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Energy Conservation and Efficiency

Colgate uses roughly 30 million kWh per year of electricity to power our buildings, lights, and electronic equipment. We can do better. Here’s how.
A screenshot from the residence hall building dashboard, which tracks energy usage
Since 2009, we have reduced our electricity consumption on campus by over 1.3 million kilowatt-hours. This is attributed to better systems management, lighting upgrades, more efficient data centers, and all-around more sustainable behavior (e.g., people turning lights off in empty rooms, powering down computers overnight, and unplugging coffee pots and other electronic devices).

Tracking Residence Halls

Colgate uses Building Dashboard® to track energy and water usage in student residence halls. The publicly accessible dashboard features up-to-the-minute statistics. How is your residence doing?


Check back often for upcoming competitions to save energy!

Renewable Energy

A key to attaining sustainable energy practices is pursuing and improving renewable energy. Our programs are at the cutting edge.


Upgrade Your Bulbs

Do you still have an incandescent light bulb in your office or residence? Call Facilities at 315-228-7130 to replace it with an energy-efficient CFL.

Green Facilities

Newer Colgate facilities and renovations all include energy-saving building systems. Here are a few facts:
  • Case-Geyer: Employs energy-efficient technology for lighting ballasts and lamps.

  • Ho Science Center: Employs heat recovery technology to recover energy from exhaust air streams.

  • Trudy Fitness Center: In 2011, Trudy became Colgate's first official green building achieving gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.


  • Lathrop Hall: Lathrop is striving to become our first major renovation to achieve LEED certification. 
In addition, all new buildings and renovations utilize our centrally monitored and controlled energy management system that minimizes heating and cooling by closely monitoring water, steam, and electric usage.