Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.55
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Clarkson University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Alex French
Sustainability Coordinator
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Second Nature, AASHE, USGBC

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

New York Consortium for Sustainability in Higher Education - NYCSHE
NYS REV Campus Challenge
NYS Pollution Prevention Institute
Associated Colleges Sustainability Day organizing committee (Event for 4 local universities)

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

"Sustainable land stewardship on campus and beyond" included a Clarkson presentation at the NYCSHE conference in November of 2018.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Susan Powers is a regional representative for the NY Coalition of Sustainability in Higher Education. Sue is on Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for New York State's Pollution Prevention Institute.

Alex French is on the planning committee for Sustainability Day, has served on the county's Environmental Management Council, and is on the board of the Algonquin to Adirondack Collaborative (an environmental network of organizations focused on habitat connectivity in our region).

Michael Twiss: Editorial Board, Frontiers in Microbiology; peer-reviewed journal. My tasks are to review papers and suggest qualified reviewers. https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/microbiology
Great Lakes Science Advisory Board of the Internal Joint Commission. My role is to advise the IJC Commissioners on Great Lakes related issues; the US commissioners report to the Secretary of State (US) or the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada). https://www.ijc.org/en/sab/who/members/rcc
USEPA Great Lakes Advisory Board - Science & Information Subcommittee. My role is to advise work on questions asked by the Great Lakes Advisory Board. This committee has been profoundly curtailed due to the inaction of the federal US Administration. https://www.glri.us/sis
Special Government Employee, US Environmental Protection Agency (renewed in 2018). My role is to be available to serve on EPA boards, e.g. FIFRA, as I have in the past. https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/federal-insecticide-fungicide-and-rodenticide-act-fifra-and-federal-facilities
International Association for Great Lakes Research. I serve as the President of IAGLR. Our mission is to serve our 800 members by hosting annual conferences, recognizing and celebrating our members and student achievements through awards and scholarships, and publishing the peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Great Lakes Research. http://iaglr.org/about/board/
Great Lakes Research Consortium. I am the Clarkson University representative to the GLRC Board. https://www.esf.edu/glrc/
Appointed member of the John Martin Award Subcommittee, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (2016-2018); My role was to assist in the evaluation of award nominees for their prestigious award in the aquatic sciences. http://www.aslo.org/committees/martin.html.
Appointed member of the Research Advisory Board, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences – Cornwall, Ontario (2005-present). My role is to provide advice and guidance on St. Lawrence River issues. http://riverinstitute.ca/
Member of the St. Lawrence River at Massena and Akwesasne Area of Concern Remedial Action Committee (2004-present). My role is to provide advice and guidance on St. Lawrence River issues related to the Area of Concern. https://www.epa.gov/st-lawrence-river-aoc

Erik Backus: Chairperson of USGBC Upstate, NY Board; Steering and technical committee for the group Lutherans Restoring Creation; Advisory Board of New York State Green Building Conference."

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Yes. We are part of a group of 4 universities that we refer to as the "Associated Colleges." The other schools include St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Canton. Together We are in our 3rd of 4 years holding an annual Sustainability Day conference. One of the main activities for the event is a luncheon for professionals. Clarkson staff proposed this activity and are the primary coordinators. At the lunch we have multiple tables; one for grounds, energy, dining, student life, purchasing, etc. Each table has a representative from each university as well as a moderator to lead a relevant discussion on sustainability. Clarkson staff and faculty made up 6 of the 8 moderators for last year. Clarkson staff reached out to nonprofits with relevant expertise to fill other moderator positions. Through this activity we are able to get all 4 grounds directors discussing the ecological significance of no-mow zones, or to have a table of dining directors discuss ways to improve local food purchasing, etc.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:


Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

"Sustainability Day" is an annual 1-day conference between the 4 neighboring universities in Potsdam and Canton, NY. Each university helps to pay for the conference and coordinate it. Other campuses included St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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