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Clarkson University Celebrates Sustainability & Local Food Oct. 17-27

Clarkson University is participating in two national events this month to promote and celebrate campus sustainability and the North Country's abundant and healthy food resources.

Team Chop-ChopThe 10-day celebration is part of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Campus Sustainability Day  and Food Day, a nationwide celebration for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

Clarkson’s Dining Services kicks off the week with the Sustainable Iron Chef Competition in the Student Center Forum on Wednesday, October 17, from 2-4 p.m. The audience will cheer on faculty and staff as they go up against the reigning student champion, Team Chop-Chop. With a new mystery box of local, seasonal ingredients and an hour to complete their dish, it's sure to be a fun challenge.

The audience will be able to enjoy samples from the Adirondack Kitchen line of goodies, try Fun Fact Trivia and vie for prizes. See video from last year's competition at .

If you envy the judges’ opportunity to taste the culinary treats whipped up during the Sustainable Iron Chef Competition, audience members can get their chance too, when the winning team's dish is featured on the menu during the festive Local Foods Dinner in Ross Brooks Dining Hall on Tuesday October 23, from 4-8 p.m. While students can use their meal plan or pay the dinner door rate, others are welcome to attend and pay at the door.

The community is invited to attend when Clarkson dedicates the new Munter Trails, located along the Raquette River, on Saturday, October 20, at 2:30 p.m. The program will take place near the canoe house on the Clarkson University campus off Clarkson Ave. Clarkson President Tony Collins will lead the dedication ceremony with Village of Potsdam Mayor Steve Yurgartis also participating. Light refreshments will be available. Read more at .

The campus greenhouse and food waste digester will be open for tours October 24 and 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. These projects show off Clarkson students’ accomplishments with design, construction, repair and operation of innovative systems that will help to bring food production and waste management back into our local communities.

October 24-27, you can take the short Eco Friendly Clarkson SCVNGR Trek with your mobile phone or smart phone. Go to for details and to download the app.

Guest speakers will top off the celebration to help provide perspective on the importance of food and environmental issues and the critical role that college students can play.

Emily Hunter, an environmental advocacy journalist, starts the week with on Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. in the Cheel Campus Center Barben Rooms. She will discuss environmental concerns worldwide. Read more about her at .

Michael Curtin, of DC Central Kitchen, will visit via webcam for a seminar on food sustainability issues on Monday, October 22, from 1-2 p.m. in the Student Center Multi-purpose Rooms. DC Central Kitchens was the country’s first “community kitchen," where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a culinary arts job training program, in which unemployed men and women learn marketable skills while donations are converted into balanced meals. They also have programs that address the sustainability of food on college campuses.

Finally, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Campus Sustainability's keynote presentation will be broadcast live via webinar on Wednesday, October 24, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Multi-purpose Rooms. This session, “Preparing Students for a Changing Climate,” will discuss the role colleges and universities must play in creating sustainability education for all students that will prepare the next generation of leaders to lead a just, healthy, and sustainable society.

Check out the Clarkson calendar at for these and more “green” events.

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 health sciences, 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 will hold a Sustainable Iron Chef Competition in the Student Center Forum on Wednesday, October 17, from 2-4 p.m. Above, last semester's student champion, Team Chop-Chop, competes.

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