Carleton's official colors might be maize and blue, but look around campus and you'll be seeing green. The College is committed to being a good citizen of a more sustainable world (yeah, it's corny, but what do you expect from a college surrounded by cornfields?).

Students for a Greener Carleton

Carleton students push the College to think greener every day. Students inspired the purchase of our first wind turbine, the introduction of Fair Trade organic coffee in the dining halls, and many other campus initiatives.


Concerned about the ecological impact of your campus dining? Don’t worry: our dining service offers plenty of locally-grown (and campus-grown!) food. And all dining hall food waste is composted, along with all disposable items at the Snack Bar, including plates, cups, sandwich wrapping, and even the utensils!

Don’t Trash It!

Carleton was the first higher educational institution in Minnesota to implement a single-stream recycling program, where all recyclables — paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and glass — can be thrown together into bins located all across the campus. Now our Zero Waste Task Force is working to make Carleton a Zero Waste Campus by 2030.