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 >
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.
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.
- The dorms have an exciting addition this year, and we’re not just talking about some fresh paint… - In preparation for the upcoming school year, the Office of Sustainability revised and updated the Green Living Guide. The new guide accounts for the latest programs and initiatives on campus and is meant to guide students, faculty, and staff to live as environmentally sustainably as possible. The guide is broken up into six sections: reduce,... Read more »
- Piper and Drummond Residence Halls Earn LEED Gold Certification - Piper and Drummond residence halls earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in July 2014. These certifications mark the 10th and 11th LEED certifications and the fifth and sixth residence halls certified at the College. One key element for both buildings was improved... Read more »
- College Expands Recycling Efforts - The Office of Sustainability has made several recycling adjustments this summer to accept a wider range of materials. It now accepts used ink cartridges and toner; batteries; light bulbs; technological items like chargers, wires, keyboards, phones, and laptops; and used shoes. All members of the Colby Community are encouraged to bring any of these items... Read more »