Students designed and built the free-standing Sustainable Classroom using timber frame construction, a straw bale wall, passive solar heating, and locally-sourced, natural materials.
Colby-Sawyer runs on renewable energy—and it runs on your energy, too. At its core are Four Foundational Commitments established to promote a culture of sustainability and resilience through a shared vision of personal wellness, social justice, financial stability, and ecological balance for the larger global community.
By 2050, the campus will be carbon neutral—but no one is waiting until then for change. In 2010, the Windy Hill School achieved LEED Silver Certification as a green and healthy building. In 2012, solar power came to Colby-Sawyer and energy conservation measures have saved the college $150,000 annually. And, by 2015, the college reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent.
Colby-Sawyer offers classes in environmental law, global sustainability, and permaculture, while faculty from across disciplines integrate these principles into their curriculum and every student has the option to choose sustainability as a minor.
Your participation is essential as the college works to meet sustainability goals. Here is what you've been doing:
Some of your classmates are award-winning Eco-Reps who educate the community about their power to make a difference. So far, 300 of you have partnered with community stakeholders and gained professional experience through your participation in the Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls.
Over the coming years, you'll likely witness similar changes in society's legislation, technology, and community infrastructure that support Colby-Sawyer's vision and strategic plan. From that mindful perspective, you will learn how to move toward a clean-energy economy and to address the origin and impact of climate change. Meanwhile, each one of you has an important role to play in this process. The cumulative impact of your day-to-day actions is shaping the kind of world future generations will inherit.
Learn more about how you can create a more sustainable campus culture with Colby-Sawyer’s Blueprint for Resilience & Innovation.