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Download detailed Request for AY14 Sustainability Fund Proposals

 Do you have ideas for projects or activities that would help to integrate sustainability principles and practices into everything we do at Clarkson?  An annual opportunity is available to share your ideas and willingness to implement them.

 Clarkson University established a fund in 2011 to support campus wide sustainability projects that are initiated by students or staff.  The $25,000/year fund, enables members of our community to engage in the process of making our campus more environmentally, socially and fiscally sustainable. Additional funds from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) supported projects in the Spring 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters. Students receiving these fund presented their work at a Green Your Campus Sustainability Competition in Albany during April of each year. A Clarkson team received the first place award for their project on occupancy sensors in dormitory hallways in 2012 and a team that installed low-flow sink aerators in bathrooms across received a second place award in 2013.
  Example Project Ideas

  • Create a plan to manage, preserve and enjoy our campus wooded and wetland areas
  • Inventory trash and recycling materials (e.g., dumpster dive) and provide a report card for various areas on campus
  • Inventory food waste generation at multiple campus locations and assess ways to reduce or collect the waste for the anaerobic digester
  • Assess food purchasing practices in apartments or Greek housing and implement a bulk food buying club to reduce expenses and packaging waster
  • Evaluate the cost and energy consumption of equipment/appliances common to offices (or dorm rooms) and identify and assess opportunities to reduce use (e.g., water coolers, printers in every office, refrigerators, electric heaters etc.)
  • Develop a video or TV series about campus sustainability issues and solutions
  • Develop a dormitory competition to assess sustainability practices and reward positive behavior
  • Create and implement a film or speaker series to advance knowledge on a specific sustainability issue
  • Develop and implement a training program to promote sustainability behaviors among your peers
  • Organize and promote a program for charter bus travel to key locations (e.g., Albany, Syracuse) for school breaks
  • Develop and push a specific policy for positive change on campus (e.g., smoke free campus, no single use water bottles, anti-idling, etc.)
  • Improve the bike friendly attributes of our campus (Note-this could include a bike sharing program that was initiated in earlier year but not completed-bikes are available)
  • All projects are expected to include an education and/or campus outreach component


Project proposals are solicited in the Fall semester and selected for funding by the Campus Sustainability Committee based on their potential impact and probability of success. The successful projects and their team leaders in AY 2012 are identified below. A brief synopsis of example projects is also available.

Energy Efficiency:
Motion Detected, Jason Cocca (sophomore, Mechanical Engrg.);
Dormitory Motion Sensor Lighting* Jeannie Piekarz (MS Electrical Engrg.);
Refrigerator Replacement Feasibility Study * Erin Corrigan (sophomore, Env. Science & Policy);
Wind Speed Analysis Wind Speed Analysis,* Dan Barron (junior, Civil Engrg.)

Campus Culture and Access to Sustainable Good:
Knight Bikes (bike sharing program), Alexander Cauwels (senior, Innovation & Entrepreneurship);
Golden Grown (on-campus local food sales), Kristen Cardella (freshman, business)

Solid Waste Reduction:

Increasing Recycling Rates, Emily Ball (MS Env. Science & Engrg.);
Food Waste Management for the Digester, Ashley Waldron (senior, Civil Engrg.);
Feasibility Study for the Anaerobic Digestion of Clarkson Food Waste*, Stefan Grimberg (chair, Dept. Civil & Env. Engrg.);
Installation of Water Bottle Refill Stations*, Heather Masterson (junior, env. engrg.)
(projects with * received funding from the NYSP2I)

These projects were implemented in the Spring 2012 semester, so look for water bottle refilling stations, motion light sensors, local food, and recycle waste bins among other changes that resulted from the 2012 Sustainability Fund.


Graduate students David Illig (left) and Jeannie Piekarz display the team’s award-winning poster for their project “Dormitory Motion Sensor Lighting” at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute “Greening Your Campus” student competition.

2013-2014 Sustainability Fund 



September   4 Program announced and request for proposals available
September 12 (4-6 pm) Questions? Sustainability Fund Office Hours TAC 122
September 26 (4-6 pm) Questions? Sustainability Fund Office Hours TAC 122
October 8 (4-6 pm) Questions? Sustainability Fund Office Hours TAC 122
October 16 Proposals due electroncially by 5 pm (-> 7 weeks to develop and write proposal
October 30 Short list of proposals announced
November 20 Funded proposals announced
December-April Projects implemented and assessed
April 18, 2014 Project reports due

Molly                                                                                          2012 Recycling Project focused on student awareness