Sustainability

Our Commitment

In April 2019 Colgate became the first institution of higher education in the State of New York to achieve carbon neutrality. For over a decade the university has focused on and invested in efforts to weave sustainability into the academic curriculum, and to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

The continued success of the university in its sustainability mission requires the ongoing and active commitment of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Colgate became the first institution of higher education in the State of New York to achieve carbon neutrality.
100%
Carbon neutral
15th
2017 Sierra Club Cool School ranking
46%
Gross campus carbon footprint reduction, 2009–2018

Colgate contributes research, fosters innovation, and models environmental sustainability to the community and beyond... Colgate must continue to mitigate its impact on the climate and to strive to be a model of environmental responsibility.

Colgate University The Third-Century Plan