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The Environmental Studies program is a strong advocate for sustainable use of campus and community resources. The program provides civic engagement opportunities that enable students and faculty to participate in work that supports sustainability initiatives in our community.
To see the web site and to read student papers, click here.
Atlas of Maine
The Atlas of Maine was developed by students in ES212: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing, taught by Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus. In this new Environmental Studies course, students use geographic information systems (GIS) to develop maps highlighting the unique natural and human resources of Maine. Students also developed their own research projects that covered topics as diverse as habitat suitability modeling of south China tigers and viewshed analysis of land in the Belgrade Lakes and presented the results at Colby's Undergraduate Research Symposium. The students' maps can by viewed using an innovative and dynamic internet map server that allows viewers to click on and off different layers, to zoom in and out, to pan across the various layers, and even to query different map elements. To see hard copies of the students' maps and to explore the maps using the map server, click here.
Maine Lakes Project
Every year the "Colby Environmental Assessment Team" (CEAT) tackles a major group project in the real world. Problems in Environmental Science, ES 494 (Formerly BI493), investigates the factors that affect water quality in an area lake. Treated as a consulting firm, the CEAT students not only have the opportunity to conduct research, but also to present their results at local, regional and national meetings, to lake associations and the state Department of Environmental Protection. These organizations not only value the data but almost always act on it to mitigate pollution and improve lake water quality.
Take Back the Tap Campaign
Testifying at the State capitol
The ES Program helped support Colby's Environmental Education Day. This events is designed with the purpose of educating kids on different aspects of the environmental through outdoor activitities.
Students Attend National Conferences
Five ES Majors attended the Global Health and Innovation Conference held at Yale University in April of 2011.
In April nearly 30 Colby students (23 of which were ES majors) attended Powershift in Washington, D.C. They were part of an estimated 10,000 activists that received grassroots training on environmental issues, particularly climate change.
Community Outreach and Climate Change
Conservation, Development, or Both? Alternative perspectives on the future of the Moosehead Lake