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.


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    Hatchery Enterprise “Gourmet Butanol” Praised by USDA
    The USDA and COA hold a joint press conference to showcase some of the work going on in COA’s Sustainable Enterprise Incubator.  Five venture organizers chat with state representatives and provide a demonstration of the Gourmet Butanol process — a venture focused on creating an alternative to vehicle and home heating fuel out of food waste.
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    Climate Change Speaker Series Launches
    Paleontologist, biological oceanographer, and Harvard Society Junior Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Sibert opens College of the Atlantic’s Spring 2017 Seminar on Climate Change Speaker Series with “A History from the Bottom of the Sea: Microfossils, Marine Ecosystems, and Global Change.”
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    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.”