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Colby has continually identified and implemented measures to reduce campus energy consumption. This started in earnest in 2000 when the College created the Environmental Advisory Group (EAG) and sustainability became a College core value. Since that time, despite major new buildings and significant growth, the College has realized substantial reductions in steam, electricity, and water consumption. Stay tuned for news as the College formalizes its preliminary energy management plans for the future.

 


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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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