walking our talk

Living Sustainably as a Core Strategy

At Colby-Sawyer, we recognize the need for a systems approach in addressing global challenges and creating a healthy and sustainable future. Collaborative discussions have helped us to identify Living Sustainably as a strategic theme by which to plan and make responsible decisions.

GreenROUTES is our campus-wide initiative to eliminate our greenhouse gas emissions, integrate sustainability into our curriculum and overall educational experience, and achieve our shared vision of personal well-being, social justice, financial security and environmental stability for ourselves and our larger global community. View our current progress and programs in the GreenROUTES Sustainability Timeline.

Over the coming years, we'll likely witness similar changes in legislation, technology and community infrastructure that will help support our GreenROUTES vision. Meanwhile, each one of us has an important role to play in this process. The cumulative impact of our day-to-day actions is shaping the kind of world future generations will inherit.

Empowering Our Students to Change the World

Colby-Sawyer has always guided its decision-making process with one question, “How will students benefit?” Our response has been to improve the experience we offer in our classrooms, on campus and beyond.

In this age of globalization, there is a level of connectedness and consequence that exists beyond the boundaries of our community. By signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment we have extended that locus of care in a significant way. We are reaching beyond our campus to people and species around the globe and to future generations who will inherit the outcome of the choices we make today.

Our students, their children and grandchildren will all benefit as we model global citizenship in our infrastructure, operations, culture and curriculum. From that mindful perspective, we all learn how to live in a society moving towards a clean-energy economy and towards responsibly addressing the origins and impacts of climate change.

As we develop and embody the skills and characteristics that reflect the positive changes occurring in the world, our students become the very people that the world needs. We create a local living model of a thriving and sustainable community.