climate action plan

Our GreenROUTES Climate Action Plan

Our Climate Action Plan is a living document designed to lead us on the pathway toward two related visions: the quantitative achievement of climate neutrality and the qualitative embodiment of whole systems sustainability. We are working towards our vision by taking collaborative action in six interconnected areas: Energy; Transportation; Water & Biodiversity; Food; Waste & Consumption; and Culture, Curriculum & Investment. Read our GreenROUTES Climate Action Plan for Colby-Sawyer College, which was officially adopted by our Board of Trustees in May 2010.

Colby-Sawyer has set specific goals for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, including a 50% reduction from our 2008 baseline greenhouse gas emissions by 2015, a 70% reduction in those emissions by 2020, and a 100% reduction, or “carbon neutrality,” by 2050. We hope that everyone in our extended college community will feel inspired to join our efforts by taking steps to reduce their own environmental impact wherever they can. Whether you are a student, employee, alumni, or local resident we encourage you to get involved and bring your creativity and commitment to this emerging global imperative.

GreenROUTES Latest Updates

We're keeping track of our progress and the exciting steps that are being taken on campus to create a thriving, environmentally-friendly community and reach our emission reduction goals. Click here for the Lastest Update on our GreenROUTES Initiative.

Colleges Nationwide Commit to Climate Neutrality

In September of 2007 President Galligan signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), making us one of 152 charter signatories of this historic document. The number of colleges and universities that have committed to carbon neutrality and sustainability has now grown to 650 nationwide. Read the text of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.