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Fall 2005 Colloquia
Environmental Studies Evening Colloquium Series
“Building Momentum: Green Design Comes of Age”
Tuesday September 20 - 7:00 pm in Olin 1
This lecture will present an overview of state of the art Green Design and Construction principals and practices as well as case studies of exemplary sustainable building projects that utilize these methods. Good green design is achieved with an integrated approach that addresses the potential of a site and its relationship to the greater region, as well as with water conservation, energy
efficiency, renewable energy use, healthy building materials, sustainable construction practices and good indoor environmental quality. The talk will explain the best strategies, tools and technologies to put green goals to work and create buildings that are good for the planet.
A green design approach is critical in light of the building industry's impact on resource depletion. Worldwide, building and construction activities consume 40 billion tons of raw materials every year - 40% of total global use. In this country that includes 65% of all electricity, 36% of energy use and 12% of our fresh water supply. Green buildings substantially slow these demands. In addition to resource efficiency, green design offers better buildings, increased marketability, more accountability and enhanced services to occupants and society.
Gunnar Hubbard is the principal of Fore Solutions, an international high performance, green building consulting firm located in Portland, ME. He is an architect and an accredited LEED™ Professional. He is currently consulting on projects across the US and in England, which range from schools to large commercial buildings to retail and civic buildings.
“Saving The Maine Woods”
Tuesday September 27 - 7:00 pm in Olin 1
The Maine Woods represents the largest remaining wildland in the eastern United States without coherent permanent protection. As the Northern Forest Lands Study pointed out in 1990, it is of national significance. However, it is experiencing a revolution in ownership patterns, development pressures, logging intensity, road construction, and other changes. Forestlands are being fragmented, sprawl is spreading, woods-based employment is shrinking, no-trespassing signs are going up, timberlands are being transformed into real estate, and public access for recreation is in jeopardy. Indeed, the largest residential development in Maine history is now being proposed for the Moosehead region by Plum Creek Timber Company. In response, a variety of conservation ideas--including ecoreserves, easements, and public and nonprofit acquisitions--are being tried or advocated. This slide talk will touch on each, with a focus on the proposed Maine Woods National Park and Preserve.
Jym St. Pierre is Maine Director of RESTORE: The North Woods. After earning degrees from the University of Maine, he worked for the Maine Department of Conservation, The Wilderness Society, Northern Forest Alliance, and Sierra Club. He has also served in a wide variety of public interest positions, including the Maine Development Foundation's Leadership Maine Program, Maine Public Lands Policy Advisory Committee, Allagash Wilderness Waterway Advisory Council, Citizens to Protect the Allagash (Founding Member), Maine League of Conservation Voters (Founding Director), Maine Forest Biodiversity Project (Steering Committee), and Kennebec Land Trust (Founding President). A native of Auburn, Maine, Jym lives in Readfield where he has served on the Comprehensive Planning Committee, Planning Board, Board of Appeals, and Conservation Commission. In his spare time he is president of the Capital Area Camera Club.
"A Field Biologist's Odyssey: A Lifetime of Discovery"
Tuesday October 4 - 7:00 pm in Olin 1
“Climate Change and the University: Lessons Learned from the Tufts Climate Initiative”
Tuesday October 25 in Olin 1 - 7:00 pm
The Tufts Climate Initiative (TCI) began on Earth Day 1999 as Tufts became the first institution of higher education nationally to commit to specific emission reduction goals. TCI is an exemplary program that moves global warming beyond a classroom topic and promotes practical actions to help solve this critical environmental problem. In the past six years Tufts has worked to reduce its own emissions of climate altering gases by taking direct and measurable actions: a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency, fuel-switching, and behavioral change. Tufts has nearly leveled university emissions despite growth in the number of campus buildings.
This presentation will use the TCI share the lessons from the TCI experience to focus campus sustainability efforts using the issue of climate change as well as to explore the opportunities that climate change action presents for students, faculty, staff and administrators.
Sarah Hammond Creighton is Project Manager of the Tufts Climate Initiative. She is author of Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the Environmental Track Record of Universities, Colleges and Other Institutions, a motivational and how-to guide for staff, faculty, and students and offers detailed “greening” strategies. She holds a B.S. in Physics from Bates College and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Planning from Tufts.
"Strategies, Conflict, and the Development of Conservation Legislation: The Case of the Maine Lobster Zone Management Law"
Dr. Jim Acheson ‘62, Professor of Anthropology and Marine Science, University of Maine
November 15 - 7:00 pm in Olin 1
“Conservation in the Amazon Basin: Challenges and Opportunities”
Marianna Panuncio, Senior Program Officer at WWF
November 29 - 7:00 in Olin 1
Environmental Studies Lunchtime Colloquium Series
"Mellon Interns Return and Tell All"
12 - 1 Join us at 11:30 for a tray lunch!
