Colby was recognized twice Thursday, Jan. 22, when the U.S. Green Building Council’s Maine chapter held its annual awards night at the Ocean Gateway Terminal on Portland’s waterfront.

Twenty-seven buildings recently certified under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program were honored at the event. To be certified under the program, buildings must meet rigorous national standards for environmental and energy responsibility. Incoming USGBC chapter president Naomi Mermin told assembled architects, engineers, contractors, builders, and owners, “You are the green economy. … We are no longer on the fringe.”

Colby’s buildings on the list were the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, a LEED silver-certified building completed in 2005, and the Diamond Building, completed in 2007 and LEED certified last year. Colby has three other LEED certification applications pending: a combined application for Pulver Pavilion and the new bookstore in Cotter Union and applications for Pierce and Perkins-Wilson residence halls, both renovated in the summer of 2008.