What do you get when you combine aggressive sustainability initiatives with students, faculty and an administration committed to the environment? A more enjoyable campus, a shrinking carbon footprint, and, of course, recognition from The Princeton Review. In 2011, Carleton College formally introduced its Climate Action Plan to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. But sustainability initiatives were in place long before that year. Carleton boasts two wind turbines (360 feet tall!) for the production of renewable energy for the local grid, a LEED Gold residence hall for low impact living, and campus-wide compost, electric vehicle charging station for both campus and public use, and single-stream recycling programs to minimize the amount of waste the college community sends to the landfill. In fact, Carleton’s ongoing energy conservation programs have saved more than 1,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, 40,000 therms, and an estimated $100,000 in annual energy costs since 2010. Dining Services has heightened its green commitment by encouraging trayless dining. Not only does this move decrease water consumption, energy consumption, and food waste, but Dining Services reinvests money saved from this program in food quality, ensuring ever-improving eats for Carleton College students. Carleton’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement offers tons of ways for students to engage in local agriculture, energy, and sustainability initiatives through both classes and volunteer work via the Farm Mentorship program, Kids for Conservation, and others. In January 2014, Carleton students helped organize the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a day of education and action that drew more than 650 participants. With Carleton College rolling out new green initiatives and opportunities for students every week, we recommend you go check out the college’s sustainability blog for yourself.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.