College of the Atlantic, ME Sustainable Campus

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College of the Atlantic, ME, US

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Type: Policy

Status: Ongoing

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The Kathryn W. Davis Residence Village
A residence village of 50 rooms using the highest current standards in green building.


  • Super-insulated construction
  • Oriented toward the sun for passive solar heating
  • Heating system fueled by wood pellets, a renewable fuel produced in Maine
  • In-floor radiant heat on the first floor via a central hydronic heating system, with hydronic wall mounted heaters on upper floors
  • Triple-glazed windows
  • Energy recovery ventilation systems to ensure fresh air
  • Roofs designed to be photovoltaic-capable for future installation


  • Composting toilets
  • Gray water heat recovery in showers to preheat incoming water

Preservation of Historic Architecture
College of the Atlantic is deeply honored to be entrusted with the stewardship of several historic buildings, including The Turrets, on the National Register of Historic Places and Sea Urchins, currently being under renovation for creative reuse as Deering Common, our new campus center.


  • Since its founding, COA has used mostly native species and some long-naturalized plants for its landscaping to minimize maintenance requirements.
  • No landscape waste goes off-campus.

Office Supplies
Our environmentally- and socially-responsible purchasing policies include:

  • Paper: 100% chlorine and dioxin free with 60% post-consumer waste, for publications, photocopies and printing.
  • Printer Ink Cartridge Recycling on campus; with training given to local schools to recycle as well
  • Office Supplies: purchased through a source focused on recycling & offering products with environmental certifications
  • Incandescent lightbulbs replaced with cfls wherever possible

Cleaning Supplies
Staff members are continually vigilant about eliminating toxins from paint, cleaning materials, landscaping and classrooms.

Wood Procurement
All wood used on campus comes from sustainably-managed forests.