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February 2013


Join us for Upcoming Campus Sustainability Events

Saving Energy Makes Cent$

Monday February 4, 6:30-9:30

Student organized forum to increase awareness and develop a plan to increase the energy efficiency (and reduce utility costs) for students in off-campus housing. Read more

The Green & Gold Just Got Greener! – a celebration of the LEED Silver certification of the student center. Thursday February 7, 6:30-7:30; refreshments will be served. Join recruiters who will be on campus for the Career Fair to hear from a recent Clarkson graduate who is involved in green construction on some projects of national importance. Read more

Read more in past issues of the
Sustainability Newsletter

Silver Seal


Limnology students surveyed Norwood Lake for the potential of spread of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant species

Newsletter to report about Campus Sustainability

Newsletter to report about Campus Sustainability

Silver is the Color of the Month – Read below to learn about the LEED Silver certification of the student center and our Silver sustainability rating through the AASHE STARS program.

LEED Silver for the Student Center

LEED Silver Certification has recently been awarded to our three-story, 56,000-square-foot Student Center, which was completed in 2010. This certification recognizes high performance energy-efficiency and green building design, construction, operations and maintenance.

Examples of the "green" features of the Student Center include:
- low-flow water closets, urinals, and lavatory faucets;
- energy efficiency measures like an improved thermal envelope, high efficiency glazing, LED exterior lighting, occupancy sensors, daylight control, and a high efficiency HVAC system; and,

- concrete blocks for its structural support were made with aggregate from recycled materials that was developed by Civil Engineering students and faculty.

Learn more about these features at our celebration – The Green and Gold Just got Greener event.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), which is the nation's leading organization to advance the construction and operation of green buildings. Clarkson is a corporate member of the USGBC – any member of the Clarkson community can access and use their member only resources. Read more

STARS Silver for Campus Sustainability

Staff and students in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment have finished the initial assessment of the state of sustainability using the AASHE STARS assessment tool (Assoc. for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System). 

In STARS, points are earned in three separate categories, Education and Research, Operations, and Planning, Administration and Engagement. Clarkson received 55% of the possible points, leading us to a Silver rating.  Our most outstanding score was in the Education and Research (ER) category, where we received 71% of the possible points.  This rating, which is in the top 16% of ER scores achieved by any of the institutions using STARS, reflects the broad array of classes, majors, minors offered by departments all across campus, student clubs and activities, and research projects conducted on a variety of sustainability topics.  The Students in the News feature below offers a glimpse of some of the activities that help to lead to this outstanding score.

Clarkson University has set a goal to reach the STARS Gold rating within five years.  All members of the campus community need to work together to achieve this goal. You can read more about our current rating or tap into AASHE’s extensive sustainability resources through our university membership.

Students in the News

Environmental Engineering Seniors “Coined” at NASEC Conference

Environmental engineering seniors Jared Smith and Jessica Hernandez received command medallions from the United States Naval Academy on November 6th, 2012 to recognize their poster presented at the Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC). Their poster, entitled - Environmental Fate and Transport of Triclocarban using Fugacity Modeling - presented work they completed for a course taught by Professor Holsen (CE480: Chemical Fate and Transport). Triclocarban is a chemical found within many antibacterial soaps. The NASEC conference allows undergraduates a chance to present and share their research, capstone projects, and STEM projects completed throughout their college careers. Prof. Joseph Skufca of the Dept. Mathematics and Computer Science arranged for four Clarkson students to attend this conference.

Clarkson University Students Suggest Sustainable Options for Invasive Aquatic Plant Control in Norwood Lake

During the summer of 2012, the presence of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, was detected in Norwood Lake, a fluvial lake created by a dam on the Raquette River in Norwood, N.Y. Eurasian watermilfoil is one of the nation's most widespread invasive aquatic plants and has already invaded more than 50 lakes in the Adirondack State Park. Clarkson University Biology Professor Michael Twiss and his limnology students tasked themselves with examining the case for invasion in Norwood Lake with the aim of recommending sustainable management practices to control the plant. Unfortunately, the students found that the nutrient and light levels in the lake make it very suitable for the spread of this invasive species. They found that mechanical harvesting is too costly and can cause increased spread by fragments downstream. Hand harvesting is equally expensive. Sustainable options include coordination among the local government, residents, and Brookfield Power, the company controlling the dam at Norwood Lake, concluded the students at a brief presentation at the Norwood Municipal Building on December 6. Read more

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