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Report Card 2011

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Clarkson University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Clarkson University

School details:

Endowment: $146 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Potsdam, New York


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
C -
The Clarkson University Environmental Policy Group has worked to fund a variety of projects, including changing most washing machines to use only cold water. The new Institute for a Sustainable Environment coordinates efforts to make the campus more sustainable. As specified by the purchasing policy, all electronics and lighting purchased by the university are Energy Star qualified.
Clarkson is working on its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. To reduce energy use, the university utilizes a cogeneration plant, implemented temperature setbacks, installed energy management systems, upgraded lighting and boilers to be more energy efficient, improved insulation, and installed sensors in various buildings around campus. Building energy use is displayed for community members in order to view their consumption.
Ninety percent of the dining halls' chicken, beef, and poultry, and 80 percent of ice cream and cheese, is hormone and antibiotic free, and 80 percent of shrimp and scallops served are sustainably harvested. All to-go containers are biodegradable, and nearly all meals are trayless. Dining halls began composting food scraps in fall 2010. Unwanted furniture can be borrowed by anyone in the school community through the Lending Cupboard.
All new buildings are built to LEED Silver specifications. Currently, one building on campus, the Technical Assistance Center, meets LEED Silver standards.
The students involved in Sustainable Synergy work on implementing alternative energy solutions on campus. Members of the New York Water Environment Association do research to improve the environment. The Environmental Conservation Organization has worked on installing water bottle refill stations, organizing an Earth Day campus clean-up, raising awareness about food issues, and sending students to a national climate change conference.
There are three hybrid vehicles in Clarkson's campus fleet. The master plan calls for removing roads from the campus core to make it more pedestrian and bike friendly.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. A list of mutual funds and equity holdings is sent upon request to all members of the school community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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