- Clark Sustainability Collaborative asked recent CollabLab attendees their vision for Clark
- Clark wins 2012 MassRecycle award for innovative waste reduction and recycling programs
- Lasry Center for Bioscience receives LEED Gold certification
- Clark's cogeneration plant
- Clark Community Thrift Store >
- Clark's recycling has increased by 60% in one year >
- Clark Dining: trayless and composting 200 tons / yr.
- Students at Clark's Hadwen Arboretum
- Professor Jennie Stephens wins NSF grant >
What IS Sustainable Clark?
It's you. It's me. It's every one of us. We are all able of making a difference in the world: everything you do, every day, matters. Here at Clark we act on that principle. It is who we are. Together we are Sustainable Clark.
The mission of Sustainable Clark's Office of Sustainability is to cultivate a greener campus by facilitating collaboration between and among students, faculty, administrative departments and staff. We offer resources to recognize system failures and help innovate solutions; empower the Clark community to collaborate on creating campus-based solutions & programs and serve as an integral partner in their implementation; and strive to build community awareness around social, economic and environmental issues. We make change happen. The campus is a learning laboratory; constructive ideas are welcome and viable projects are supported. With over 130 courses addressing issues of sustainability and 10+ sustainability-oriented student organizations, Sustainable Clark is fully engaged in proactive sustainability, on and off campus.
Clark's long history of engagement and our current initiatives are clear indicators of the University's commitment to sustainability. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about Sustainable Clark and how you can make a difference.
News & Items of Note
Princeton Review 2015 Green Guide grades Clark a 91 out of 100 (A-); Sierra's 'Cool Schools' ranks Clark #17 in the US; Aspen Inst., Forbes & Entrepreneur agree: Right up there with institutions known for their highly-visible sustainability features, Clark's green beating heart shines through! We might not have a giant solar array, but Clark has a long and strong tradition of stewardship and innovation, on and off campus... Read more
Student Sustainability Fund Awards $20,000 to Projects: The 2015 SSF project awards will add a water bottle filling station to Wright Hall, compost bins to the Bickman Fitness Center (for paper towels) and Blackstone Hall, a second donation bin for the Community Thrift Store outside the Academic Commons, help Choices provide Diva Cups at cost to students, and support massive improvements to campus irrigation systems to reduce water use. The 2014-15 SSF awards funded reusable "People Towels" for Clark Cougar Athletics teams and Bickman Fitness Center users, the installation of 5 more water bottle filling stations in residence halls and academic buildings... Read more
Recent Green Campus Improvements: Just as sustainability is a journey that continues to evolve, the University is continuously seeking to improve our footprint. Some of this takes the form of projects and physical upgrades, ranging from incremental to significant, and much of that occurs during summer break. In Summer 2015 we...
Student & Alumni Engagement Center to be Solar Powered: Clark's newest building is taking shape on Main Street, and is expected to open in summer 2016! The roof supports a full solar array that will provide the majority of the building's energy needs, a landmark for the city of Worcester and for theUniversity. Other sustainability features include repurposed furniture, native species landscaping, and potential LEED certification. For more information and pictures, click here.
Clark Wins National AND Regional EPA Awards: In 2015 Clark received two awards in recognition of outstanding success and initiative in reducing waste on campus. Clark was the only EPA awardee to receive two awards for different programs in the same year, for WasteWise and Food Recovery efforts.Read more
LEEP Projects & Sustainable Clark: LEEP and sustainability have a lot in common, starting with the opportunity to transform the world for the better and developing skill sets that transcend academic knowledge to address the challenges of an uncertain future. LEEP projects that directly impact Clark's campus and our environmental footprint are the result of Sustainable Clark's support of the LEEP initiative... Read more
Energy & Climate
Clark's Bold Climate Action Plan — Net Neutral by 2030: Clark University released its Climate Action Plan in 2009, detailing mitigation strategies for the University to reduce its greenhouse gas toward two goals: an interim goal of reduced emissions 20% below 2005 levels by 2015 and climate neutrality (net zero greenhouse gas emissions) by the year 2030. Clark signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in June 2007.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction on Track: As of the calendar reporting year 2015, Clark University has met its interim goal of a 20 percent reduction over 2005 emissions levels by 2015. The ultimate goal of net zero emissions by 2030 is very ambitious, but every year's efforts bring us closer!... Read more
New Cogeneration Engine Operating as of January 2013: Ground-breaking in its time, Clark's old cogeneration engine cranked faithfully away underneath Jonas Clark Hall from 1982 â€“ 2012, producing electricity for central campus and capturing the waste heat from electrical generation in a complex water loop that provides thermal energy-heat-to many campus buildings... Read more
Your French Fry Oil = Building Heat: In a multi-year collaborative project, Clark's fry oil from the cafeteria is recycled into biodiesel that heats a campus building at 138 Woodland St. The vegetable oil is collected and processed into biodiesel by a local small business, assisted by Clark students... Read more
'Smart Rooms' Get Smarter: Clark classrooms and meeting spaces equipped with projectors and other media equipment now have a much smaller carbon footprint... Read more
New Hand Dryers Reduce Waste, Energy: Energy-efficient air hand dryers were installed in bathrooms in the University Center, Jonas Clark, and Academic Commons, reducing waste from paper towels. The super-efficient model uses 80% less energy than conventional blown-air hand dryers, and dries hands completely and sanitarily in less than 15 seconds... Read more
Vending Machines Upgraded: Drink vending machines are now Energy Star models with up to 55% lower energy use than standard units. Read more
Atwood Hall Lighting Upgrade: Lighting fixtures that date from the 1970's were recently replaced in the Atwood Hall auditorium...Read more
National Grid's Smart Grid & Sustainability Hub: Clark students serve as 'ambassadors' to tour visitors around the latest energy-saving home appliances and provide information about smart grid metering and connectivity...
