Beech Hill Farm Solar Panels Installation

In 2007 College of the Atlantic became the first carbon-neutral college. Since then, our approach has evolved toward engaging students in a comprehensive, hands-on educational approach to all aspects of sustainability and eliminating our reliance on fossil fuels. In 2017, for the second year in a row, COA was named the greenest college in America in the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools ranking and by The Princeton Review in their  Top 50 Green Colleges list.

Together we wrestle with putting human ecology into action on campus and in the world, and in the process we often find ourselves changing not just light bulbs but also our conceptions of what it means to be “green.” From the food we eat to the energy we consume, the courses we teach, and the community that we build together, our commitment to environmental and social justice is an effort that engages faculty, staff, and students in the intellectual and practical life of the college.


  • NEWS
    College of the Atlantic Named Greenest College in America

    Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, names College of the Atlantic the greenest college in the country in its 10th annual “Cool Schools” ranking. The school jumps 15 spots from last year’s ranking of 16 to occupy the #1 slot “by a landslide.”

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    Nick Urban ’15 and the Plan to Make COA a Fossil Fuel-Free Campus
    The purpose of this senior project was to test the feasibility of the ‘Energy Framework,’ a document passed through the school governance system that sets goals to become a fossil fuel-free campus by 2050.
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    Commencement Includes Student Perspectives
    From biomedical research to agriculture, and renewable energy to alternative literature, the interests of this year’s senior graduation speakers represent the variety and depth of human ecology.