WE DID IT! In-Hall Composting Comes to Clark!

posted Feb 18, 2013, 9:24 AM by ClarkU EAC   [ updated Feb 18, 2013, 9:35 AM ]

It's Official!  With ever growing support coming from the student body and through the hard work of Eco-Reps' Projects Committee, our composting pilots in Maywood Hall have officially resulted in enough positive data to force the administration to listen!  The administration, specifically Residential Life and Housing (RLH), as well as Physical Plant, have agreed on a plan to bring composting to the majority of first years in Fall 2013 and then expand the program to all Residence Halls on campus within the next few years!  The hope is to create a culture of in-hall composting with first year students, which will be expanded as those students rise through Clark.  Expect to see expansion to all or most Residence Halls take place in Fall 2014.  

The following Residence Halls will begin in-hall composting in Fall 2013:
Wright Hall
Johnson-Sanford Center
Dodd Hall 

Those in Maywood may have noticed that the pilot in Maywood hall has ended.  With lots of work for a full-scale in-hall composting program to be kicked off in Week One 2013, we are joining forces with the recycling crew (and physical plant), and RLH to figure out how to make this program as successful as possible from the start, and unfortunately that means not enough resources available to continue our Maywood composting.

Remember, Eco-Reps can always provide you with a container which you can use to collect compost in your room with, and then you can empty the container in the compost bins in the UC.   Email us at for more information.

For all of those who participated in our composting pilot, we thank you for your support!  We also thank all Clarkies who have continued to help Eco-Reps grow faster than we could have ever imagined, allowing us to truly reduce Clark's full climate impact.

Yours Sustainably, 
Clark University Eco-Reps 

Wright Residents Wanted!

posted Feb 18, 2013, 9:07 AM by ClarkU EAC

We are looking for a current resident of Wright Hall who is committed to helping increase sustainability in Wright!  If you are interested please email

Do you live in Maywood, Dana, or Blackstone?

posted Oct 11, 2012, 1:55 PM by ClarkU EAC

We are currently looking for Hall Heads for Maywood, Dana, and Blackstone Hall.  If you are interested please see the Join Now! application of our website and email us with your Eco-Reps application.  

Hall heads are in charge of putting up Eco-Reps postings for their hall, and work with their hall's RA's to hold in-hall events aimed at increasing sustainability and ecological awareness.  

If you have any questions be sure to email us at

Green Your Club's Event!

posted Oct 11, 2012, 1:29 PM by ClarkU EAC   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 5:51 PM ]

The Collaboration committee is currently working on implementing a program to give all Clark clubs the option to make their events green with assistance from Eco-Reps.  While this program is being finalized, we would still love to make your club's event eco-friendly!  Send an email to at least 2 weeks before your event and we will work with you and provide assistance in making your event green and eco-friendly!

UPDATE: In-Hall Composting

posted Oct 11, 2012, 1:16 PM by ClarkU EAC

The project committee is continuing its work to create a comprehensive in-hall composting program for all residence halls.  We are hoping to submit our proposal to Clark administration by the end of the semester, and to begin implementation in all Residence Halls by the second half of Spring Semester (2013).

Currently the Maywood Hall Composting Pilot is up and running.  To get compost bins for your Maywood suite, please contact Jake Kailey (  Remember to empty your compost bins into the compost container in the Maywood Hall kitchen.  

For those living in Residence Halls other than Maywood, as well as those who live off campus or in Clark-owned houses, you can send an email to to get a compost bin for your room/suite/apartment.  You will have to empty your compost bin into the compost bins in the UC or Bistro.

Student Sustainability Fund (SSF)

posted Aug 22, 2012, 11:42 AM by ClarkU EAC   [ updated Oct 24, 2012, 10:04 AM ]

Have an idea to make the Clark community more sustainable?  Eco-Reps wants to help!  The Student Sustainability Fund allows individuals to partner with student clubs to apply for funding from the Student Sustainability Fund (SSF).  Email the details of your idea to and if we like your idea enough, we'll help you apply for funding and implement your project! 

The 2012-2013 SSF contains $20,000!  So if you want to make change in the Clark community, now is the time!

A general STATEMENT OF INTEREST APPLICATION  is due no later than NOVEMBER 1, 2012, which can be found at:

 The selected project teams will then be asked to complete the full Student Sustainability Fund application due Friday, November 30, 2012.

Any questions, concerns and APPLICATIONS should be submitted via email to

Yours Sustainably, 
Clark University Eco-Reps

The Clark Bike Share is back!

posted Aug 19, 2012, 10:51 AM by ClarkU EAC

Cycles of Change, a fellow member of the Clark Sustainability Collaborative (CSC), is getting the Clark Bike Share up and running as the school year approaches.  This means it's time to become a member of the Clark Bike Share!  For more information, please visit for more information!

