Clark’s strong commitment to sustainability informs our policies.
Educating students to be responsible citizens
Clark University’s dedication to sustainability is expressed in our commitment to educating students to be responsible citizens of the world. As we help students develop the intellectual, social, and practical skills required to address the complex challenges of a rapidly changing world, including increasingly difficult environmental challenges, we recognize that the global community rightly looks to universities to provide leadership.
Clark’s tradition of involvement in environmental issues
Building on the University’s core mission of research, teaching, and learning, Clark faculty and students have pioneered research on natural hazards and risk, land use change, pollution control, climate mapping, and many other environmental issues. An important aspect of leadership is to monitor our own impact and explore ways in which we can enhance the environmental sustainability of the Clark campus as a model of active learning and demonstration. Faculty, staff, and students have spearheaded efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the University through such actions as establishing a cogeneration plant on campus, extensive recycling and composting programs, a campus thrift store, green cleaning and building policies, and an ever-evolving range of sustainability initiatives and programming. By constructing LEED-certified buildings such as the Lasry Center for Biosciences, Blackstone Residence Hall, and the Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center, the University reaffirms that environmental responsibility is a global priority and that a healthy environment is essential for learning and working.