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...

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...

LED Lighting Retrofit at Hockey Arena

Let there be (more) light! During the summer of 2013 the Physical Plant Department (PPD) replaced the metal halide light fixtures in the Alfond Ice Rink with a new, more efficient, light emitting diode (LED) alternative. The project was initiated to improve lighting in the facility. PPD used the opportunity to evaluate a number of...