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Clarkson University

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2011, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2010 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

School name: Clarkson University

Date submitted: May 3, 2010



For each question, please choose the response that best represents the activities of your student organization. Some questions have additional instructions below the question. If you cannot find information for a particular question, please leave that question blank.

 

The response to this survey should be only in reference to one student organization. If there are multiple student organizations at a given school, each organization should complete its own survey. Only one survey should be submitted for each student organization at a particular school.

 

1)  Contact Information

 

The following fields designate the main contact person for your group.

Name: Michael Guethle

School Name: Clarkson University

Name of student organization: New York Water and Environment Association

Your position or title: President

 

2)  Student Organization

Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role. If you are a member of multiple organizations, you will be able to enter information about their activities on a later page.

Active members attend meetings and help implement the organization’s initiatives. Please describe event or email-listserv attendance under “Additional Comments.”

 

Number of active members:

25

Date of last meeting (mm/dd/yyyy):

March 25, 2010

Frequency of meetings:

Note: if you meet more than once a week, please select weekly.

Weekly

 

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2009:

Use the categories below to help describe your group's initiatives in each area. In the "Describe" field, outline actions taken and elaborate on the impact and degree of success. You may want to compose your descriptions in Microsoft Word or a similar program and then paste them into the boxes provided. Please be detailed in your descriptions, and use the "Other" option to describe additional areas of involvement. You can also elaborate or add clarifying comments under "Additional Comments."

 

 

Addressed     

Progress           

Describe

Academics

Examples: Minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

[X]

Significant

NYWEA exists, on one level, to help tutor students in undergraduate environmental science and engineering programs. We also have been active in helping to obtain a new environmental engineering professor and in forcing more environmental classes on campus

Administration

Examples: Procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, advocating for sustainability-related staff positions

[X]

Significant

NYWEA works as the bridge between faculty and students in the environmental fields; we are a top research institution and the faculty thrive off of student input, often orchestrated by NYWEA members

Climate

Examples: Climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

[  ]

Endowment

Examples: Proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

[  ]

Energy

Examples: Conservation/behavioral
change programs, retrofits and
efficiency improvements

[  ]

Food

Examples: Advocating for local, organic, or more sustainable food, campus gardening, food purchasing and ingredient guidelines

[  ]

 

Green Building

Examples: Design or construction policy

[X]

Significant

NYWEA has been active in helping all new buildings to be constructed using local materials and to follow LEED (and better) environmental building guidelines

Grounds and Maintenance

Examples: Green landscaping, non-toxic cleaners

[X]

Moderate

We work with other organizations doing maintenance. ECO, another student group, works most prominently on this

Student Involvement

Examples: Facilitating engagement with students, speaker series, establishing EcoReps program, student guide to sustainable living on campus

[X]

Significant

Environmental engineering enrollment at Clarkson has gone from 15 students per year in my class to over 40 in the incoming class. This is largely due to the activities on and off campus that NYWEA provides. Our first contact is with the students is at open houses, where we talk about the faculty and the program. From there, we have students from all fields involved in field trips and conferences, as well as fun weekly get-togethers, all in the spirit of environmental professionalism.

Transportation

Examples: Promoting sustainable transportation, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit

[  ]

Waste Reduction

Examples: Recycling, composting,
reducing consumption

[  ]

Water

Examples: Water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

[X]

Significant

Clarkson's water resources engineering and environmental engineering programs are among the greatest in the nation. NYWEA serves as a line for interested undergraduates to get involved in the projects that various professors put together. These range from water sensor networks up and down the Hudson River to maintaining manure bacterium runoff into rivers and streams in farms.

Other

[X]

Significant

Clarkson's NYWEA program is the most involved environmental engineering professional society in all New York State schools, and has been recognized for this two years running. We strive to help students work with their professors to do great undergraduate research to help support the environment. At this past year's NYWEA conference, 13 student papers were accepted and 9 papers were from Clarkson; there are 10 student chapters in the state. Clarkson serves to put environmental professionals out into the real world, and although focusing on minor environmental escapades on our campus is not our strong suit, we put out some of the very best engineers who are working to fix the problems of dying water resources, poor air pollution and sustainable energy.

 

Additional Comments

Instead of protesting or sitting around complaining about how much water bottles pollute the earth, we are the ones running lab experiments to help take e-coli out of tap water to make it safe to drink.

 

3)  Sustainability Competitions and Challenges

This information should describe a campus challenge or competition organized by your group to promote sustainability. To add general information about your group, return to the previous questions.

 

First competition

 

Name of competition

This is a ridiculous question

Frequency of competition

Ongoing

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

2010

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

All students

                                                                                                         

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

Environmentalism is not a competition. Trying to be "more of an environmentalist" than someone else is the reason why half of the nation hates hippies and thinks that global warming isn't real. At Clarkson, it is expected for students to use recycling and walk to classes and such, but we don't have students brown-nose in order to make themselves look cooler. That's just silly.

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

 

Second competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

                                                                                                         

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

 

Third competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

                                                                                                         

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

                                                                                                               

4)  Sustainability in Student Government and Other Activities

Please describe the role of Student Government and other groups.

 

Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

No

 

If yes. Please describe below:

Include the following: How many students are active in the committee? How often does it meet? What kinds of power and decision-making ability does it have? What impacts and initiatives has it undertaken? What kind of working relationship does it have with other student groups and the administration?

I tried to get them to have one, but student government at Clarkson (and at most schools) is not that big of a deal. Our environmental groups work better without a SG representative.

 

Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

Describe any activities that your group or yourself, as a leader on campus, have undertaken that are not already included in your survey responses. If applicable, also describe off-campus and community efforts that relate to institutional sustainability at your school.

 

 

Please Note: The following is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):

New York Water and Environmental Association; Water and Environment Federation

 

 

 

 

 

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