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...

RESULTS: Colby vs. Bowdoin Dorm Electricity Competition 2015

The Colby vs. Bowdoin Dorm Electricity Competition officially ended on April 22nd after 3.5 weeks of electricity saving, and the results are in: campus-wide, we reduced our electricity consumption by 7%, for a total savings of 8,643 kilowatt hours! This is equal to 6,672 pounds of carbon dioxide averted and $1,123 dollars saved. This is an...

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...

Inaugural Five-Minute Shower Challenge Provides a Flood of Savings

Throughout a week in November, Colby EcoReps challenged students to limit their shower time to five minutes. The result: a savings of some 240 bathtubs full of water. The EcoReps kicked off the Five-Minute Shower Challenge by providing a timer and short explanation in each residence hall bathroom explaining the terms of the competition. The...

Waterville Farmers’ Market Featured During World Food Day

World Food Day is day of action against hunger, acknowledging the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This fall, Colby celebrated World Food Day with two days full of fun events. With local food as the theme, students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to take advantage and enjoy Waterville’s Farmers’...

Club Expo BBQ Composting Effort Leads to Huge Savings

Each fall Colby holds the Club Expo for students to get acquainted with—and join—extracurricular clubs and organizations. On Sept. 10 as part of the Club Expo barbecue, Colby EcoReps organized and executed a composting plan. When the event was over, students had diverted 90 percent of the waste from the event for composting, recycling, or...

Welcome Class of 2018!

First-years arrived a couple of days ago and we at the Office of Sustainability had the pleasure of meeting many of them at the RESCUE Sale and at the Vendor Fair! At the RESCUE Sale, first-years had the opportunity to purchase gently-used household items, furniture, appliances, and other items that other Colby students had donated....

RecycleMania 2014 Shows Tons of Colby Recycling

by Eda Reed ‘16 With more than 45 tons of Colby’s waste stream diverted from landfills in eight weeks, RecycleMania 2014 was a great success. Colby spent 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...