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EcoReps Find Opportunities in Waste Audit | December 18, 2013

In November EcoReps donned protective gloves and goggles to analyze 25 bags of trash and recyclables from three residence halls. Their goal: to improve Colby's recycling rate. 


Solar-Powered Parking Lot Lights Tested | November 22, 2013

Colby installed solar-powered parking-lot lights in a new parking area adjacent to the soccer/lacrosse field and is evaluating their performance this fall.

The two units use highly efficient LED lamps powered by photovoltaic cells located at the top of the fixture. During the day the photovoltaic panels convert sunlight to electricity, which is stored in batteries located in the base of the light fixtures. Photocells turn the battery-powered lights on when it gets dark. The light fixtures are also equipped with timers that turn off the LED lamps late at night and with motion sensors to turn the lights back on when someone is in the area.

As a result of the photovoltaics and batteries, the fixtures are completely self-sufficient and are not connected to an external power source. Typical exterior light fixtures for parking lots would use 200 to 250 watts when illuminated—power that would have to be purchased from the grid. The LED lamps consume approximately 75 watts, representing a great energy savings. The combination of a more efficient lighting source and an intelligent motion-sensor control system, creates a system that captures and stores energy by day and operates at night. 


LED Lighting Retrofit at Hockey Arena | October 16, 2013

The Alfond Ice Rink has new, more efficient, LED lights that improve illumination, save energy in a couple of ways, and reduce maintenance costs.


Students Queue for 13th RESCUE Sale | October 15, 2013

One student’s trash is another’s treasure. Colby has taken advantage of this since 2001, when it established the RESCUE (Recycle Everything, Save Colby’s Reusable Excess!) program. This year's sale was another big success.


Environmental Fellow Frances Moore Lappé Focuses on Solutions | October 9, 2013

Bestselling author of Diet for a Small Planet Frances Moore Lappé encouraged students to think beyond the world's problems during her first visit as the 2013 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Studies.


Colby Achieves Environmental Milestone: Carbon Neutrality | April 4, 2013

After a decade of work to measure, prevent, and reduce carbon emissions, Colby College announced April 4 that it has achieved carbon neutrality.


Gulf of Maine’s Future Is Conference Focus | February 25, 2013

Marine conservation leaders will convene at Colby March 8 for a conference on the future of Maine’s coastal communities, ecosystems, and fisheries. Its title: “Changing Oceans and the Future of the Gulf of Maine: Solutions, Success, and Sustainability.”


McClenachan Named Sloan Research Fellow | February 14, 2013

Loren McClenachan (environmental studies) is one of 126 scientists to receive a 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship recognizing promising early-career scientists.


Marine Science Semester Is Big Success | December 14, 2012

At Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Dec. 12, students who spent the fall semester learning and working in the labs presented posters on their independent research projects.


Another Building Renovated, Another LEED Plaque | November 14, 2012

Treworgy, a residence hall on Roberts Row, is the seventh project on campus to receive LEED certification as a green building and the fourth certified LEED Gold.

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