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Colgate is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2019. To reach this goal, we are exploring a variety of options to offset the emissions we can’t yet reduce. The below answers to some of our most frequently asked questions will help you to gain a better understanding of what carbon neutrality is and why it […]
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Colgate University accepts responsibility for its contribution to global climate change and is preparing to thrive in a low-carbon future.  By achieving carbon neutrality in 2019, Colgate is committed to 1) reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campus and 2) investing in high-quality carbon offset projects that eliminate remaining emissions from Colgate’s operations. Significant sources of […]
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– Madison Smith ’19 In the fall, I wrote a short blog post about my initial reactions to sustainability in Manchester, England during my semester abroad. My observations included accessible recycling, vast bike paths, and a variety of vegan and vegetarian food options. In general, it seemed like the U.K. had sustainability at the forefront […]
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The Sustainability Office is hiring three interns for the summer of 2018 to work on a wide range of projects to advance sustainability at Colgate and help bring Colgate to carbon neutrality. This is an exciting opportunity for Colgate students to get hands-on experience putting sustainability into action. Summer 2017 intern, Chaveli Miles ’19, stated the […]
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-Mak Bridge ’20 In the summer of 2017, I was given the opportunity  to work at the Colgate Community Garden and it was hands down one of the best experiences of my Colgate career. Working in the garden is by no means easy, but it is an incredibly rewarding experience.   Each summer, two interns […]
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-Revée Needham ‘18 In 2016,  Colgate’s Office for Off-Campus Study, Office of Sustainability, and Patagonia Sur came together to develop a new extended study in Patagonia. Among a large applicant pool excited to participate in this first-time extended study, I was chosen as one of the twelve students to join Biology Associate Professor Eddie Watkins […]
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-Noah Campbell ‘18 Over winter break, I spent eight days in Italy with Professor Linda Tseng, collecting water samples from historic fountains in Florence, Siena and Assisi, and visiting with water researchers in the area. Since the summer of 2017, I have been working with Dr. Tseng to analyze the water and sediment quality in […]
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This year marks Colgate’s eighth consecutive greenhouse gas inventory report. Colgate’s gross campus carbon emissions in Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) was 13,233 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTeCO2). We have reduced our net campus carbon footprint by 8,632 MTeCO2, representing a 51 percent reduction. Since signing the American […]
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– Delaney Pals ’18 Starting this spring there is a pilot program being implemented in Alumni hall that is attempting to reduce recycling contamination and increase overall recycling rates. In order to achieve these goals, there are no longer small trash and recycling bins in two of the seminar rooms. Instead, students, faculty, and staff […]
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-Revee Needham ‘18           Once again Colgate University is participating in a competition with other colleges and universities to decrease landfill waste and increase recycling rates. We are competing against Hamilton College in Clinton to see who can improve the most from February 5th to March 9th.  Recycling rates are calculated by dividing the recycled […]
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