Awards & Recognition

Here is a list of awards and citations from organizations and agencies that recognized the College’s efforts related to sustainability and conservation.

June 19, 2013
Biggest Carbon-Neutral School

"Colby College (Maine) is now the fourth higher ed institution—and the largest—to have gone carbon neutral," according to University Business magazine.

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Alfond-Lunder Pavilion is LEED Silver
June 5, 2013
Alfond-Lunder Pavilion is LEED Silver

The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, the newest wing of the Colby College Museum of Art, received silver certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green-building rating system June 5, 2013. It is Colby's ninth LEED-certified building, which is more than at any other private college in Maine.

2012-13 Green Power Winner (Again)
April 30, 2013
2012-13 Green Power Winner (Again)

Colby was named 2012-13 winner of the EPA's College and University Green Power Challenge in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Colby was credited with using 103 percent sustainably sourced electricity. The runner-up in NESCAC purchased 25 percent of its power from green sources.

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February 5, 2013
Colby Rates Silver in AASHE STARS

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) rates college and university sustainability performance with STARS, its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™. Colby earned a silver rating in the transparent, self-reporting framework developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community.

Wood-fired Biomass Heating Plant is LEED Gold
January 23, 2013
Wood-fired Biomass Heating Plant is LEED Gold

Colby's biomass-fueled steam plant was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council in January 2013, a year after it began operating. The plant generates steam for heating buildings, hot water, cooking, and cogeneration of electricity by burning low-grade, sustainably harvested wood mass including treetops, branches, and trees cut in thinning operations. That biomass replaces almost 1 million gallons of heating oil per year. It is Colby's eighth LEED-certified building—more than any peer institutions.

Treworgy Hall Certified LEED Gold
November 14, 2012
Treworgy Hall Certified LEED Gold

Treworgy, a former fraternity house built in the 1950s, is the fourth residence hall on Roberts Row certified at the LEED Gold standard and the seventh LEED-certified building on campus—more than at any other private college in Maine.

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2011-12 EPA Green Power Champion
April 18, 2012
2011-12 EPA Green Power Champion

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named Colby NESCAC's 2011-12 Green Power Challenge conference champion in April 2012. Colby makes about 10 percent of its electricity through cogeneration and buys the remainder from 100-percent renewable sources. Colby's percentage of green power, using the EPA's methodology, is twice that of the second-place school.

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2012 National Champion, Enviance and Environmental Leader Tournament
April 2, 2012
2012 National Champion, Enviance and Environmental Leader Tournament

Eviance, the world's leading provider of environmental ERP software, named Colby its first-ever national champion in a March 2012 environmental studies tournament, against the likes of Duke, Purdue, UNC Asheville, and others.

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Goddard-Hodgkins LEED Gold
October 13, 2011
Goddard-Hodgkins LEED Gold

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded LEED Gold certification to Goddard-Hodgkins residence hall, remodeled and expanded in 2010. This brings the number of LEED-certified buildings on campus to six, three at the gold level.

2009-10 EPA Green Power Champ
April 19, 2010
2009-10 EPA Green Power Champ
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named Colby NESCAC's 2009-10 Green Power Challenge conference champion in April 2010. Colby makes 10 percent of its electricity through cogeneration and buys only green power, from 100-percent renewable sources.
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Two Residence Halls LEED Gold - 2009
August 18, 2009
Two Residence Halls LEED Gold - 2009

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded LEED Gold certification to two residence-hall renovation projects: Pierce and Perkins-Wilson, both remodeled and expanded in 2008. This brings to five the number of LEED-certified buildings on campus.

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Cotter Union LEED Silver 2009
May 1, 2009
Cotter Union LEED Silver 2009
Cotter Union, Colby's student center, was certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council after extensive renovations and two additions were completed that expanded the facility by 18,000 square feet.
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EPA 2008-09 Green Power Conference Champion
April 20, 2009
EPA 2008-09 Green Power Conference Champion
For the second year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named Colby NESCAC conference champion for use of green electricity, and, again, Colby had the highest percentage use of green electricity in the nation among colleges and universities in the competition.
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EPA 2007-08 Green Power Conference Champion
April 28, 2008
EPA 2007-08 Green Power Conference Champion

A program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named Colby the 2008 NESCAC conference champion for use of green electricity. Beyond NESCAC, Colby had the highest percentage use of green electricity of any college or university in the national competition.

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Diamond Building LEED Award 2008
February 11, 2008
Diamond Building LEED Award 2008

The 44,000-square-foot Diamond Building, for social sciences and interdisciplinary studies, received LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification in February 2008. LEED is the a set of standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

NWF Ecology Program - 2006
June 1, 2006
NWF Ecology Program - 2006

In 2006, the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program granted Colby Campus Ecology Recognition for measurable positive achievements and commitment to serving as a model of sustainability.

Alumni Center LEED Award 2006
March 31, 2006
Alumni Center LEED Award 2006

The geothermally heated and cooled Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center received silver-level certification in the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green-building program in March 2006. Silver certification is  a step higher than basic LEED certification.

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November 5, 2004
Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence - 2004

For its outstanding efforts in environmental protection, Colby College in Waterville received a 2004 Maine Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence on November 5 in Augusta. Governor John Baldacci presented the awards to focus attention on the environmental accomplishments of 18 businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the state.

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EPA Environmental Merit Award - 2004
April 22, 2004
EPA Environmental Merit Award - 2004

Colby was honored in Boston on Earth Day 2004 with an Environmental Merit Award from the New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognized exceptional work and commitment to the environment in 2003. "Colby College is 'walking-the-talk' when it comes to combining strong academic environmental programs with tangible actions to reduce the environmental impact of its campus operations," the agency said in a press release.

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EPA Best Management Practices Catalog - 2003
April 1, 2003
EPA Best Management Practices Catalog - 2003

In April 2003 Colby's R.E.S.C.U.E. (Reuse Everything! Save Colby's Usable Excess) program was included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Best Management Practices for Colleges and Universities. This catalog features initiatives at private and public schools across the United States, ranging in size from over 20,000 students to under 2,000. According to the EPA the catalog is designed to "assist colleges and universities achieve compliance and beyond compliance goals such as pollution prevention, resource conservation, and environmental stewardship."

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September 20, 2002
Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence - 2002

On September 20, 2002 Colby College was honored with the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. The award recognized the continuing efforts of the Colby community to make the campus a more environmentally friendly place. Some of Colby's accomplishments include reduced paper consumption in the dining halls, reduced electrical consumption due to retrofits as well as a host of other sustainable measures taken throughout the campus. Colby is the FIRST educational institution to receive this distinguished award.

 
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