Sustainability

Olin College of Engineering is committed to innovative sustainable practices into everyday campus life that will minimize its “carbon footprint” on the world.

Olin College has invested in many sustainable practices. From the construction of the campus in 2001 to current programs in place today, the administration of the college has recognized the importance of “green” principles.

Some of the sustainable practices in place at Olin are:

  • Certification of the first LEED-EB building on campus
  • Water efficiency practices
  • Energy management initiatives
  • Community involvement programs

The college is invested in LEED-EB certification of its first building. Milas Hall is registered with the U. S. Green Building Council as a project to be certified as a “green” building. The rigorous process takes a whole building approach to sustainability. Points are awarded for buildings that meet criteria ranging from energy management to the custodial products used in cleaning the building.

Olin College invested in the water efficiency and wastewater planning from its original construction. 70 percent of the irrigation systems on campus are fed by well water. Also, retention ponds were implemented on campus to reduce the rainwater run-off into the local sewage systems.

The Olin College Dining Hall has gone "tray-less".

Energy management is a key initiative at Olin. Consumption of electricity and natural gas is measured monthly and capital investments have been made to enhance the program. The college has realized reductions in consumption levels over the past three years.

Olin provides meeting space for The Green Needham Collaborative, a local community organization that is pursuing energy saving measures for the town. The group is pursuing ideas ranging from wind to solar power options that can be implemented in Needham.