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Colgate’s Sustainability Program Receives National Recognition

By Sustainability Office on August 29, 2014

Last month, Colgate’s sustainability program received two prestigious recognitions.  On August 13 (lucky number!), Colgate received a perfect sustainability score from the Princeton Review.  As a result, we were recognized us as one of only 24 schools (out of 861 evaluated) to make their Green Honor Roll!

Colgate made the Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll in 2014.

Colgate made the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll in 2014.

The second recognition came from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  Colgate was one of 62 institutions (out of 494 registrations) to receive a “Gold” rating on AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS).  STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Colgate received a "Gold" rating from AASHE in 2014.

Colgate received a “Gold” rating from AASHE in 2014.

Congratulations to the entire Colgate community for all you do to support our sustainability program.

Join the fun at the Garden

By Sustainability Office on August 2, 2014

If you have been following our blog, then you know that Colgate’s Community Garden has a new location.  This spring, we moved from College Street (near the Newell Apartments) to Broad Street, just south of the Townhouses and Community Hospital.  The garden team including interns Alex Schaff ‘16 and Quincy Pierce ‘16 and our garden manager, Beth Roy, have literally built the garden from the ground up!  The team tilled the field, built a compost bin, formed garden rows, weeded, planted seedlings, and are now harvesting our first vegetables (including zucchini, squash, peas, cucumbers, and spinach).

The garden team is working closely with the Hamilton Food Cupboard and Hamilton Central Schools to grow, share, and donate food.  We also offer fresh produce from our garden through a farm stand at 104 Broad Street every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

From left to right: Beth Roy, Quincy Pierce '16, Alex Schaff '16, and Prof. Christopher Henke

From left to right: Beth Roy, Quincy Pierce ’16, Alex Schaff ’16, and Prof. Christopher Henke at the new garden.

The garden team has been thrilled with all of the support and enthusiasm from community members throughout this summer.  A lot of new faces have stopped by to attend work parties, movie nights, and volunteer hours.  Others stop by to care for their own personal raised bed garden.

So, please, stop by to get your hands dirty or just to say hello and get a tour of the garden. All are welcome!  Check the Colgate Calendar for upcoming events.  Also, volunteer hours are on Monday and Friday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

For more information, email communitygarden@colgate.edu.