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Download detailed Request for AY15 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. Students receiving these funds present their work at an annual Green Your Campus Sustainability Competition in April of each year. Clarkson teams received the first place award for their project on occupancy sensors in dormitory hallways in 2012, a second place award in 2013for the installation of low-flow sink aerators in campus bathrooms, and a first and second place award in 2014.
   Past Sustainability Fund projects have made a real difference on campus. Among the changes made as a result of these projects, we have-

  • Replaced old energy inefficient refrigerators in a few laboratories with EnergyStar models
  • Installed water bottle refill stations at several locations around campus
  • Initiated changes in lighting and occupancy sensors for energy savings
  • Piloted re-useable to-go boxes to reduce solid waste and costs
  • Subsidized sales of re-useable water bottles
  • Educated students in off-campus housing about energy conservation and efficiency measures
  • Explored several ways to increase food waste collection for the anaerobic digester
  • Increased awareness about recycling opportunities
  • Initiated KnightRider – a bike lending program focused primarily on the needs of international graduate students.
  • Developed a partnership in Uganda to increase tree planting for carbon seqwuestration

These projects and more are summarized in the following documents:

Example Project Ideas 

  • 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
  • Propose a compost system for materials that cannot go to the digester to reduce landfilling of organic materials
  • Revamp the entire solid waste separation and collection system with new bins, signs and collection processes
  • Assess food purchasing practices in apartments or Greek housing and implement a bulk food buying club to reduce expenses and packaging waste
  • 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, dormitory 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

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.


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.

2014-2015 Sustainability Fund 



September   15 Program announced and request for proposals available
September 19 (12-1 pm) Questions? Sustainability Fund Office Hours TAC 122
September 25 (11 a.m-1 p.m.) Questions? Sustainability Fund Office Hours TAC 122
October 6 (11:00 a.m -1:00 pm) Questions? Sustainability Fund Office Hours TAC 122
October 8 Deadline for registering to make a Pitch
October 13,14,15 Opportunity to Pitch your idea
November 7 Proposals due electronically by 5 p.m.
November 21 Funded proposals announced
December-April Projects implemented and assessed
April 17, 2014 Project report due

Molly                                                                                          2012 Recycling Project focused on student awareness