The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Colby a $600,000 grant to support environmental studies at the College, President William D. Adams announced Jan 4. The grant will provide funds for further development of a marine conservation track within Colby’s signature Environmental Studies Program.

“This latest expression of support from Mellon is enormously important to us,” said Adams, “as it enables us to take the next logical step in the evolution of the Environmental Studies Program, which the foundation has done so much to advance in the past. We are enormously excited, and grateful, to have this opportunity.”

Established in 1971 and one of the oldest environmental studies programs offered by a liberal arts college, Colby’s ES program is undergoing a dramatic expansion with the planned addition of faculty in the areas of aquatic ecology, marine conservation and policy, and international environmental policy, and with a recently announced collaborative partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

Read more in a Jan. 6 Morning Sentinel article.