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Colby's Environmental Advisory Group (EAG) is barely a year old, but its commitment to integrating environmental sustainability into academics, campus maintenance and administration is a longtime institutional ethos. Maine Gov. Angus King recognized that, and in September the College received a 2002 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Colby was the first institution of higher learning to earn one of the awards, first presented in 1995.
The award is an incentive for people at the College to continue their efforts--from composting yard and food wastes and lowering steam plant emissions to promoting a pedestrian-friendly campus. It also raises awareness of Colby's environmental priorities, says Patricia Murphy, director of the Physical Plant Department.The Governor's Award recognized Colby's curriculum, which includes environmental studies majors in policy or science as well as environmental options in biology, chemistry and geology. Recycling unwanted student belongings, reducing paper consumption and food waste in dining halls, using environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, making use of excess steam to generate electricity and favoring native species in landscaping also earned praise.
What's on the agenda for the future? "Looking at green building standards, alternative vehicles and waiting to see what the student body brings us," said Bruce McDougal, environmental compliance and safety coordinator. That doesn't mean simply listening to and responding to complaints.You have to make critics part of the solution and get them involved," said Murphy. "I hope this makes people realize how much is going on."
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