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Through small yet meaningful actions, you can foster an economically rewarding, socially compassionate, and environmentally conscious community, encouraging others to do the same while supporting our overarching campus sustainability and carbon neutrality goals. 
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Foundations of Sustainability

Foundations of Sustainability is a 6-week interactive discussion course that explores the principles and practice of sustainability at Colgate University and beyond. The class will have a series of short readings on a specific topic each week, with topics encompassing the ecological, economic, social and health impacts of our choices on a national scale and here at Colgate University. and how individual choices can lead to a more sustainable future. Individuals are expected to attend at least 5 out of 6 sessions to receive “credits” demonstrating their participation and commitment to sustainability at Colgate.


Get Involved

RecycleMania RecycleMania is an annual recycling competition involving hundreds of colleges and universities. During eight weeks each spring, Colgate University joins the effort to reduce waste, increase recycling, and raise awareness of conservation issues across campus.  

Learn more about RecycleMania and Colgate's recycling program.
Sustainability Passport This program aims to generate motivation and raise awareness around issues of sustainability in the work environment, and provides employees with the resources and tools to implement sustainability initiatives. 

Request information about the Sustainability Passport
Host Green Events Hosting a brown bag, lecture, or other event? Our Green Events guide includes a section on Green Event Planning that provides suggestions on how to hold sustainable events, be it large or small, on-campus or off-campus.
Faculty and Staff Salvage The Purchasing Department has an online list of items and goods recovered from Colgate's departments and offices that are available for purchase or exchange by other offices at the university. Before buying something new for your office, take a look at the list of items available from salvage.

Updates for Faculty and Staff

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