Clarkson University’s green efforts recognized in Princeton Review
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

The company selected Clarkson for inclusion in the just-released fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition."

Clarkson’s environmental initiatives include an greenhouse to grow vegetables in cold climates integrated with an anaerobic digester to convert food waste to energy; and a wood pellet boiler and a solar thermal panel renewable energy heating system.

It has “smart housing” where electricity and water use are monitored along with indoor air quality. Information provided to the residents help them make better choices on resource use. Clarkson also has two sustainability minors, sustainable energy systems engineering and sustainable solutions for the developing world.

Clarkson has adopted green building policies such as a commitment to meeting at least LEED Silver criteria on all current and future construction. Its Technology Advancement Center has achieved LEED Gold certification and its Student Center has achieved LEED Silver.

Clarkson is also a signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

Clarkson’s 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.

Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment Philip K. Hopke, along with Associate Director of Sustainability Susan E. Powers, help build sustainable practices into every aspect of campus life.

“In the past several years, we have done a number of projects that have improved our sustainability through student, staff and faculty initiated projects such as eliminating old energy wasting refrigerators and high-flow shower heads,” says Hopke. "It is gratifying to see these efforts recognized by the Princeton Review and we can expect increased recognition going forward as our campus-wide efforts are recognized and we move to fulfill the commitments made in the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. We look forward to continually improving our campus sustainability and using those opportunities to educate Clarkson students to be leaders in sustainable innovation and entrepreneurism.”

Created by the Princeton Review in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at 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 it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools' commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

Published on April 17, just a few days prior to the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats, and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings.

The free guide can be downloaded at