FACULTY PROFILE: Caye Drapcho is chair of the President’s Commission on Sustainability

Dr. Drapcho's Sustainable Energy Class designed, constructed and installed a solar air heater in the Sustainable Shed  at the Calhoun Field Laboratory
Dr. Drapcho’s Sustainable Energy Class designed, constructed and installed a solar air heater in the Sustainable Shed at the Calhoun Field Laboratory

Caye Drapcho, Undergraduate Coordinator and Associate Professor in Biosystems Engineering, has been named the new Chair of the President’s Commission on Sustainability (PCS).

Dr. Drapcho’s research interests are in the areas of sustainable biofuels and bioproducts formation, environmental remediation, microbial kinetics, and bioreactor modeling.

The PCS was established in September of 2009 by President James Barker. In December of 2010, the PCS released a draft of the University’s first comprehensive Sustainability Plan, acting as the basis for all sustainability practices at Clemson. The plan was filed in accordance with the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, of which Clemson is a signatory. The PCS at Clemson University is the coordinating body for our efforts to become a model of sustainability among institutions. To creatively address sustainability, the PCS facilitates collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and the community by integrating education, research, and public service with the social, economic, and environmental infrastructure. The PCS meets once a month and meetings are open to all members of the University community; individuals interested in becoming involved are encouraged to attend.