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EcoReps have a blog!

Participants/Sponsors: The EcoRep program.

The EcoRep program launched a blog this month! Subscribe to the blog for frequent updates on what the EcoReps are up to.

Added on January 27, 2010

EnviroCo celebrates 350 the International Day of Action

Participants/Sponsors: Colby Environmental Coalition

On Saturday October 24th, over 60 Colby students participated in an Enviro Co sponsored event that featured an aerial photo from the Miller tower of everyone spelling out 350 (in the rain), followed by a gathering in the Pugh Center to view 350 video clips, write letters to our senators, read literature about global warming action, and enjoy some fall-related treats. The event was part of the International Day of Action, and some 5,200 actions occurred worldwide. It was organized by, an organization pushing for international climate legislation that is based on science: 350ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere as a maximum.

Added on October 28, 2009

ES Faculty Present at inaugural annual conference of the Association of Environmental Studies and Science

Participants/Sponsors: Green Colby

Philip Nyhus and Gail Carlson attended the inaugural annual conference of the Association of Environmental Studies and Science (AESS) in Madison, Wisconsin, October 8-11. AESS was formed in 2008 to serve the needs of environmental scholars and scientists who value interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, and problem-solving. Philip and Gail presented a talk, "The State of Maine as a Laboratory for Student Engagement in Environmental Policy," and facilitated a discussion on innovations in teaching. They also heard talks by Paul Ehrlich, Jane Goodall, Curt Meine (a biographer of Aldo Leopold), Wendell Berry, and many others.  The meeting was hosted by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

Added on October 20, 2009

Orientation Goes Green

Participants/Sponsors: ES Program and Campus Life

This year, Colby held its first Green Orientation, with the primary goal of educating new and returning students about Colby’s sustainability initiatives and sustainable living on campus. COOT leaders and hall staff participated in “Green Colby 101” training and were encouraged to promote sustainable living among their first-year students. A Green Team of students was highly visible during first-year move-in day and throughout orientation week. Green Team members educated new students about Colby’s commitment to sustainability and invited them to get involved with campus sustainability programs and organizations. . A Model Dorm Room was set up in the Fireside Lounge of Cotter Union throughout orientation week and through upper-class move-in day to demonstrate simple ways to live sustainably and to explore and share the environmental impacts of the typical Colby dorm room. Students were given the opportunity to sign a “Green Orientation Pledge” to consider the environmental impacts of their daily activities at Colby and beyond; over100 students signed. A “born-on dating” program promoted the long-term use of reusable water bottles rather than disposable ones and created an incentive system for keeping reusable bottles. The Green Team also assisted dining services with the composting of food waste at the COOT barbeque.

Added on October 5, 2009

Sustain Mid-Maine in Sentinel

Participants/Sponsors: Sustain MidMaine

The August 4 Morning Sentinel covered efforts by Sustain MidMaine, including Steve Erario '09 and other Colby students working as summer interns, to push environmental initiatives in the region.

Added on August 12, 2009

America's Energy Future Forum

Participants/Sponsors: Environmental Coalition members

On Saturday, Environmental Coalition members, empowered by Power Shift 2009, organized America's Energy Future Forum in collaboration with Focus the Nation, Greenpeace and the Sierra Student Coalition. Part of a national-wide campaign, more than 50 members of the local and Colby community convened with their representatives came together to speak about solutions for creating a clean and just energy economy. In addition, student leaders from Colby and College of the Atlantic met with aides to Senator Collins and Congressman Michaud after the forum to press for strong climate legislation from the U.S.

Among the panelists were Senator Collins' advisor on global warming, Amy Carroll; Rosemary Winslow, from the Office of Congressman Michaud; Jeremy Pare, Selectman of Manchester; Rob Brown, executive director of Opportunity Maine; Lisa Pohlmann, deputy director of Natural Resources Council of Maine and Prof. John Joseph of the Mid-Maine Sustainability Coalition.

Added on May 6, 2009

America's Energy Forum: Saving Climate Starts With Us

Participants/Sponsors: Enviro-Co

Only a sustained, citizen-led campaign will create enough momentum for the country to pursue alternative energy sources aggressively and hinder global climate change, according to several speakers Saturday afternoon at a student-organized forum held at Colby College's Diamond Building. ... Read the full Morning Sentinel story online.

Added on April 29, 2009

Green Graduation Coordinator

Participants/Sponsors: Sarah Sorenson

Sarah Sorenson '11 has been hired as the Green Graduation Coordinator for
2009. Sarah has been active on campus sustainability issues as a member of
EAG and co-president of EnviroCo. She will work with faculty, staff, and the
green team on continuing our tradition of greening graduation.

Added on April 29, 2009

Colby Rocks RecycleMania

Participants/Sponsors: Colby College

RecycleMania is a nationwide recycling competition among colleges used to promote recycling programs and waste reduction programs. Over a 10-week time span, Colby competed against other colleges to see which schools could collect the most amount of recyclables and least amount of waste. Out of the 292 participating colleges, Colby came in 30th place, with an average of 20.96 pounds of recyclables per person!

Added on April 15, 2009

Wind Expert Talks

Participants/Sponsors: Economics Department

Colby magazine covered a talk by Robert Gramlich ’91, policy director at the American Wind Energy Association. The title: "Energy Policy of the Obama Administration and the New Congress"

Added on April 14, 2009

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