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March 2012

In this Issue:

Clarkson's Rating from the STARs Sustainability Assessment

A Night in the Dark

Earth Week Events

New Lights to Save Energy

EPA P3 and NYSP2I Competition 

"Fanthom" - New Zipcar

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An interdisciplinary team of students are researching algae growth for biosiesel production as part of an EPA Phase 1 grant







Newsletter to report about Campus Sustainability

March Sustainability Newsletter

Clarkson Expects a Silver Rating in the New STARs Sustainability Assessment System

Clarkson University is using the STARs system to provide a baseline measure of our campus sustainability and then to help define priority areas for improvement, which will help to drive the strategic plan for sustainability that will be complete early this summer.  A brief report is available.

The current draft analysis shows that Clarkson is doing very well with integrating sustainability in all areas of our campus activities.  With an estimated score of 55 points, we are solidly in the STARs Silver rating (45-64 points).  The analysis clearly shows areas of strengths and weaknesses and should be instrumental in defining targeted goals and actions in the sustainability strategic plan.

Several focus group sessions are planned to share details of this analysis with the campus and to get your input.  Each session is open but will be geared towards a different audience, all are in the Student Center MPR A-B.

Student Oriented:                 April 5, 7-8 pm (Forum)  

Faculty oriented session:      April 5, 12– 1pm (MPR A-B)  

Administration and Staff oriented session:
April 6, 9-10 am (MPR A-B)

A night in the dark…
The Residence Life office is organizing a campus-wide “lights out” hour as part of a global effort to increase awareness of energy use and conservation.  Take part by turning your lights out this Saturday March 31 from 8:30-9:30 pm.


Earth Week Events Planned
April 22- All Day Earth Day "Re3" Events organized by ECO - Student Center 11 am-7:30pm

  • speaker presentations - environment work at Clarkson in the Multipurpose rooms
  • movie - Garbage Warrior
  • Remake it - up-cycling crafts to turn trash into treasures
  • information booths by the different clubs and organizations on campus
  • presentations - reusing and remaking materials into something more valuable
  • movie No Impact Man

April 24: Movie - Sustainable SYNERGY brings you "The Revenge of the Electric Car" 7 pm in the Student Center Forum

April 19: ARAMARK will sponsor a Sustainable Iron Chef competition, 2pm-4pm in the Student Center Forum. The “Sustainable Iron Chef” is an educational competition promoting the use of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients that will be judged by an esteemed panel on the following criteria: carbon footprint miles, taste, presentation and creativity. Each team will receive their “mystery basket” of ingredients and have 2 hours to prep, cook and plate their dishes.  If you are interested in putting on a chef hat and participating, please email by April 13th.

April 24: Local Foods Dinner at Ross-Brooks from 4:30pm – 8:00pm showcasing ingredients from both New York State vendors and our own Potsdam community: Kilcoyne Farms Pot Roast, Mushroom Barley Sauté, Roasted Root Vegetables and Potatoes, and Apple Crisp. Stay tuned to CampusDish for the full menu.

April 24: Clemency Day - Clean up your room while being sustainable: Help us continue our “Choose to Reuse” program by replenishing the stock!  Collection boxes will be placed in Ross-Brooks, Hamlin-Powers, Graham and Price dorms so you can return any plates, cups, bowls and silverware you have borrowed from ARAMARK. 

April 25: SUNY Potsdam hosts Charles Fishman, author of “The Big Thirst”, who will present “The Secret Life & Turbulent Future of Water,” 7:30 pm, SUNY Potsdam’s Snell Theater.

New Lights to Save Energy
As part of Clarkson University’s goals to increase energy efficiency, reduce electrical usage campus wide, and further reduce the carbon emissions, the CAMP and Rowley buildings will be undergoing a complete lighting upgrade. Contractors will be replacing bulbs and ballasts in all light fixtures throughout both buildings. This energy upgrade will result in a wattage savings of 35 to 40% per fixture.

Clarkson Students to Participate in EPA P3 and NYSP2I Competition and Expo
Three teams of Clarkson students will travel to the P3 Expo in Washington DC in April.  These SPEED teams will show off their Small Farm Anaerobic Digester, Pilot-scale Greenhouse, and Algae to Biodiesel projects.  The first two of these groups have already been awarded $85,000 each for their work.  The Algae team will be competing for a $90,000 Phase II award to continue their efforts.

Five teams of students who have received awards from our Sustainability Fund with supplemental funds from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) will present their projects at the State Capital building in Albany on April 25. Their projects range from installation of new light sensors to replacing laboratory refrigerators with smaller, energy efficient models.

Many of these P3 and NYSP2I teams will also be presenting their work at Clarkson’s SURE conference on April 14 ( ).  Come check out their efforts to take action for sustainability!

“Fanthom” – our new and cheaper Zipcar has arrived
Bust out the welcome wagon. Ford Focus “Fanthom” is moving in to the Zipcar location at Moore House parking lot. You can take this puppy for a spin for just $7/hour.

Want the key to any of those shiny Zipcars on campus? Join Zipcar today for only $25. Use the promocode NEWFOCUS and get $40 in free driving* to use in your first month of membership.

Zipcar is an alternative to car rental and car ownership that gives you the freedom to take a car when you want it, and put it back when you’re done. Run errands or explore the world off campus.

With Zipcar, it’s easy to get things done and keep some extra green in your pocket. In fact, Zipcar members report an average monthly savings of more than $500 compared to car ownership. Zip in a Ford Focus and you’ll also get these perks:

-       Reduced hourly rates start at just $7/hr

-       Every trip includes gas and insurance

-       High gas mileage: 40 mpg highway

Sign up now to have the freedom to explore, for less. Already a member? Tell a friend about this sweet deal, and if they sign up, you score some free driving.