Sustainable Living

Unplug before breaks!

Bowdoin takes great pride in its commitment to sustainability, and the Office of Residential Life supports the College’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2020 in a number of ways:

  • A number of our residence halls are LEED certified, meaning that they have achieved a 3rd party environmental certification from the US Green Building Council for achievements such as reducing the water and heat consumption of the building. It is also possible to measure the amount of energy they are saving, which can be tracked on our Building Dashboard.  
  • Each residence hall has a student EcoRep who promotes earth-friendly living and helps maximize recycling and energy conservation opportunities in each building.
  • Every year, residence halls compete against one another in an “Energy Competition” to see who can reduce their energy usage the most in a month.
  • Residential Life encourages all residents to “unplug” before going home for break, which eliminates electricity use from appliances that are not being used. 
  • Residential Life supports the Sustainability Office in an end of the year waste diversion effort during student move out known as Give and Go.  The program has diverted tons of material from the local landfill, such as clothes, appliances and non-perishable foods. 

For more information about the role of sustainability on campus, explore Bowdoin’s official sustainability website here.