcars to provide a car sharing program to reduce the number of vehicles on campus

Substantial efforts to replace windows and lighting systems, add well-insulated fourth floors to dormitories, and manage the power consumption on campus computers have all helped to reduce our electricity and natural gas consumption over the last several years. 

While the facilities staff is responsible for our building infrastructure and transportation fleet, we can all contribute as energy users to further reductions in the cost and environmental burden of our energy use. Please consider your own energy use:

  • turn computers, TVs, copiers, printers etc. OFF when not in use
  • use a power strip and its off button to minimize phantom loads
  • shut windows and close/open blinds or curtains to conserve heated or cooled air and manage radiation losses and gains
  • choose EnergyStar and EPEAT appliances
  • use cold water for laundry
  • take shorter showers
  • walk or bike to the extent possible to classes and meetings

Our Sustainable Office Certification program requires many energy saving practices

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Energy & Climate Quick Facts:

In the fiscal year 2012 our campus consumed:

  • 1.5 millions therms of natural gas
  • nearly 27 million kWh electric energy

This contributed substantially to our annual greenhouse gas emissions:

  • over 18 thousand metric tons of CO2 equivalents

Clarkson's energy efficiency and conservation efforts are effective!

Our campus GHG emissions are down by nearly one-third on a per student basis compared to a 2005 baseline.

GHG emissions in New York are approximately half of the National average on a per kWh basis due to our extensive use of hydro and nuclear power generation.

For more information see our data and reports page