Students Help to Build a Sustainable Campus and Community
Colby-Sawyer College runs on renewable energyand it runs on student energy, too. A campus culture of concern for the environment and dedication to sustainability has taken root as GreenROUTES, a student-driven initiative to reduce the college's environmental footprint; minimize waste; reduce the need and usage of gas, electricity, paper and food; and improve the quality and efficiency of buildings.
By 2050, our campus will be carbon neutral. This is our pledge. But no one is waiting until then for change. Sustainability principles are put into practice through zero-sort recycling and zero-waste events, and purchasing guidelines that reduce our waste and energy use. Our newest building, The Windy Hill School, has achieved Silver-level LEED certification as a green and healthy building, and we are looking into bring solar and wind energy to campus, as well as biomass plant.
The college currently offers classes in Fair Trade, Environmental Law, Sustainable Living and Permaculture, and other classes have integrated sustainability principles and issues into the curriculum. Additionally, a new concentration in Sustainable Business has been created within the Business Administration major.
Many of our students across majors are engaged in helping the college meet its sustainability goals. Here are some examples of what they're doing:
Students are designing and building a green classroom using locally sourced materials and renewable energy.
Students plant and tend the college's organic vegetable garden.
Students are award-winning Eco-Reps who educate their peers and the wider community about the power we all have to make a difference.
Students raised funds to bring wind and solar systems to campus.
Our award-winning Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is working to create an Eco-House and a bike share program.
Colby-Sawyer's Climate Action Plan characterizes our approach to environmental issues and their solutions as Whole Systems Sustainability, says Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer White '90, as we're equally interested in promoting and leveraging simultaneous progress in personal well-being, social justice, economic stability and ecological balance.
Learn more about our efforts to create a more sustainable campus and culture at GreenROUTES.