Roberts Renovation Earns Colby’s 14th LEED Certificate for Sustainable Construction

Renovations to the Roberts Building completed in 2015 earned LEED gold certification, the U.S. Green Building Council announced in March. The renovation of the second and third floors as residence halls led to Colby’s 14th LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design) certification and increased LEED certified space to the point where 20 percent of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Colby Sustainability Ranking Among World’s Highest

When it comes to assessing sustainability practices, STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) is the gold standard, and in the most recent STARS survey, Colby rated gold. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) uses STARS to rate the sustainability performance of colleges and universities around the world. Colby’s high gold rating...