Our Color is Green

"As the College of the Adirondacks, it’s important that we take the extra steps necessary to protect the place we call home.

We want to be a leader when it comes to reducing our environmental footprint, and we want to make sure that what we do today makes sense for tomorrow." 

-Dr. John W. Mills
President, Paul Smith's College

In April of 2007 Paul Smith’s College became the 70th signatory of the American Colleges and Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment.

By signing the document, the college committed to eliminating our greenhouse gas emissions by 2029. Click here to see our current Climate Action Plan.

To view our bi-annual progress report and our carbon footprints for 2009 and 2011 please visit the American Colleges and Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment website at: http://rs.acupcc.org/

Below is a list of noteworthy accomplishments to date:

  • Currently installing state of the art wood pellet boiler, first wood pellet district heating system in New York. 
  • Completed a campus-wide energy audit and invested 2 million dollars in energy efficiency upgrades
  • We currently offset 100 percent of our electricity with renewable energy credits
  • All new construction on campus are required to be LEED certified Silver buildings on campus
  • Establishment of a Campus Sustainability office and student workstudy staff
  • Zero-Sort recycling on campus 
  • Food Scraps for Pigs Program! All of our pre-consumer food waste is currently donated to a local pig farmer. 
Campus Sustainability Office 
012 Student Center 
E-mail: Campussustainability@paulsmiths.edu 
Sustainability Coordinator: Katharine Glenn kglenn@paulsmiths.edu, 518.327.6054


Paul Smith's College
7833 New York 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

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