Green Digest

Members of the Colby community post notes and links describing green initiatives in classrooms, residence halls, labs, offices, in the Waterville area, and beyond. 

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Alumna Takes NY Times to Task

ES major Blair Braverman '11, now in graduate school, has a letter in the March 21, NY Times, criticizing an article for undermining concerns about household toxins.

Added on March 22, 2012

Reflections of Student Gardeners

2 Feet 2 Bedrock interns Julie Kafka '12 and Nina Hatch '13 reflect on raising veggies on Runnals Hill. Seven takeaways in a two-page PDF (233K).

Added on November 21, 2011

ES Program Alum published in Orion Magazine

Blair Braverman '11 was recently published in Orion magazine. The Orion Nature Quarterly, first published in 1982, held that “humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live, and that the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature.” Since 1982 Orion became a bimontly publication and a focal point during a rich period of nature writing, and it has remained true to that core conviction even as its mission has broadened to include environmental and cultural concerns. See more on Blair's blog at

Added on September 7, 2011

ES Program Adds Three Professors

The Environmental Studies Program filled three tenure track positions, and with three outstanding professors arriving in 2011-12 it's a great year and a new chapter for one of the country's premier undergraduate ES programs.

Added on August 22, 2011

New Green Commuting Guide

A list of sustainable ways to get to and from campus is now up on the Green Colby website. Information on the iBike program, the ride board, the Jitney, and more!

Added on April 29, 2011

Colby Bike-to-School Day

On Friday, April 22 (Earth Day), Colby students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to walk, run, or ride their bikes instead of driving. As they get around campus and around Waterville sustainably, they will show their support for the environment as a community.

Added on April 12, 2011

Barrels Hosts Screening of "Tapped"

Participants/Sponsors: Environmental Coalition and the Take Back the Tap Campaign

On April 7 Barrels Community Market in Waterville hosted an informational session and the documentary "Tapped." The film examines the role of the bottled water industry and its' effects on health, climate change, pollution, and reliance on oil. This screening was part of the "Take Back the Tap" campaign dedicated to reducing Colby's use of bottled water. A discussion was held before the film to talk about Maine legislation (LD 1077) on the privatization of water and the state of public water systems. Citizens were encouraged to support public participation in large-scale water extraction in Maine. (Click header for a preview of "Tapped.")

Added on April 8, 2011

Survey on Sustainability at Colby

Green Colby? How do Colby students perceive and engage in sustainability every day? Do institutional commitments to sustainability match student attitudes and behavior? I'm conducting a survey for my senior anthropology seminar to measure our collective environmental consciousness as a community. You can contribute your thoughts on these questions and many more by following the link!

Added on April 5, 2011

Biomass! Colby's drive to become carbon neutral

Participants/Sponsors: Department of Anthropology

As Colby sets its sights on becoming carbon neutral within the next few years, the biomass renovation to the steam plant will become a critical cornerstone to reducing carbon emissions. Check out these two links for more information, and stay tuned for more information about the biomass plant during Earth Week:

Added on April 3, 2011


Participants/Sponsors: Colby College

The 2011 RecycleMania tournament is off and running with 630 colleges participating this year representing six million students and more than 1.5 million staff and faculty. Once again Colby is in the competition, and we have to prove it's an institution that genuinely values nature for what it is -- our life source.

For a list of who's involved this year, visit the Participating Schools page. 

Added on March 6, 2011

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