In April of 2019, Colgate’s Bicentennial year, the University became the first higher education institution in New York State to achieve carbon neutrality.
There is still more to be done and our journey continues.
What Carbon Neutrality Means
Since 2009, Colgate has reduced its campus carbon footprint by over 40 percent through on-campus initiatives. Achieving carbon neutrality means that the University is committed to balancing its remaining on-campus carbon emissions by investing in off-campus carbon reduction projects (carbon offsets) so that its net carbon footprint is zero. Reducing the output of on-campus carbon emissions remains a top Colgate priority.
Achieving carbon neutrality entailed three key approaches from the University: