Green Bowdoin

Sustainability is a core value at Bowdoin that is seen in operational decision making all across the campus. While we ask the campus community to engage in pro-environmental behaviors such as recycling and energy conservation in their residence halls and offices, we practice what we preach by implementing these efforts on a large scale across the entire campus.

Energy Conservation

Adopting energy-saving habits and reducing personal energy use remains one of the most cost-effective ways to lower emissions at Bowdoin.  In 2009 Bowdoin implemented the Lucid Building Dashboard in over 50 buildings across campus. The platform allows building occupants to compare current usage with historical usage as well as provide real-time feedback during the energy conservation dorm competitions.  Learn more...

Waste Reduction

Recycle bins can be found in every dorm room and office space at Bowdoin, promoting Bowdoin’s Zero-Sort recycling as an easy means to reducing our landfill burden. But the College is continually looking for ways to “reduce” and “reuse” before resorting to “recycling.” 

Zero-Sort Recyling | Reducing Our Waste | Composting and Food Waste | Give Go

Green Building

Adhering to Bowdoin’s sustainability principles, the College incorporates the LEED process into all new buildings with a strong focus on reducing energy use. With a goal to be carbon neutral by 2020, we realize any building renovation or new building project is an opportunity to help us reduce our long-term carbon footprint. Learn more…

Landscape Planning and Maintenance

The Bowdoin Grounds division within the Office of Facilities Management maintains 205 acres of campus grounds, consisting of approximately 40 acres of athletic fields, 35 acres of lawns and gardens, and many acres of mixed deciduous and coniferous forests, including the hiking trails in the Bowdoin Pines and at the Coastal Studies Center. Learn more...

Green Transportation

An important component of Bowdoin’s Climate Action Plan is to reduce transportation emissions at Bowdoin. The college has taken a comprehensive approach to alternative transportation that includes everything from offering Zip Car membership and a Bike Share program, to providing discounted access to a local bus line and a free campus shuttle. Bowdoin is also accessible to and from the regional bus and Amtrak stations. Learn more…

Dining

Bowdoin College Dining Service is a committed and enthusiastic partner in the sustainability mission of the college. As a department, Dining believes in the importance of thinking and acting green therefore is constantly evaluating policies and procedures in light of their impact on the environment. Bowdoin Dining is proud of our initiatives that encourage best practices like local and organic purchasing, offering reusable to-go packaging, composting, and recycling. Learn more…