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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  • Colby's new Simplivity server platform. Sustainability Behind the Scenes: Colby Data Center - Colby’s Information Technology Services (ITS) server group has been busy updating the College’s server environment, and creating significant energy reductions was one of its primary goals. The server group identified a technology that would allow ITS to keep up with growth in services provided by the server environment while drastically reducing the servers’ electricity consumption. Servers...
  • Parking lot LED lights use about a third as much electricity to produce more light than units they replaced. Exterior Lighting Project Provides Big Savings and ROI - Parking lots across campus recently received a face-lift—not pavement, but exterior lighting. This year a pilot energy management plan identified 13 energy conservation projects that were expected to reduce electricity consumption at Colby by approximately 500,000 kWh annually. Projects include exterior and interior lighting changes and the installation of variable frequency drives in kitchens and in the...
  • 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...

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