We believe these sustainability initiatives will be of considerable interest to Clark University alumni and friends of the environment
In 2006, Clark President John Bassett established the Clark University Environmental Sustainability Task Force, comprising faculty, administration, staff, and graduate and undergraduate student representatives. Its mission is to promote environmental sustainability at Clark by increasing awareness of environmental and sustainability issues on campus; researching environmental impacts of University activities along with recommendations for improvement; and coordinating activities related to the environmental sustainability of the University. The Task Force also is responsible for managing and monitoring Clark’s Climate Action Plan progress, and oversees the Food Systems Working Group, a committee of faculty, administration, staff, and students who are responsible for achieving the goals of the Real Food Challenge, signed in 2013 to commit Clark to serving 20 percent real food by 2020. The Task Force reports to the President.
The Task Force provided a Progress Report to the President in 2012; assessed and presented a justification for Clark to subscribe to AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Ranking program (STARS) to chart the University’s progress, and to encourage systemic change, in 2013; and, from 2013 to 2014, discussed and crafted an updated range of sustainability metrics and goals that would preclude membership in STARS. The Task Force also received a Climate Action Plan Update report from Sharon Bort ’14 that addressed new technologies, revisited existing mitigation strategies, and considered future actions based on the achievement of Clark’s 2015 interim greenhouse gas emissions goal.
An Environmental Sustainability Report published by the Task Force in 2007:
- Introduced a set of metrics by which to measure and track the environmental footprint of the University
- Identified and assessed programs and initiatives undertaken at Clark to improve our environmental performance
- Increased awareness of the environmental impacts of activities of the University
- Disseminated information about environmental sustainability at Clark and promoted action toward sustainability