Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability

The College has a long standing commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, concentrating on issues such as waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation, "green" building, and purchasing. Bowdoin’s overarching goal is to become “carbon neutral” by the year 2020.  

Watch this 2-minute stop animation video by 2012 grad Maggie Williams outlining our Carbon Neutrality Plan.

The most recent 2015 emissions inventory indicated that in FY 2015 Bowdoin's own-source emissions were 17% lower than the FY 2008 baseline, confirming that the College is on track to reach its 28% target over the next six years. 

A Sustainability Implementation Committee, comprised of students, faculty and staff, meets quarterly to review progress on the Plan and evaluates future projects as the College moves closer to 2020.