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
    COA Is Nation’s Greenest College
    Leading the way with a focus on renewable energy, zero waste, and a curriculum focused on sustainability, College of the Atlantic is named the #1 green college in the country in Sierra’s Cool Schools ranking for the second year in a row.
  • NEWS
    Energy Retrofit is All-Hands Effort
    There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved with practical energy work and apply knowledge from sustainability classes as students join College of the Atlantic’s Community Energy Center for a significant energy retrofit of one of the school’s buildings.
  • NEWS
    A College in Maine That Tackles Climate Change, One Class at a Time (New York Times)
    As universities and other institutions grapple with ways to fight climate change…College of the Atlantic is nudging its students to reach outside the school’s boundaries and start changing the real world.