Clark Composts! in (almost all) Residence Halls: "If it was ever alive, you can compost it" — Clark Composts! One of very few colleges in the nation to be so bold, Clark rolled out an innovative compost collection program in Johnson-Sanford, Wright, and Dodd Halls in Fall 2013...Read more
Clark's Student-Run Community Thrift Store: Over 40 Tons Diverted from Landfill: The wildly popular student-run Community Thrift Store, now in its fifth year, was founded by students to reduce move-out waste and provide a sustainable, affordable shopping alternative... Read more
Lots of Firsts Toward a Zero Waste Campus: ClarkiePalooza 2015, the big barbeque for first-year students on their first day of Orientation, was completely Zero Waste for the first time ever! And Spree Day 2016 will be Zero Waste too, Read more
Dining Services Introduces 'ChoosetoReuse' green to go containers in the Bistro Cafe; Lean Path in the Kitchen: Already providing sustainable, compostable cardboard and starch-ware take out containers, Dining Services has gone further with ChoosetoReuse. No more waste from take-out containers! For only $5...
Clark Wins MassRecycle, Three Years in a Row: In 2013 Clark won MassRecycle 'Best Student Effort' among Massachusetts colleges and universities for its innovative and successful dorm composting program!...
Recycling & Diversion Rate Keep Getting Better: Clark's 2015 recycling rate was 35%, and the diversion rate was 54%. That means that of every pound of stuff 'thrown out' by the entire University, over half did NOT go to a landfill or incinerator! The 2014 recycling rate was 34%, while the total diversion rate was 53%. 2013 recycling rate was 35%, up from 19% in 2011! Our ...Read more
Waste Audit 2012 Results: 500 lbs of Garbage per Day in the Halls... Read more
Clark Now an EPA WasteWise Partner: Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions... Read more
Food, Water, Landscape
Clark Alum Brings Leafy Green Machine to Campus: Sponsored by Clark Dining Services and Sustainable Clark, a revolutionary hydroponic growing system - housed in a re-used shipping container - is now growing hyper-local food for Clarkies right in Lasry parking lot, and the first harvest will be for EarthWeek! Read more
Clark Commits to the Real Food Challenge: 20% 'Real' Food by 2020: President David Angel, Business Manager Paul Wykes, and Clark Dining Services (Sodexo) Director Heather Vaillette signed the Real Food Challenge in 2013, committing Clark Dining to serve 20% 'real' food as measured by expenses by 2020...
Water Bottle Filling Stations Installed: In summer 2015, 2014 and 2013 'Hydration Stations' to refill your reusable water bottle with chilled, filtered water were added on... Read more
Clark Wins National EPA Award in Food Recovery Challenge...Read more
Students Change the Clark Landscape with Rain Garden, Biodiversity Gardens...Read more
Water Efficiency Upgrades: Water efficient shower heads and toilets were installed across campus in 2011 and 2014... Read more
The Local Root Provides Clark Community Locally & Sustainably Grown Food...Read more
Electric Vehicles: Two new electric trucks are buzzing around the Clark campus as of 2014, with zero emissions and zero pollutants!...Read more
ECO Award Goes to Clark in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015...Read more
Clark's Electric Vehicle Charging Stations First in Central Massachusetts...Read more
Clark Joins NuRide, You Get Rewards for Greener Trips...Read more
Cycles of Change Offers Bike Repair Services, Clinic...Read more