xclimaterally.jpg.pagespeed.ic.4n5ejlKvHwStudents promote sustainability, conservation, and environmental awareness as members of the Environmental Advisory Group (which advises the president), as EcoRep coordinators, and in other paid part-time positions in the ES program. Colby supports an active Environmental Coalition, and the Colby Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. New students are involved in sustainability discussions during orientation. Students engage initiatives through course work, independent study, academic honors projects, and committees. Students have been instrumental in initiating many policy changes promoting sustainability and conservation over the years.

Student Involvement 

There are dozens of ways for students to get involved with Colby’s sustainability initiatives including these four student groups that focus on sustainability: EcoReps, EnviroCo, COFGA, and CARE. Learn more >

Green Office Certification

Green Office CertificateThere are several ways for faculty and staff to get involved with sustainability initiatives at Colby, including the Green Office Certification program led by the Office of Sustainability.

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Environmental Advisory Group

Students, faculty, and staff serve on Colby’s Environmental Advisory Group (EAG), formed in 2000 to advise the president and the College on environmental stewardship, sustainability, conservation, and alternative energy. The EAG has proposed, evaluated, recommended, and helped implement an array of ambitious green initiatives. The structure has served as a model for other institutions. Learn More >


Project RESCUE

RESCUE Sale 2013RESCUE (Recycle Everything, Save Colby’s Usable Excess) started in 2001-02 to capture clothing, household items, furniture, appliances, and other items that departing students leave behind at the end of each school year. Now clothing and furniture are donated to local nonprofits and other items are cleaned and stored for sale the following fall, taking literally tons of material out of the waste stream for reuse.


Latest News

  • 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...
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