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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  • 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...
  • RM_logo_2015_square RecycleMania 2015 Is On - RecycleMania 2015 is on! Colby EcoReps and the Office of Sustainability will spend February and March working to increase recycling on campus and to divert as much waste as possible from landfills as part of the national recycling competition among higher education institutions. Colby has made several changes to its recycling program just in the...
  • images Save Heat, Increase Winter Comfort by Signing the Campus Window Pledge - Over JanPlan and the spring semester, the Office of Sustainability and student EcoReps led a campaign for students to sign a pledge to keep their window closed for the winter. If your room is an uncomfortable temperature, contact the Physical Plant Department (PPD) instead of opening a window or running a space heater. PPD is...

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