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
    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.
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    Traditional Timber Frame Will Sport Solar Panels
    Students in the Practicum for Renewable Energy are spending fall term working on a traditional timber frame structure that will shelter vehicles and generate power on COA’s Peggy Rockefeller Farms.
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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.