Clark University

All able of making a difference in the world: Sustainable Clark.

Clark University released its Climate Action Plan in 2009, detailing ambitious mitigation strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions toward two goals: an interim goal of reduced emissions 20% below 2005 levels by 2015 and climate neutrality by the year 2030. With substantial energy-efficiency changes, GreenerU is helping Clark reach the finish line.

Clark sustainability goals:

Climate neutrality by 2030

Annual energy savings

$366,709

Annual MTCO2e savings

1,389

Annual MMBtu savings

17,078

After becoming a signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007 under President John Bassett, Clark was looking to make progress on lowering its greenhouse gas emissions.

Starting in 2010, GreenerU performed an investment-grade audit of Clark’s campus, created a list of potential energy conservation measures, then worked with campus staff to develop a multi-year implementation plan.  Leveraging $1.3 million in utility incentives, GreenerU implemented key projects, including direct digital controls, boiler controls, lighting upgrades, and water efficiency improvements. The program was designed to reduce the campus carbon footprint by more than 20% while meeting strict financial criteria and addressing significant deferred maintenance needs.