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Grants Office eliminates plastic waste from Keurig coffee machine

By John Pumilio on January 13, 2012

The Grants Office has recently adopted a new practice that will save money and save the environment.

Like many other offices on campus, they have a Keurig coffee machine. Each time a cup of coffee is made, it uses a small plastic disposable container. Bruce Moseley recently purchased an Eko-brew which is a container that can be used over and over again. Read more

2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

By Sustainability Office on January 11, 2012

Compared to Colgate’s 2009 baseline inventory, the university decreased its emissions by 3,536 tons (from 17,353 in 2009 to 13,817 tons in 2012), or by 20.4 percent. This marked the lowest level of emissions since we began measuring our comprehensive greenhouse gas footprint in 2009.

Colgate’s 2012 gross emissions were 4.71 tons per full-time student and 5.90 tons per 1,000 square-feet of building space. This is a reduction in emissions of 1.52 tons per student and 1.54 tons per 1,000 square-feet when compared to our 2009 baseline inventory. Colgate’s highest sources of emissions were found to be our consumption of fossil fuels (e.g., fuel oil #6, fuel oil #2, kerosene, and propane) for heating at 32 percent of our total emissions, business-related air travel at 28 percent, electricity at 13 percent, and faculty and staff commuting at 10 percent. 2012