This season's Mellon Interns are back from a busy summer. They will share with us the highlights from their experiences. Kevin Fritze worked on GIS projects with the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Jenna Morrison did advocacy and outreach projects for the Silent Spring Institute, and Jordan Levinson worked in the Marine Mammal department of the Mote Marine Biology Lab in Florida. Join us for lunch and hear all about it.
"Mellon Interns Return and Tell All"
This season's Mellon Interns are back from a busy summer. They will share with us the highlights from their experiences. Sarah Kelly worked at an environmental education center – Shelbourne Farms, Rosalind Becker conducted environmental research at the New England Aquarium. Join us for lunch and hear all about it.
“Climate Campaigning at Colby?”
Wednesday October 12, in the Foss Private Dining Room 12 - 1 Join us at 11:30 for a tray lunch!
Meg Boyle, Climate Campaign Director
Meg will speak about the Climate Campaign and current opportunities for students at Colby- a college with a legacy of strong climate action- to connect with the Climate Campaign and link with other students working on climate change initiatives from the local to national level. The Climate Campaign is a youth-based coalition of student groups, environmental networks, and local organizations that strives to reduce the Northeast's contributions to global climate change by fostering student leadership, leading successful campus- and state-level greenhouse gas emissions reductions campaigns, and supporting the initiatives of its partner organizations. The Climate Campaign is rooted in a system of strong state networks led by student coordinators and on a series of annual regional and state gatherings. Founded in 2003, the Climate Campaign is now active on hundreds of college and university campuses across nine Northeast states. The Climate Campaign is also a founding member of Energy Action, a North American youth clean energy coalition based in part on the Climate Campaign model.
“The New Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center: An example of Green Design”
Wednesday October 19, meet for lunch at 11:30 in the Foss Private Dining Room, then we will tour the new building!
Joe Feely, Architect, Colby
What is so “green” about this building? To the naked eye, the Alumni Center may look like any other building on campus – brick walls, copper roof, and ivory colored trim – however, there are many features of this building that make it sensitive to the local environment, conserve energy and natural resources, and create a healthy and pleasant environment for employees and visitors.
Come take the tour and hear all about it.
"Gloeotrichia in the Belgrade Lakes"
Wednesday November 2 in the Foss Private Dining Room
12 - 1 Join us at 11:30 for a tray lunch!
Professor of Environmental Studies, Dr. David Firmage and Professor of Chemistry Dr. Whitney King
(ES 401 credit)
“Off Campus Study Adventures”
Wednesday November 9 in the Foss Dining Room
12 - 1 Join us at 11:30 for a tray lunch!
Several Environmental Studies students have returned to campus from foreign lands. They will share tales of their trip and discuss how the various programs fit with the ES curriculum.
Graduate School Night
Members of the ES Advisory Committee will be on hand to answer questions you might have as you consider your graduate studies.
Tuesday October 18, Olin 1 - 7:00 PM
Discussion: Study Abroad Opportunities
Tuesday November 8 Olin 1 - 7:00 pm
Professor Dave Firmage will give an overview of the steps to pursing an off campus study experience. Learn more about the fun and challenges of life on foreign land.Back to top.
Requirements for the Senior Colloquium in Environmental Studies.
1. You are required to attend six of the scheduled presentations each semester. A minimum of three of these presentations each semester must be part of the Environmental Studies Evening Forum series.
For each of the six presentations that you attend, a typed, one page, single-spaced summary of the presentation is required. This summary should include, a) the title of the presentation, b) the speaker's name and affiliation, and c) a description of the main points of the talk including, e.g., the nature of the problem under study, the objectives of the research, the results, and possible conclusions or directions for further study.
3. The summaries are due to Russ Cole by 5:00 PM Friday following the presentation.
4. A member of the Environmental Studies Program will read your summary. If the reader determines that the summary is cogent and satisfies the criteria outlined in #2 above, he or she will affix the grade of "PASS" on the summary page. If the reader believes the summary is not cogent and does not satisfy the criteria outlined on #2 above, the grade of "FAIL" will be given. The reader will sign his or her name to the summary page so that in the event that you have questions regarding the grading of your summary, you may ask the reader of your summary directly.
5. You must complete six summaries with the grade of "PASS" in order to successfully complete the Spring ES 402 course. You will receive one credit for successfully completing both of the fall and spring courses. Those of you majoring in Biology/Environmental Science will recognize that these new courses have been modeled after the successful biology colloquium series.
6. Students will also be involved in helping faculty to host speakers during their visits to Colby. We also hope to provide opportunities for small group dinners with the guest speakers to provide informal opportunities for discussions of contemporary environmental issues.
This is a new initiative of the Environmental Studies Program. We are very interested in receiving feedback from our students. If you have comments or suggestions, please send them along to Russ Cole. Thanks!
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