Message From the Director

Focusing on the incredible opportunities we have to implement solutions can help to prevent the climate crisis and other environmental challenges from becoming overwhelmingly depressing. All of the articles highlighted in this newsletter are about just this — learning about, finding and implementing innovative solutions to problems that, when taken together, may seem overwhelming, but when tackled individually are surmountable. Faculty, staff and students in the ISE are employing all of their skills and knowledge to tackle such challenges and, together, are creating meaningful change.

— Susan Powers, Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment / Jean ’79 and Robert ’79 Spence Professorship in Sustainable Environmental Systems

Woman sitting on a wall in front of trees
Sue Powers and Ken Visser

Displaying Climate Solutions

Clarkson professors Susan Powers ’83, MS’85 and Ken Visser are featured in the Climate Solutions exhibit at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York. Appropriately, they are highlighted in the section Taking Action on Climate Change, which showcases the actions they and others in the region are implementing in the face of climate change.

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Sustainable Library

“Sustainability in all we do” is a commitment the Clarkson community has embraced, especially the University Libraries. Through the tireless efforts of library staff, the University Libraries recently became the first academic libraries to receive Sustainable Library Certification from the Sustainable Libraries Initiative. 

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Clarkson Libraries
Prof. Tom Langen receives a certificate from President Tony Collins at Commencement

Teaching Awarded

Professor of Biology Tom Langen’s outstanding research in environmental management, including wetland restoration, road ecology and endangered species conservation, is not the only thing that has garnered praise and recognition. His excellence in teaching earned him the Distinguished Teaching Award at the spring 2022 Commencement.

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Blocking PFAS

Wouldn’t it be a game-changer if we had an inexpensive way to detect the harmful and incredibly pervasive chemicals known as PFAS before we ingested them? Clarkson doctoral student Reem Khan is doing her part in developing such a method. She received an award for her presentation at the AEHS International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy and Air.

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Reem Khan