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March 2013


Watch the calendar for more details on these Upcoming Events:

March 4 –David Hart to present the inaugural lecture in Clarkson’s Power and Energy Forum: “Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System” 7 pm SC360

April 13 – Sustainability Focused TedX at Clarkson (organized by Spectrum)

April 20 – Clarkson Serves! - National alumni/student community service event. Help on our campus or in the community.

Core Korea
Daniel Hilderbrandt (L) and Bradley Borquist (R) in Mopko Korea

 ecorriganErin Corrigan – EPA Fellowship recipient

laing analysisJames Laing, a Clarkson University Ph.D. student in the Env. Science & Engrg. program analyzes air filters collected in Finland that date back to the 1960s.

aeratorsSynergy members (L-R) Tim Boucher, Taylor Friant, Kyle Chapman and Sean Reisch install low flow aerators as part of a Sustainability Fund grant

Newsletter to report about Campus Sustainability

In the News –   This month’s newsletter focuses (again!) on all the great news coming from our students and their faculty advisors.  The “again” indicates that these are repeat performances – this is the second year in a row that Clarkson students received top awards at the renewable design competition in Korea and the second year in a row that one of our students has been among fewer than 40 students nationwide to receive an EPA GRO fellowship. 

Clarkson University Student Renewable Energy Teams Win Awards in Korea

Clarkson students Bradley E. Borquist (BS ME ’13) and Daniel H. Hilderbrandt (BS CE ’11; MS CE’13) received top awards for the renewable energy design projects they presented at the 2013 International Capstone Design Contest on Renewable Energy (CORE) Technology in Mokpo, Korea.  A Gold Award was presented to Borquist, who investigated the feasibility of using wind energy to directly heat water for use in home space and hot water heating requirements. Hilderbrandt received a Special Overall Award for a project that included the design, building, operation and performance assessment of a small-scale anaerobic digester to convert farm waste into a useful energy source. Both students represented teams of students from Capstone Engineering Design Classes.The students were accompanied by Prof. Ken Visser, who also advised Borquist.  Prof. Stefan Grimberg was advisor for the anaerobic digester project.  Read more…

Erin Corrigan Receives Prestigious EPA Fellowship

Erin Corrigan, a student of our Environmental Science and Policy degree program is one of 39 undergraduate students nationwide to receive the Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to a substantial tuition fellowship, she will also be placed at an EPA research facility in Colorado or Oregon this summer for an internship. After returning for her senior year, she will complete a research project, which may involve analyzing the carbon footprint that Clarkson University’s dining services generates. Read more…

Clarkson University Researchers Examine 47 Years of Air Samples for Climate Change Study

Air samples collected in Finland beginning during the Cold War may help unlock answers to climate change, according to Dr. Philip Hopke, Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, and other researchers at Clarkson University. A team is analyzing more than 2,300 weekly air samples from 1964, the first year the Finns archived the filters, through 2010.  “The Arctic is warming a lot faster than anywhere else on Earth. We were having trouble modeling and explaining why,” said graduate student James Laing. “We’ll be able to see if there are changes in specific types of pollution.” Read more… or Watch the video story

Synergy Club Students Install Low Flow Sink Aerators

Synergy students have been trying for over three years to reduce Clarkson’s water and energy consumption.  With a grant from the Sustainability Fund, they now have their chance to complete this project as they work to install low flow aerators (0.5 – 1.5 gallon per minute) in sinks across campus.  The already completed a pilot study in the Science Center and Brooks hall and received almost universally enthusiastic feedback.  Their project is expected to save 3,500 gallons of water per day ($8,000/y in water utility costs) and additional hard-to-quantify savings in our natural gas consumed to heat the extra water. 

ISE Sustainability Intern Emily Ball Writes Successful ALCOA Proposal for Recycle Bins

Clarkson University is one of 35 schools across the country to receive recycle bins through the Alcoa Foundation Collegiate Recycling Bin Grant program.  This award is the result of the hard work of Emily Ball (MS ESE ’13), who has worked for two years to provide creative and visible ways to remind us all to recycle what we can.  Forty new 23-gallon bins will arrive shortly to improve recycling efforts throughout Cheel Center. As a part of this effort, Clarkson is participating in the benchmark division of the 2013 RecycleMania Competition. Emily and her crew of volunteers are at work after major events in Cheel to sort through the recyclables to weigh and record our efforts. If you have any questions about what items can and cannot be recycled check out http://clarkson.edu/green/sustain_campus/material_recycling.html

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