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April 2013

Calendar of
Earth Month Events

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Through April 10:

April 1:
Open Forum – Valuing and Preserving our Campus’ Wooded Areas (7pm, C175)

April 2:
Film: The Story of Stuff (noon, Student Center Forum). 

April 3:
Sustainable Iron Chef Competition (2-4 pm, Student Center Forum)

April 4:
Film: No Impact Man (11am, Student Center Forum)

April 6:
ECO and Synergy present “Earth Day Celebration” (4:30 SC Patio, 6-8 ERC Atrium)

April 10:
ARAMARK’s Local Foods Dinner (Ross Brooks Cafeteria 4:30-8 pm)

April 12: Deadline for Earth Day Photo Competition

April 13:
Spectrum hosts a local sustainability focused TEDx conference (pre-registration required)

April 20:
Clarkson Serves! A CU alumni and student service event.

April 24:
Three Clarkson Teams compete in NYSP2I’s Go Green on Campus Competition (Albany NY)

End of April -
Take It or Leave It Campaign Don’t trash it! Donate end-of-semester used clothing and goods in bins in residence halls or CUSA office.  Or stop by and peruse donated material for FREE STUFF.

More events are located at the bottom of the newsletter

Newsletter to report about Campus Sustainability

Clarkson’s Sustainability Newsletter

Earth Day has become Earth Month on our campus and throughout the North Country.  Opportunities abound to celebrate, learn about and create a sustainable region and future.  Join us and learn what you can do! alex petition

Clarkson Commits!

There are still a few days left to show your commitment to effective solid waste management through reducing and recycling all appropriate materials.  A student group is working to get over 50% of our campus community to pledge your commitment.  Check it out and sign now! RSVP online.

ECO and Synergy Invite You to an Earth Day Celebration – April 6

4:30pm Tie-dye T-shirts - student center patio until supplies out, CUB will have music playing outside during this event

6-8pm-ERC Atrium - Local music, food, club tables/activities- 4 local bands will be playing, free snack foods from the co-op. Environmental Clubs will have tables with educational activities/demonstrations.

Campus Dining Services Commits to Local Food

Iron ChefClarkson Dining is hosting its third “Sustainable Iron Chef” competition in the Student Center Forum (April 3rd 2-4 pm). This event promotes the use of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and allows for a friendly culinary challenge between Students, Faculty and Staff. Each team will receive their “mystery basket” of local ingredients, and have 90 minutes to cook and plate their dishes.  Judges will chose winners based on taste, presentation and creativity. Additional points can be earned by the “audience vote,” where a lucky few will have the opportunity to sample the final creations. Refreshments and samples from the Adirondack Kitchen line of products will be served and prizes will be given for correctly answering “green” trivia questions.

Ross-Brooks Dining Hall will be hosting a Local Foods Dinner on Wednesday, April 10th from 4:30pm – 8:00pm showcasing ingredients from both New York State vendors and our own Potsdam community. The menu will include Kilcoyne Chili with Aged NY Cheddar, Tempura Perch with Sweet Maple Soy, North Country Waldorf, Poutine and Tourtière (Canadian Meat Pie). For dessert, the featured items will be Greek Yogurt with Spiced Wild Blueberries and Granola and Maple Crème Caramel.

Clarkson Serves!!!Clarkson Serves

Join Clarkson alumni around the country as well as alumni, students, faculty and staff for a community and campus service event on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. To join us please RSVP online.

You may choose to work:

  • In the village with for the annual Potsdam Cleanup Day to remove all the debris left by a long winter. Meet at the Rescue Squad building to be assigned an area.
  • On campus – volunteers will work together to plant trees, clean up debris, or complete trail maintenance. Meet at the Student Center at between 9-9:30 am to be assigned an area. Over 100 free t-shirts will be distributed to student volunteers

Bags and gloves and other necessary equipment will be provided in both locations. If you have your own work gloves and reusable water bottles, please feel free to bring them to help reduce waste.

If you have questions, please email Suzann Couts in the Alumni Office at

Mac-Gray Sponsors Earth Day Photo Competition

Show your Earth Day pride for the chance to win a $500 American Express gift card! Mac-Gray Corp., which operates Clarkson’s laundry facilities, is sponsoring the “What Does Being Green on Campus Mean To You?” contest. Take photos of a place, object, event or person that captures the spirit of being green on campus! Submit your contest entries to ; in addition, Tweet and Instagram those photos to #clarksonearthday, or email Social Media Manager Brian Hayden at so we can create a Clarkson Facebook photo gallery of those same photos.  Second  and third place win a $50 American Express card. The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. on April 12; Happy Earth Day!

Off Campus Opportunities:

April 27:
Local Living Festival (Cornell Cooperative extension Farm, Canton NY)

April 11-13
SUNY Potsdam “Making the Future” Conference (check website for details)

Apr. 10 - Dr. John Warner - “Green Chemistry: New Eyes and New Ideas in Science” (7:30 pm, Kellas Hall Rm 106)

Apr. 11 - Panel – “A Sustainable Future: The Promises and Pitfalls of Individual Action” (9:30-11am)

Apr. 11 - John Warner and Dominic Frongillo (panel) – “A Sustainable Future?” (11am – 12 ) Noon)

Apr. 12 - Dominic Frongillo – “Youth activism and the environment” (1pm)
“A Fierce Green Fire” (film, 4pm)
April 19:
SLU hosts ‘North County Folk Fest’ (3-10pm, outside near the Student Center) featuring local folk musicians and booths hosted by North County farmers and sustainability organizations.

SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series (Nevaldine North 102, 6:00pm)

April 3 - Back to the Land - Rich Douglas is a "Back to the Lander," living off the grid without electricity on his farm in Russell, NY. He teaches about the connection between the philosophy and realities of Sustainable living.

April 17 - Photovoltaics Plus Electric Vehicles. Richard Burns from National Grid will be speaking about reducing oil dependency.

Apr. 24 - Nicholas C. Kocher, an assistant professor for Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss Marketing Sustainability.

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