The council emphasizes Colgate’s unique role in regards to environmental stewardship. Located in rural, central New York near the foothills of the Adirondacks, Colgate’s Sustainability Council carries a strong sense of obligation to foster an ecological mindful campus; and, they have made great strides thus far:
- In collaboration with Buildings and Grounds, the council contracted forester to revise the 10-year stewardship plan for Colgate's approximately 1,100 acres of undeveloped open and forested lands.
- In partnership with the Sustainability Council, three faculty members co-taught an Environmental Studies senior seminar in which students explored potential applications of alternative energy and conservation at Colgate and in the surrounding community. The findings from the course helped foster the establishment of a 10-acre willow biomass pilot plot which since 2009 has provided both research possibilities and a source of wood chips for the biomass burning facility that heats 70% of our campus.
- The council helped to support the addition of more community-based, locally sourced or third party certified food purchasing in Colgate’s dining halls.
The Colgate Sustainability Fund was established by the Class Gift of 2008 and continues to be supported by those interested in encouraging sustainability at Colgate. The fund allows the Sustainability Council is able to support the initiatives that bolster environmental stewardship, economic integrity, and social compassion on campus and in the Town of Hamilton.
To contribute to the Sustainability Fund, click here to donate online or contact our Institutional Advancement office at 315-228-7433.
Thank you for supporting our sustainability initiatives and recognizing its importance on campus!