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Campus Sustainability Plan

The Campus Sustainability Plan, submitted by the Campus Sustainability Subcommittee (CSS) of the Institutional Policy and Planning Committee, provides a thorough review of the progress that Skidmore has made in its campus sustainability efforts and offers goals in five key focus areas to help Skidmore continue to develop and practice create sustainability solutions. The Campus Sustainability Plan includes goals in five key focus areas including energy, food, waste, lands and grounds and engagement.

Click to download the full Campus Sustainability Plan.

2015–16 Annual Report

2016–17 Annual Report

2017-18 Annual Report

 2017-18 Infographic

Campus Sustainability Plan Goals


  • Goal 1: 60% of our electricity from renewable sources
    • Currently 40% of electricty from renewable sources (excluding nuclear)
  • Goal 2: 60% of our heating and cooling from renewable sources
    • Currenty 35% of total campus square footage heated and cooled geothermally
  • Goal 3: 75% reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions
    • Currently 40% reduction from normalized 2000 baseline
  • Goal 4: 60% reduction in energy use for heating and cooling per student and square foot
    • Currently 51% reduction per student and 56% reduction per square foot
  • Goal 5: Maintain electricity use per student and square foot
    • Currently 1.1% increase per student and 13% reduction per square foot


  • Goal: 25% sustainable food in Dining Services
    • Currently 10% of food purchases meet Sustainable Food standards


  • Goal 1: 60% diversion rate in routine operations
    • Currently 34% diversion rate in routine operations
  • Goal 2: 50% diversion rate for special projects
    • Currently tracking CIS diversion rate

Lands and grounds

  • Goal: Create a comprehensive lands management plan for our lands and grounds
    • The Campus Sustainability Subcommittee (CSS) continues to develop a comprehensive land stewardship plan. The CSS is currently focused on a plan for 900 acres of undeveloped land north of campus.


  • Goal: Make sustainability an essential feature of Skidmore's identity and a value that is integrated into all aspects of the college
    • Skidmore continues to integrate sustainability into the ehtos of campus. Please review the 2017-18 Report for more details.