About ISE

Professor, Susan Powers working with a student in the aerobic greenhouse

The Institute for a Sustainable Environment sparks depth of thinking within our students as to how we can better our world and the world for future generations. With students and faculty like ours, we can create healthy world solutions that ultimately protect air, water and habitat resources and create sustainable communities.

Our faculty and students work on a variety of campus, community and international sustainability projects and have received national accolades for projects ranging from electric snowmobiles to a high-tech campus greenhouse. Our commitment to sustainability has been shown through on-campus projects such as the anaerobic digester and many acres of solar panels. The ISE’s successful support of our campus commitment to sustainability has resulted in many accolades, including an AASHE STARS Gold sustainability rating.

See it for yourself

Department Spotlight

Ducted Wind Turbine

Clarkson Ducted Wind Turbine Installation Celebration! Earth Day will be a big day for Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Ken Visser and his team as Clarkson University will celebrate the installation of Visser’s Ducted Wind Turbine, the 2018 project of the Clarkson Institute for a Sustainable Environment’s Sustainability Fund. Read More..

Evie Brahmstedt

Clarkson University Study Warns of Potential For Plan 2014 to Increase Mercury  Risk in the Saint Lawrence River. Plan 2014 is a regulation plan for determining the flows through the Moses-Sanders Dam located on the St. Lawrence River between Cornwall, Ontario, and Massena, New York. Read More.

Sierra Club

 Sierra club honors clarkson university for commitment to sustainability.Read More.

Reasons Behind the ROI
Community Engagement
Projects — Food access to climate smart communities.
Defy Convention
Find new ways to create healthy world solutions
High-Impact Learning
Systems perspective with hands-on approaches to skill building
Open-Ended Problems
Local to Global partners ignite experiential learning by sharing real-world problems.
Transformative Sustainable Solutions
Research across disciplines asks right questions to create solutions
5 year average total
Undergraduate Placement
Grad School
Top Grad Schools
Clarkson University • Columbia University • Cornell University • Drexel University • MIT • Purdue University • U Conn • Michigan • SUNY Buffalo • Syracuse University
Top Employers
Anaren Microwave Inc.
Barton & Loguidice
Bristol Myers Squibb
Department of Defense
General Electric Company
Lockheed Martin
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals


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