Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.20
Liaison Mina Amundsen
Submission Date Nov. 5, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Colby College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sandy Beauregard
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Green Campus Consortium of Maine


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Colby is involved in a small cohort of institutions that have begun using the Nitrogen Footprint calculator to track our nitrogen footprint. We are in the second round of participants and have attended the conference for the past three years, except for the summer of 2017 due to the turnover in the Sustainability Office, to share our data and collaborate with institutions who are already tracking their footprint, and coach those who wish to.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Colby submitted a case study to the EPA Food Recovery Challenge and received recognition for having a significant increase in food waste diversion.


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Colby's Sustainability Coordinator served as on the Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group for the United States Green Building Council from 2010 - 2016, and was chair for the last year and a half of his term. The Director of Sustainability also is a member of the board of directors of Sustain Mid Maine, a local non-profit.


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Colby is very open to collaboration with other universities, answering questions posed through our Sustainability Office email account and helping guide the installation of Colby programs at other institutions, or helping guide other institutions through the reporting process for sustainability submissions. One example is our collaboration with Bowdoin to compete against them in the Dorm Electricity Competition in spring 2017 where both schools saved energy.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Colby has signed the Governor’s Carbon Challenge and the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and has formed partnerships with the National Wildlife Federation Ecology Program, Maine Green Power Connection, the Institution Recycling Network, Clean Air-Cool Planet Climate Initiative, EPA New England College and University Integrated Strategy, Green Campus Consortium of Maine, and Zipcar.

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