New Construction

In 2014 Colby adopted a set of comprehensive green building standards that includes requirements for LEED certification at a minimum LEED Silver rating as well as process-focused requirements regarding energy modeling, life cycle costing, an integrated design process ,and building energy metering. Learn more >

Existing Buildings

We try to retrofit all existing buildings with the most energy and environmentally efficient devices; we use green cleaning practices; we find and implement new methods to conserve energy, water, and other resources; and so much more.
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By beginning sustainability efforts in 2000, Colby College’s Dining Services, run by Sodexo, moved to the cutting edge of top food trends, many of which increase sustainability in food service. Learn More >


We are taking a multifaceted approach to make transportation at Colby as sustainable as possible.

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The College is committed to making sustainable purchases, and the Physical Plant Department is committed to sustainable landscaping practices, including an Integrated Pest Management Plan and sustainable cleaning, highlighted in their green cleaning document.

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  • Green Team members Maggie Hojlo and Jimmy O'Donnell show off their composting gloves at the Commencement lunch. Over 90% of the event's waste was diverted by the Green Graduation Team. Green Graduation Team Achieves Zero-Waste Goal Over Commencement Weekend - Graduation became a little more sustainable this year due to the Green Team’s focus on reducing food waste from commencement events. This May the team set a zero-waste event goal for the two weekend meals —the Friday night lobster bake and Sunday commencement lunch following the graduation ceremony. A zero-waste event is considered successful when...
  • Copyright 2013 Rodney Rascona for The Paradigm Project Colby College Continues it Carbon Neutrality Commitment - The start of the 2015-16 fiscal year brought an opportunity for Colby to continue its carbon neutrality commitment with the purchase of carbon offsets. The College, with the help of partners Renewable Choice Energy and the CarbonNeutral Company, found three projects to support. In total Colby purchased 8,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCDE)—approximately the...
  • unnamed Solar Panels on SSWAC Now Generating kWhs - Commencement activities always bring a jolt of energy to campus, but this year there’s an actual new source of electricity. This month Colby installed its first solar photovoltaic installation on the roof of the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, the first of Colby’s 12 LEED-certified buildings now on campus. Installed by Maine Solar Engineering, the panels have a generating capacity of 25.76 kW and...

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