An early signatory of the ACUPCC, Clark has tracked—and reduced—greenhouse gas emissions since 2005. Clark’s bold Climate Action Plan sets a goal of zero emissions by 2030, one of few schools to choose such an early date. That confidence is rooted in Clark’s core values of research, innovation, action and stewardship. “Challenge Convention, Change World” is amply demonstrated in many green campus features that started with student initiative: Clark’s co-generation plant (efficiently providing heat and power to 70 percent of campus); a student Recycling Crew (proud of a 50 percent diversion rate); composting 100 percent of food and paper waste in Higgins Cafeteria (winner of MassRecycle’s Gold award); the popular Clark Community Thrift Store (reducing landfill by more than twenty tons and saving customers $60,000 per year); plus the organic garden, green room auditors, bike share, food co-op, solar project, rain garden, and salvaged wood recycling bins to name a few! These green features are matched by an institutional commitment to sustainability guided by the Environmental Task Force and Sustainable Clark. Recent capital investments to improve energy and water efficiency throughout campus, such as motion sensors and dual flush toilets, are on track to exceed projected savings. Grounds and custodial services use only environmentally friendly products. Clark has committed to building all future buildings and renovations to LEED standards. EV charging stations (the first in central Mass) and ride share options encourage green transportation. Students can choose from among 130 interdisciplinary courses or get involved in extra-curricular activities such as Eco Reps, while Clark’s sustainability-focused institutes and programs (Marsh, Mosakowski, IDCE, CENTED, HERO) provide applied and action research opportunities for students on campus, in the community and across the globe.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.