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Sustainability for New Students

Coming to Colgate? Here's what you need to know about Sustainability.
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Recycling at Colgate

At Colgate, we recycle as much as possible. Here is what you can recycle to reduce our waste production on campus:
  • Paper products
  • Bottles & cans
  • Electronic waste
Look for the paper, bottles/cans and e-waste recycling bins scattered around campus.  Learn more about our waste reduction efforts here.

Becoming Green Certified

Join the continuously growing group of students who have become Green Certified! The Green Certification Program provides students with the knowledge to become sustainable leaders on campus. You can learn more about the program and register to participate here

Packing Sustainably for Colgate

When coming to campus, there are some things you should consider bringing and some things you should leave at home, as well as some tips for purchasing your school supplies. Join other students who are modeling sustainable living at Colgate.  Expand the list below and read this post to get started.

Things to bring
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Power Strips
  • LED lightbulbs
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Reusable cutlery/dishes
  • High-efficiency detergent
  • Green cleaning products
  • Recycled notebooks
  • Bicycle

Leave at home
  • Printer
  • Car: we offer several free forms of transportation
  • Bed Risers

When buying supplies consider...
  • Energy Star® appliances: they use 1/3 less energy
  • Post-consumer recycled content notebooks
  • Renting textbooks or buying used copies
  • Coordinating with your roommates to avoid bring duplicate appliances
  • Purchasing used furniture from Hamilton yard sales

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