IMG_20140312_123237EcoReps are students who are interested in creating change and who have a passion for sustainability. Representatives educate their peers on sustainable living practices, organize and execute waste diversion efforts local to their dorm, plan sustainability-related events throughout the year, communicate and market campus environmental activities, engage in campus-related sustainability research, and act as a sustainable living example for their community Learn More >


IMG_20140409_105801The Environmental Coalition seeks to educate the Colby and Waterville communities about recycling, water quality, maple sugaring, forest management, and other environmental issues. The office is located in the basement of Mary Low.

Colby Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

DSCN0903The Colby Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association operates a three-quarter-acre organic garden on campus. COFGA’s primary functions are growing produce for Colby’s dining halls, educating the student body about sustainable agriculture, and providing members with experience needed to grow their own food.

The Colby Alliance for Renewable Energy (C.A.R.E.) aims to mobilize the students and administration of Colby to work together for a sustainable energy future

Green Graduation

Green Grad PledgeThe 2014 graduation was Colby’s seventh Green Graduation. Events scheduled and supported by the Sustainability Office, the Office of Special Programs, Physical Plant, and Dining Services incorporate current and new green practices including minimizing the use of plastics, reducing electricity use, increasing composting, low-impact decorations, serving sustainable foods, using 100-percent-recycled products, gown recycling, and reducing paper use, among other initiatives.

Other Student Involvement

Students at Colby serve as recycling coordinators and in other paid part-time positions that promote sustainability. Students are involved in course work, independent study, and research, and new students discuss sustainability during orientation. Students and college-supported student-run organizations have been instrumental in initiating many policy changes promoting sustainability and conservation over the years.