Colby College joins the carbon neutrality club 2 years ahead of schedule
Find out how this small Maine liberal arts school achieved its goal of being 100% carbon-neutral ahead of a 2015 deadline.
Wed, Apr 17 2013 at 11:08 PM
Huge congratulations to Colby College
for becoming just the fourth college in the United States to achieve full carbon-neutrality
. Colby College, located in Waterville, Maine, (not too far from me here in Portland), didn't entirely cut its carbon dioxide emissions, but rather greatly reduced its emissions and bought offsets
for the portion school officials were unable to eliminate.
In 2002, each Colby student was responsible for around 15.6 tons of carbon dioxide. In 2012, the rate had been reduced to 5.72 tons per student and stands at 3.87 tons per student today. That's a remarkable reduction. The national average is around 9 tons per student.
Colby had set a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2015 but hit the mark two years early, thanks in part to the installation of a large biomass heating plant that services campus buildings. School officials also installed a co-generation turbine that produces electricity using waste heat and hot water from campus, and the campus buys almost all of its electricity from renewable sources.
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