In 2013, following the opening of a biomass heating plant and implementation of a range of energy conservation projects, Colby achieved carbon neutrality. Colby was the fourth college in the country and the first in the NESCAC to do so. Colby’s environmental studies program is among the oldest offered at U.S. liberal arts colleges. The number of majors offered in the program has grown substantially, including several interdisciplinary tracks emphasizing policy or science from an environmental perspective or an environmental track in hard sciences like biology and chemistry. Colby’s partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences offers expanded educational and research opportunities in marine sciences and climate change for students and faculty. Student projects in these programs have helped contribute to Colby’s green momentum. The campus is home to a 128-acre arboretum, much of the 714-acre campus is a wildlife sanctuary, and the college owns additional properties on the nearby Belgrade Lakes, including a kettle bog for research. A cogeneration turbine on campus supplies 10 percent of the school’s electricity needs, and purchased electricity comes from Green-e certified sources. Colby has adopted comprehensive process-focused green building standards for all new construction, renovation, and limited scope projects. These include a requirement to achieve at least LEED Silver certification on all future building projects. To date, Colby’s campus has twelve LEED-certified buildings (eight Gold, three Silver, and one Certified), and 15 percent of the campus square footage is LEED-certified space. Students play active roles in the college’s green initiatives, as members of the Environmental Advisory Committee to the college president; as recycling coordinators; Eco-Reps in the dorms; and as members of student organizations like the Environmental Coalition, the Organic Gardening Club, and Project RESCUE (Recycle Everything, Save Colby’s Usable Excess), which collects furniture, household items, and clothing left behind by students at the end of the year for a campus-wide yard sale the following fall. Any leftover materials from the sale are donated to local nonprofits. A biomass heating plant burning locally sourced fuel certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative reduces on-campus oil consumption by an astounding 90 percent.
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
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.