Earth Week 2014 Events, April 20-26

Attention Green Mules! April 20-26 is Earth Week, and we have big plans. There are activities each day, Sunday through Saturday, with the Environmental Expo on Tuesday, April 22, and our inaugural FreeCycle event Friday, April 25, as highlights. Come one, come all! Help celebrate green achievements from the past year.

RecycleMania 2014 Shows Tons of Colby Recycling

by Eda Reed ‘16 With more than 45 tons of Colby’s waste stream diverted from landfills in eight weeks, RecycleMania 2014 was a great success. Colby spent February and March working to increase recycling on campus and to divert as much waste as possible from landfills as part of the national recycling competition among higher education...

Colby Students Earn LEED for Green Associate Credential

During January Colby’s Sustainability Office offered a LEED for Green Associate course for interested students, faculty, and staff, and two students who took the course already passed the exam and are working on green building projects for the College. The course covered introductory information about the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), explored the Leadership...

EcoReps Find Opportunities in Waste Audit

“On Nov. 11 Lidia Henderson ’16 and Shannon Oleynik ’16 donned protective gloves and goggles to root through 25 bags of trash and recyclables from three residence halls. Their objective: to determine how effective students are at recycling. Their goal: to improve Colby’s recycling rate. Henderson and Oleynik are EcoReps”student environmental leaders who work to...

Solar-Powered Parking Lot Lights Tested

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...

LED Lighting Retrofit at Hockey Arena

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

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.

Gulf of Maine’s Future Is Conference Focus

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

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

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.

Lydia Ball ’13 Cowrites HuffPo Blog With Carl Safina

After oceans advocate Carl Safina's initial visit to campus as Mellon Environmental Studies Fellow, he asked Lydia Ball '13, an environmental science major from Havertown, Pa., to draft a blogpost. The two are coauthors of the piece, about Hurricane Sandy, published Nov. 10 on Huffington Post.

Students Help With Model After-School Program

Colby biology students working in a Skowhegan Middle School after-school program are helping with the only project in Maine chosen as a model by the 21st Century grant program.

MPBN Television Features Colby Researchers

MPBN's TV series Sustainable Maine features Colby professors and students in a new episode, "Saving Our Lakes," debuting Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8:30 p.m.

The Economic Impact of Lakes

Keeping Maine lakes healthy is the goal of a multidisciplinary initiative by Colby professors and students, and their efforts are being noticed by Maine media.

Student Coauthors Science Article

Michael Stephens '13 cowrote a Science magazine article about a surprising discovery in the Arctic, and CNN.com reported on the findings June 11. Stephens made the scientific expedition with Bigelow Laboratory last summer.

Protecting Lakes by Teaching Kids

A two-week program by Colby and the Maine Lakes Resource Center takes middle school students out on the water to learn about watershed science, runoff, and protecting lake water quality.