In April 2013, Colby became one of the first colleges in the country to achieve carbon neutrality.
Today, our commitment to environmental sustainability remains evident in almost every department and program across campus. We have embraced policies and practices that respect the environment and promote sustainable living principles.
In addition, pioneering academic programs and a legacy of green values have made Colby a leader in environmental initiatives, and success is evident—in our net reduction of carbon emissions, the effectiveness of our sustainability programs on campus, and several innovative environmental initiatives throughout the organization.
Pioneering Environmental Studies
Colby was on the forefront of introducing academic environmental programs in the early 1970s. We are continuing our leadership by offering rigorous, distinctive interdisciplinary academic programs in environmental studies.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a world leader in marine and climate change research, and, as one of the world’s ecosystems most affected by global change, the Gulf of Maine is a natural laboratory.
An independent nonprofit of which Colby is a founding partner, the 7 Lakes Alliance fosters research, advocacy and educational outreach about Maine’s pristine freshwater ecoystems.
The family foundation of the Wyeths, whose name is synonymous with American art, supports academic and research opportunities on Allen Island and with the Herring Gut Learning Center in midcoast Maine.
Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab
Russ Cole Research Fellows Program
Our Green Campus
Environmental Advisory Group
Colby’s Environmental Advisory Group, or EAG, was formed in 2000 to advise the president and College community on issues related to the environmental stewardship of the campus and region. The EAG works to raise awareness about ongoing environmental initiatives, promote environmental consciousness, and address environmental concerns.
Colby’s pledge to become carbon neutral was achieved in 2013—two years ahead of its planned schedule. The College uses a mix of renewable energy sources and purchases carbon offsets in order to achieve net carbon neutrality, while continuing to innovate new ways to reduce our overall carbon footprint. During fall 2017, a 5,300-panel solar installation adjacent to Mayflower Hill began producing an expected 15 percent of Colby’s total electricity needs.
Colby is a leader in green development among its peer institutions, with 15 LEED-certified spaces to date—and more planned. These spaces comprise approximately 368,000 square feet, which is 24 percent of Colby’s building area.
Our students are instrumental in promoting and initiating sustainability and conservation at Colby. Groups include EcoReps, who exemplify sustainable living to their peers, the Environmental Coalition, the Colby Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and the Colby Alliance for Renewable Energy.Learn how to get involved in Colby’s sustainability efforts.