Yours Sustainably, 
Clark University Eco-Reps

Welcome Class of 2016!

posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:47 PM by ClarkU EAC   [ updated Aug 11, 2012, 6:42 AM ]

Greetings new Clarkies!  As you begin your Freshmen year, Eco-Reps would love to welcome you to campus!  In case you aren't aware, sustainability at Clark has been on the rise in the last few years.  For the first time ever, Clark has been named to the Sierra Club's list of Green Schools, at number 17!! The founding of Eco-Reps in 2009, and our inclusion in Clark's Climate Action Plan, has made Eco-Reps a central part of Sustainable Clark and our ascent into the greenest schools in the country!  However, Clark is only as green as its students make it, and thus we need you to continue the tradition!!!

During Week One you will see a lot of us, we will be one of the only student-run organizations at the Student Resource Fair on Thursday, August 23rd (as we have become integral in helping students in their personal efforts to be green on campus) and again you'll see us at the Student Activities Fair for clubs on Friday August 31st.  Our General Interest Meeting will likely take place on Tuesday, September 4th (time and location TBD), and applications (see Join Now!) will be due by the end of that week. Don't be a stranger! Come and talk to us so we can get you involved in Clark's green movement! 

Clark Eco-Reps is an integral part of campus, and we work directly with Sustainable Clark in ensuring a green community on campus.  Right now we're working to implement a campus wide in-dorm composting program (expanding the current program in the University Center).  We're in charge of organizing Clark's Earth Day festival (Go Green on the Green!) and hold the original fall Sustainable Supper which you will hear about in September or October.  We also run the Hall vs Hall Sustainability Competition at Clark in the Fall.  These are only our major events, and we hold numerous lights off hours (often with stargazing or campfires!) and other mini-events (farmer's market trips in the fall!).  

Doing all of this work and more requires dedicated members.  You can make a difference in your community starting your freshmen year!  See Join Now to learn more! 

We look forward to having you be a part of Eco-Reps and Sustainable Clark in the future! 

Yours Sustainably, 
Clark University Eco-Reps

Clark's first Rain Garden

posted Apr 16, 2012, 6:36 AM by ClarkU EAC

the following has been taken from Clark's News Hub: Click Here to See the Original Story on

Planting clean water: Rain garden to be installed at Clark, April 18

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A rain garden will be planted outside of the Bassett Admissions Center at Clark between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, hosted by Clark students who will also offer a public presentation about rain gardens, which are a way to filter polluted water before it reaches streams and rivers. Clark and Main South community members are invited to help plant the garden.

" The Rain Garden Team has made a lasting and positive contribution to sustainability at Clark and in the community."

~ Jenny Isler, Sustainability Coordinator

Last fall, a team of students researched and designed the rain garden as their final project in a course titled “The Sustainable University,” receiving approval for an Earth Day installation. The students collaborated with Sustainable Clarkand with student organizations, Clark’s grounds crew and Physical Plant, the Blackstone River Coalition, the office of Worcester’s former Mayor Joseph O’Brien, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute students. The Clark Sustainability Collaborative provided most of the funding, with added support from the Admissions office, Clark Undergraduate Student Council, and Physical Plant.

“There is growing concern about pollution from storm drains; this dedicated group of students saw the problem, designed a solution, and stayed with the project long after their class was over,” said Clark Sustainability Coordinator Jenny Isler. “I love how simple a rain garden solution is — any homeowner can build one, and using native plants makes it a haven for wildlife, too. The Rain Garden Team has made a lasting and positive contribution to sustainability at Clark and in the community. Our hope is that Worcester residents will visit Clark’s rain garden and be inspired to make their own.”

The Sustainable University, which is taught by assistant professor Jennie Stephens, is a graduate-level course for undergraduates and graduate students together. Subtitled “Sustainability and the Role of Higher Education,” it is part of Clark’s Environmental Science & Policy program within the International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) Department.

“Professor Stephens’ class was a great opportunity for me — coming in as a first year — to become acclimated to the Clark environment and be part of a meaningful project,” said William Maxwell, Class of 2015.

Johnson Hall wins Sustainability Competition!

posted Mar 13, 2012, 1:39 PM by ClarkU EAC

Congratulations to Johnson Hall for blowing away the competition and having a cumulative energy use reduction of 13% over 3 weeks!! Here are the top 5 halls:

Johnson (13%)

Dana (8.4%)

Blackstone (6.7%)

Dodd (4.8%)

Wright (1.6%)

Johnson Hall will win a Ben and Jerry's ice cream party! Date to be announced shortly.  Look for in hall postings for details! 

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