POTSDAM - The Princeton Review has selected Clarkson University as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada.
The university was selected for inclusion in the fourth annual The Princetown Reviews Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition, which was just released and is available for free download at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide .
Created by the Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the guide is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
The Princeton Review chose the schools for the guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2012 about their schools sustainability initiatives.
Clarkson officials said they have a number of convention-defying environmental initiatives, including an innovative and integrated greenhouse to grow vegetables in cold climates, coupled with an anaerobic digester to convert food waste to energy; and two sustainability minors: sustainable energy systems engineering and sustainable solutions for the developing world.
As part of its commitment to sustainability, Clarkson has also adopted green building policies, such as a commitment to meeting at least LEED Silver criteria on all current and future construction.
In 2012, the new Student Center building achieved LEED Silver certification.
Clarksons Institute for a Sustainable Environment sponsors workshops, seminars, and a small grants program, as well as undergraduate and graduate-level research experiences on a variety of projects around renewable energy, clean water, and air quality.
Associate Director of Sustainability Susan E. Powers, the Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems, ensures that sustainable practices are incorporated into every aspect of campus life.
The last few years have shown a dramatic increase in the number and quality of sustainability events on campus, Ms. Powers said. The most compelling argument for our continued increase in score from the Princeton Review is the extent that groups from across campus are participating and organizing sustainability events and initiatives.
Some examples include Spectrums TEDx event, Alumni Relations Clarksons Serves event this weekend, the ECO and Synergy clubs early Earth day Celebration, and major seminars from many areas of campus.